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Cimarron (1961)

Glenn Ford , Maria Schell , Anthony Mann    Suitable for 12 years and over   VHS Tape
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Glenn Ford, Maria Schell, Anne baxter
  • Directors: Anthony Mann
  • Format: PAL
  • Classification: 12
  • Run Time: 147 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000TO0ZKM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 307,576 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Product Description

Colourful epic remake of the 1930 western classic. Some excellent show piece scenes such as the Oklahoma land rush. Has some nice performances from a star cast but the leading lady seems a little ill at ease at times.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The last and least of Mann's Westerns 7 Aug 2008
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
The last and least of Anthony Mann's Westerns, 1960's Cimarron was originally intended by MGM as a Rock Hudson vehicle after the success of Giant. It's at once a lavish film and an undernourished one, not least because of the production problems that saw Mann's run of bad luck with epics repeat itself: after being fired from Spartacus at the start of shooting by Stanley Kubrick, on Cimarron he was replaced towards the end of shooting by an uncredited Charles Walters. It's all to easy to spot the join, with the many early exterior scenes that are very obviously and artificially shot on interior sets at the studio sticking out like a sore thumb with Mann's signature location filming.

Though remembered today, if at all, as doorstop soap operas, in their day Edna Ferner's novels were hugely controversial, and Cimarron was no exception, dealing along the way with racism, anti-Semitism and Indian land rights, though these are treated rather less boldly here than in the 1930 version (especially in the general release and European versions that trimmed a subplot with the leads' son marrying a Native American girl, though these scenes are in the Region 1 DVD). What's left is an ambitious saga, charting the changing face of the wilderness from the Oklahoma Land Rush to the 'civilisation' that comes with the discovery of oil and the big money to be made by a few, taking in the winners and losers strewn along the path of progress along the way, all nominally held together by the restless figure of Yancey Cravat (Glenn Ford). A man who tries everything but can never stay the course before chasing the next dream, he's held as the pioneer ideal, but it's clear that his long-suffering wife (Maria Schell) is the saga's real hero, setting roots and building a future.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Cimarron; mean, wild and crazy? 3 May 2011
By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Cimarron is mostly directed by Anthony Mann and written by Arnold Schulman. It's based on the Edna Ferber novel of the same name and was previously made into a film in 1931. It stars Glenn Ford, Maria Schell, Anne Baxter, Harry Morgan, Russ Tamblyn, Mercedes McCambridge and Lili Darvas. Franz Waxman scores the music and Robert Surtees is the cinematographer. It's a CinemaScope production, filmed in Metrocolor and exterior locations were shot in Arizona.

--At high noon April 22, 1889, a section of the last unsettled territories in America was to be given free to the first people who claimed it. They came from the North, they came from the South and they came from across the sea. In just one day an entire territory would be settled. A new state would be born.

They called it Oklahoma--

With changes from both the novel and the 1931 film, Cimarron 1960 was a big budgeted production. With a huge cast and a running time to match, it was expected to be an epic winner for MGM. It wasn't. For although it has undoubted qualities to please the keen Western fan, it has just too much flab on its belly to let it run free. On the plus side is Surtess location photography and Anthony Mann's ability to stir the blood by way of his action know how. The highlight of the film, and certainly a Western fan's must see sequence, is that of the actual "land-rush" that forms the narrative starting point of the film. A stunning collection of crashes, bangs, death and heartbreak are put together by Mann and the heroes that form the stunt team. Sadly the bar is raised so high so early in the film, it's all down hill from there for expectation and actuality.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By J. Lovins TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
MGM presents "CIMARRON" (December 1960) (147 mins/Color) (Dolby digitally remastered) -- Our story line and plot, The epic saga of a frontier family, Cimarron starts with the Oklahoma Land Rush on 22 April 1889. The Cravet family builds their newspaper Oklahoma Wigwam into a business empire and Yancey Cravet is the adventurer-idealist who, to his wife's anger, spurns the opportunity to become governor since this means helping to defraud the indians of their land and oil --- Anthony Mann (Director), Robert Surtees (Cinematographer) and John D. Dunning (Film Editor), with the striking memorable score from Franz Waxman completely stirring the veins of drama, which will keep the heart pounding from the opening scenes to the end credits --- One character is expanded considerably from the 1931 film. Edna May Oliver was Mrs. Wyatt who was a pioneer woman whose husband we never did meet --- Here Mrs. Wyatt is played by Mercedes McCambridge who is married to Arthur O'Connell who is very important to the story. They're this hardscrabble share cropper family who get a real scrubby piece of land at the beginning of the land rush, mainly because O'Connell falls off the stagecoach right at the beginning of the land rush and Mercedes runs across the starting line and she claims the land right at the line --- Anthony Mann went from making westerns to epics, and with this film, he was in the best of both worlds --- Director Anthony Mann who got fired towards the end of the film's production did a very good job with both the cast and the spectacle. Read more ›
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