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  • Actors: Alan Ladd, Jean Arthur, Van Heflin, Brandon De Wilde, Jack Palance
  • Directors: George Stevens
  • Writers: A.B. Guthrie Jr., Jack Schaefer, Jack Sher
  • Producers: George Stevens, Ivan Moffat
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Oct. 2003
  • Run Time: 123 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (127 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000A5BSW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,308 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A retired gunfighter, now a drifter determined to establish a peaceful life, comes to the aid of a homestead family threatened by a land barron and his hired gun.

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Consciously crafted by director George Stevens as a piece of American myth making, Shane is on nearly everyone's shortlist of great movie Westerns. A buckskin knight, Shane (Alan Ladd) rides into the middle of a range war between farmers and cattlemen, quickly siding with the "sod-busters". While helping a kindly farmer (Van Heflin), Shane falls platonically in love with the man's wife (Jean Arthur, in the last screen performance of a marvellous career). Though the showdowns are exciting, and the story simple but involving, what most people will remember about this movie is the friendship between the stoical Shane and the young son of the farmers. The kid is played by Brandon De Wilde, an amazing child performer; his parting scene with Shane is guaranteed to draw tears from even the most stony-hearted moviegoer. And speaking of stony hearts, Jack Palance made a sensational impression as the evil gunslinger sent to clean house--he has fewer lines of dialogue than he has lines in his magnificently craggy face, but he makes them count. The photography, highlighting the landscape near Jackson Hole, Wyoming, won an Oscar. --Robert Horton

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79 of 80 people found the following review helpful By "starlighthotel" on 12 July 2005
Format: VHS Tape
Alan Ladd starred in one of the most spare and beautiful westerns ever captured on film in George Stevens' portrait of a lonely gunfighter and the bond he forms with a family of homesteaders under seige out west. Jack Schaefer's very good western novella was lofted to greatness by Ladd's quiet performance as the gunfighter Shane, who gets a glimpse of the life he would have preferred rather than the hand he was dealt.
A story and film which sounds simple, and is often described as such, is really anything but, its complexity hidden by its scope and the subtle manner in which it is told. Shane is the mythic figure, riding in on the horizon and staying to help a family fend off a rancher trying to drive the farmers off their land. It is a story of changing times and complex relationships.
Shane forms a bond with farmer Van Heflin and becomes his friend because of his decency and acceptance of Shane, even though Shane's gun and his readiness to draw at the slightest sound reveals a past and a way of life Shane would like to live down. Shane knows he is on the way out as the west changes and it is ironic that he chooses to help the family trying to build a town and a community, the very things that will be his demise.
Brandon De Wilde is excellent as the young boy who needs a larger than life hero to look up to and finds him in Shane. As he and Shane form a bond, an inevitable confrontation between a deadly gunfighter hired to get rid of the homesteaders will force him to put on his gun and live up to everything the young boy feels in his heart for Shane.
Jean Arthur gives a wonderful and often overlooked performance as the wife who loves her husband and son dearly, but can not deny the feelings she has for Shane.
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65 of 67 people found the following review helpful By Manco on 26 July 2005
Format: DVD
Shane is a masterpiece, irrespective of genre. Naturally, most discussion of the film comes up in the context of 'great Western' debates but this is a little unfortunate since Shane is a great film which happens to also be a great Western.
From the opening scene to the immortal closing shot Shane captures the imagination and the emotions. It is not that Shane offers anything particularly new in terms of storyline: the mysterious drifter wandering into a town where a struggle between homesteaders and cattlemen is going on was and has been a staple of Western story-telling from the beginning of the genre's popularity. Rather, Shane manages to encapsulate everything that we dream the West to be about - the good and the bad.
Each scene, character, line of dialogue, moment of action is so deliberately crafted and delivered that it borders on the extreme. Take for example Shane's arrival at the home of the Starrets, he is seen riding into view through the antlers of a grazing deer. Or the symbolic importance of Shane and Joe finally uprooting the tree stump which Joe states has been a burden for nearly five years - surely the fact that the stump is finally uprooted on the day of Shane's arrival and with his assistance holds serious implications for the meaning of Shane's presence in the valley. These are but two examples in a film which makes a point in every scene.
Such an approach to telling this tale has lead to the claim that Shane is film dedicated to the myth of the American West, that through the characters and the words they speak we see the West as we imagine it to have been, not what it was or will ever be.
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Philip G. Brown on 7 Jun. 2004
Format: DVD
In the extras, the two old gents speak engagingly of how they went out to make just another western, and how they came back with Shane. This speaks volumes on how a film can have intellectual depth without any pretension.
A beautiful understated study of unrequited love, perfectly acted by Jean Arthur and Alan Ladd, set against a magnificent landscape. Van Heflin being the opposite of Alan Ladd: uncharismatic, stolid, ordinary yet even so managing to convey convincingly a character that Jean Arthur would stick by. Brandon De Wilde growing up before our eyes, culminating in the poignant final scenes where we see the end of his childhood. Jack Palance giving us a great villain and the only hissable baddie in the film. All the supporting characters have light and shade, even the diehard free range cowman is able to explain where he is coming from and gets our understanding if not our support.
Although, technically unsophisticated by today's standards and the studio interiors do let the atmosphere slip sometimes, the DVD shows how superb tripack Technicolor was. I don't think the day-for-night shots have ever been bettered.
George Stevens has created a work of great depth in a simple style.
Oh! And the wood chopping sequence with Victor Young's music is one of my all time favourites.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Simon on 21 Jun. 2004
Format: DVD
This is a classic and over the decades since its making has lost none of its charm. It has everything a good old fashioned western should have. Theres the quiet unassuming hero, Alan Ladd, who can only be pushed just so far and the dastardly bullying villian Jack Palance that he's going to have a reckoning with.The stirring music has you hooked from the start. Its wonderful, put your feet up and imagine yourself in the one and nine pennies at Saturday morning pictures.This is how cowboy films were meant to be. "Come back Shane, come back"
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