Chisum is directed by Andrew McLaglen, written & produced by Andrew J. Fenady, and stars John Wayne, Forrest Tucker, Ben Johnson, Geoffrey Deuel, Bruce Cabot, Andrew Prine & Richard Jaeckel. Primary location for the shoot was at Durango in Mexico; with William H. Clothier photographing, and Dominic Frontiere provides the musical score.
Film is very loosely based on events and characters from the Lincoln County War of 1878 in New Mexico Territory. Which involved such characters like Pat Garrett, Billy the Kid, John Tunstall, Alexander McSween and others.
Hollywoodisation of the Lincoln County War and Billy the Kid mythology, Chisum is a fun and colourful movie. Tho not necessarily a John Wayne movie. Wayne may be the draw card here, and sure enough the political leanings of the narrative and iconography of the lead character; point to it being a big Duke Wayne vehicle. Yet he's very much just an ensemble character, even on the periphery of things as the multi plot strands weave in and out of the story. But the film survives not over using the big man thanks to McLagen's brisk direction and Clothier's superb capturing of the Durango vistas. The cast have fun, and thankfully the big action pay off at the finale is well worth waiting for (cattle stampede-hooray!).
Big and brash for sure, even hokey into the bargain, but undeniably great entertainment for the undemanding Western fan. 7/10