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The Rare Breed [DVD]


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  • Actors: James Stewart, Maureen O'Hara, Brian Keith, Juliet Mills, Don Galloway
  • Directors: Andrew McLaglen
  • Producers: William Alland
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Jun 2005
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002K10KW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 53,441 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Western starring James Stewart and Maureen O'Hara, based on real-life events that took place in the 1880s when Hereford cattle were first introduced to the American West. Martha Price (O'Hara) and her daughter Hilary (Juliet Mills) enlist the help of Sam 'Bulldog' Burnett (Stewart), a wandering ranch hand, to carry out the dream of Martha's late husband who died en route to America. His dream was to introduce Hereford cattle by transporting a lone bull, Vindicator, to Texas to breed it with longhorn cattle. Martha, Hilary and Sam set out on the road to Texas with the bull, but the trail is fraught with dangers and Sam has to rescue the women from a series of Western-style ambushes and abductions.

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A very offbeat subject gives this Western its beefy flavour: English lady Maureen O'Hara brings a prize Hereford bull to the Wild West, where she plans to introduce its hardy bloodline into longhorn country. Cattle puncher James Stewart finds the idea suspect, but he likes this redhead, so he manages to tag along through stampede, gunfight, and blizzard. Director Andrew V. McLaglen generally steers a pleasing course, although the movie occasionally stumbles between brawling comedy and western drama. One stunt sequence, a run of longhorns through a desert canyon, qualifies as a hair-raiser. Brian Keith, wearing a gigantic red beard, does a Scots accent as a cattle baron, and veteran cowhands Ben Johnson and Jack Elam are around to lend atmosphere. The big bull's name is Vindicator, and he obeys whenever Juliet Mills whistles "God Save the Queen"--did we mention this is a very offbeat subject for a Western? --Robert Horton --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 9 Jan 2012
Format: DVD
Recently widowed, Martha Price {Maureen O'Hara} and her daughter Hilary {Juliet Mills} travel from England to Texas to sell their prized Hereford Bull, Vindicator. Along the way, a drifter, Sam Burnett, aids them on their journey and is very tempted to bluff the duo and bag himself some easy cash. But as the journey starts to become perilous, Sam finds himself strongly drawn to Martha, but he's also not the only one.

The Rare Breed is a fictionalised account of how British bred cattle came to be part of the American beef industry. Coming as it did in James Stewart's late 60s mellow period, it has an air of cartooned dramatics, it works to a degree, but the joke quickly wears thin and the drama never has the desired impact. Directed by Andrew V. McLaglen and tidily shot by William H. Clothier {tho the cheap shots are evident}, the picture appears to have been cut in one or two places because we lurch from a couple of scenes to completely different scenarios, and its quite off putting. The acting is fine, all the cast give it gusto, with Brian Keith having a ball playing a raging Scotsman, i mean swigging whiskey in the bath at frequent intervals has to be a bonus to me!. One or two punch ups are safely handled by McLagen, and a stampede is watchable if a touch let down by the sloppy editing from Russell F. Schoengarth, to leave us with a fare little film that is instantly forgettable afterwards. 4/10
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 10 Nov 2006
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The Rare Breed is one of those lukewarm westerns from James Stewart's sixties' `loveable' phase when he abandoned the dark determination of the Anthony Mann films to go for a more Disneyfied comic approach. Indeed, the film feels more like a typical Disney family comedy of the 60s than a Western, an impression not dispelled by Jack Elam's comedy villain, Juliet Mills' and Don Galloway's juvenile leads and, most terrifying of all, Brian Keith in bushy red wig and beard with outrageous `Scottish' accent wooing Maureen O'Hara. Throw in the standard John (then still billed as Johnny) Williams Western score, and you've got an inoffensively bland but utterly unmemorable Sunday afternoon movie.

The 2.35:1 widescreen transfer is more than acceptable, but the fullframe trailer has clearly seen better days.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R. M. Johnston on 1 Jun 2009
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A remarkable film with a bull as the central character.Imported from Britain the bull is left to fend for itself amongst wild longhorn cattle and even wilder terrain and brutal weather.Whilst others loose faith one man believes and waits for spring to arrive...
great photography and good performances from James Stewart and Maureen O'Hara.
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By Dr. H. A. Jones TOP 500 REVIEWER on 24 July 2013
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A pleasant enough western about a family's determination to get a rare Hereford bull out to the western prairie to start a new herd of cattle. When her husband dies on the trip out from Britain to America, Martha Price (Maureen O'Hara) and her daughter Hilary (Juliet Mills) are left to try to fulfill her husband's dream. To achieve this they enlist the help of cattleman Sam Burnett (James Stewart) to get a Hereford bull called Vindicator to a breeding ranch in Texas. Although at first Burnett decides to rip-off the couple for the $1000 they were paid for the bull, he mellows as he gets to know Martha and Hilary and helps them ward off the dangers instead. Brian Keith as Scotsman Alexander Bowen is rather unconvincing but much more convincing is Don Galloway (`Ironside's second in command) as cattleman Jamie Bowen, Alexander's son. Galloway also provides the love interest for Hilary. A enjoyable though not gripping movie.
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By Sonya Forsythe on 1 July 2013
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it was brilliant my girls really loved it
and there more cow boy films there watching i'm gad i got it
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By A. D. Taylor on 28 April 2013
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i bought this as every time its been on the tv i always seen to miss the beginging of the film .
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By Ph BRETON on 19 Jan 2013
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Maureen O'hara 'n James Stewart play marvellously well. I was delighted. From an enthusiastic fan of these two exceptional actors hurra!
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