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My Darling Clementine [VHS]

Henry Fonda , Linda Darnell , John Ford    Universal, suitable for all   VHS Tape
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Henry Fonda, Linda Darnell, Victor Mature, Cathy Downs, Walter Brennan
  • Directors: John Ford
  • Writers: Samuel G. Engel, Sam Hellman, Stuart N. Lake, Winston Miller
  • Producers: Samuel G. Engel
  • Language: English
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Fox
  • VHS Release Date: 1 Oct 1999
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004COIG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 153,887 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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John Ford directs this classic paean to the Old West. Wyatt Earp (Henry Fonda) and his brothers Virgil (Tim Holt) and Morgan (Ward Bond) head for a peaceful ranching life in California, but tragedy strikes and makes Wyatt take up the Sheriff's badge again in the town of Tombstone - home to Doc Holliday (Victor Mature) and the notorious Clanton Boys. It isn't long before the Earps, Holliday and the Clantons face off in the most famous gunfight in history - at the OK Corral.

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great classic western!!!!! 27 Feb 2001
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Probably the best movie of this director: a true celebration of the legend of the American west. The movie tells the classic story of the gunfight at the OK Corral with sheriff Wyatt Earp: while it isn't historically realistic, it outshines ALL later attempt to do a more accurate version of the story. The reason is simple: Ford always said that "the legend is more interesting than the truth". Of course it's a Hollywood movie, and it's not a revisionist Peckimpah western, but it has interesting characters (even the lesser one such as the barman are believable and add some human touches), a solid plot, a great screenplay (don't miss the Shakespearean actor who wants to perform in a saloon!!!) and an EXTRAORDINARY B&W cinematography.
The FOX cassette version is very good!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Western that has everything. 5 Oct 2009
I never tire of watching this classic. The characters are so clearcut and one feels some empathy with all of them even the villains who are a product of a hard country and ignorance. The roughness and cruelty of the wild west is all there. Unusually even the romance angle, which usually ruins most westerns is treated in a simple, unsophisticated manner. The scene with Doc Holliday and the travelling actor leaves one terribly moved and as the story surges towards its inevitably tragic conclusion you know that no one is going to end up happy but this is the way it has to be. Ford never made a better western.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars When you pull a gun, kill a man! 29 Nov 2009
When people say `They don't make them like that anymore' this marvellous film is the sort of thing they mean. You all know the story so i won't bother telling you. Wonderful performances from a never-better Henry Fonda as Wyatt Earp(check out the dancing!), Victor Mature as Doc Holliday (got a bit of a cough doncha know) and Walter Brennan as the head of the somewhat parentally challenged Clanton family. Beautifully shot in black-and-white, full of dry humour and, basically, one great scene after another. Who cares if it's historically accurate, it's a great film. See it.
Oh and of course as it's a John Ford film you get to hear `Shall we gather by the river'. What more could you ask for?
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Here is a movie which practically hums with excellence, from the star performances of Henry Fonda, Victor Mature and Walter Brennan to the extraordinary craftsmanship of director John Ford. I've watched a lot of Ford movies; many I like and many I don't. My Darling Clementine is, in my view, Ford's most accomplished film. The movie may seem to be about a gun fight showdown, or about the wary relationship between Wyatt Earp and John Holliday, or about a shy romance between an upright man with little experience with love and a proper young woman who decides to be a school marm, or about honor and justice and retribution. It's all of this. Most of all, it's about how the west changed. Ford shows us not through big gestures and symbolic, obvious actions, but through the little gestures of some good people and some extremely well-crafted set pieces.

The Earp brothers led by Wyatt (Henry Fonda) have their cattle rustled and their youngest brother, James, killed just outside the wild town of Tombstone. Earp is sure Old Man Clanton (Walter Brennan) and his four sons are responsible. He decides to stay awhile as Marshal and see about a little legal retribution. He encounters John Holliday (Victor Mature), a self-loathing former doctor, now a quick-shooting killer and gambler, ill with tuberculosis, who runs things in the saloon and is drinking himself to death. Holliday has had a relationship for quite a while with a bargirl named Chihuahua (Linda Darnel). Then Clementine Carter (Cathy Downs) shows up on a stage from back east looking for Holliday. She loves him and wants to rescue him. And Earp finds himself thinking that Clementine is the nicest, prettiest woman he's ever met. "I love your town in the morning, Marshal," she tells him. "The air is so clean and clear...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Mario
Every scene is brilliantly done; there are some classic Western elements wherein: a man does what a man has to do; a man and a woman are threatened with and shown their potential for happiness before delaying or denying themselves a future; a once great man sacrifices himself for the good of humanity despite his faults; all of the supporting characters have back-stories which are worked out with equal and lasting believability. Humane and convincing performances all-round particularly Victor Mature, surely one of the great underrated film actors who may have been hopeless on stage but put in front of a camera is a great presence here certainly. Moments of comedy and pathos and cruelty and lightness and hope all superbly filmed by a luminous camera. It's a cracking story and a superbly amusing and literate script which uses Shakespeare in a thrilling moment as well as any film I've seen ever has (Withnail and I is good at that of course!). To watch and watch again with ever-increasing delight. A masterpiece.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars my darling clementine 23 May 2009
By Jddry
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
i have just bought a second dvd of my darling clementine what a superb movie this is.I taped it a few years ago off the tv but always wanted to buy the movie when it came out i seen it on amazon and liked the look of the packaging as well and i wasnt disappointed its superb and the price also i hadnt heard of cinema reserve before but i will certainly be buying again.jddry
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hoedowns & shootouts
I hadn`t seen this for decades, but I remember loving it when I first saw it (on TV - I`m not that ancient) and the same feeling came back watching it again. Read more
Published 1 month ago by GlynLuke
4.0 out of 5 stars In Queue to be Viewed
Saw it years ago and liked the film , but have not yet watched the DVD version I recently purchased.
Published 7 months ago by Malcolm Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Austerity Western?
This western, shot in black and white, and directed by John Ford, leads us through the events that led to the shootout between Wyatt Earp, helped by Doc Holiday, and the Clayton... Read more
Published 9 months ago by GrahamM
5.0 out of 5 stars Sunday classic chill out movie
Feet up cuppa tea ...aaahhhh....I love the story the style the actors no over the top cowboy language this is a classic movie everyone should see.
Published 11 months ago by Stala Kiron
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth having in your collection.
If you want to know the real story of Wyatt Earp and the gunfight at the OK Corral do not rely on this film to give you the true facts. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Speedygee
5.0 out of 5 stars A marvellous film
This film is about the establishing of civilization and the Rule of Law - the role of Christianity is emphasised as is also respect for women. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Roger F. Alsop
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film
Great on historicity if not exact history, but this is an atmospheric film and it conveys the Old West intelligently and with great artistry. Read more
Published 22 months ago by R. J. de Bulat
1.0 out of 5 stars Ok Corral
I have seen several versions of Wyatt Earp and the Clantons, I am keen to see this version as I think that I see it in the cinema when it was released. Read more
Published on 30 May 2012 by RosieInLondon
3.0 out of 5 stars ...she is lost and gone forever...
Henry Fonda (Wyatt Earp) and his 3 brothers are driving cattle towards Mexico when his youngest brother Don Garner (James) is murdered and the cattle stolen. Read more
Published on 31 May 2010 by Alex da Silva
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