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The Sons Of Katie Elder [DVD] [1965]

John Wayne , Dean Martin , Henry Hathaway    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: John Wayne, Dean Martin, Martha Hyer, Michael Anderson Jr., Earl Holliman
  • Directors: Henry Hathaway
  • Writers: Allan Weiss, Harry Essex, Talbot Jennings, William H. Wright
  • Producers: Hal B. Wallis, Joseph H. Hazen, Paul Nathan
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Polish, English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Jun 2005
  • Run Time: 122 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005UO65
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,094 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



John Wayne recovered from his first bout of cancer to appear in 1965's The Sons of Katie Elder as the brother of Dean Martin, Earl Holliman and Michael Anderson Jr. All four characters are wandering souls prone to trouble, but after the funeral of their frontier mother, they set out to avenge her death. Directed by Henry Hathaway (Wayne's director on True Grit), the film moves like a conventional, latter-day Western, with good performances from Wayne and Martin, who'd already costarred with the Duke in Howard Hawks' Rio Bravo. There's also nice support from Dennis Hopper (who had a legendary conflict with Hathaway on this film), Strother Martin and George Kennedy. --Tom Keogh

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
Beset by production difficulties and largely ignored by critics upon release, this is a film that, like its star, has grown better with age. Director Hathaway's open-air style perfectly suits the expansive nature of the material, which by today's standards seems almost leisurely. In fact Sergio Leone acknowledged this fact when he greatly reworked the opening station scene as the beginning of Once Upon a Time in The West/C'era una volta il West (1969). (He also had his heroine arriving at his own Clearwater station later.) Elmer Bernstein's score is a standout, recalling his achievement on The Magnificent Seven (1960). There are several scenes which gain immeasurably from his masculine music, which ranges from the grand celebratory mode of the main theme to some suitably subdued and menacing cues for the final showdown.
A convalescent Wayne plays the returning gunfighter John Elder, summoned by the death of his mother. Bewigged, paunchy, and slightly wheezy, the recently de-lunged actor still acts an imposing head of the Elder clan. He finds himself leading a dysfunctional family, united at first by grief, then the clumsy depredations of Morgan Hastings (an excellent Paul Fix) who has swindled his way into possessing the family land. Together with memories of the late Katie Elder herself, like an American monument, Wayne's presence dominates the film. Recognising this, Hathaway uses it to great advantage with the first view of his star, perhaps Wayne's most impressive screen entrance since that in Stagecoach of 26 years earlier. As Katie is buried, in long shot, we take in an overview of the cemetery with its cluster of mourners, A massive rock formation overshadows the land. After a few seconds, a small detail catches the eye high up in a cleft.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Unconquerable! 23 Aug 2002
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Sons of Katie Elder is a fine western, but what elevates it into the classic is the true background story. John Wayne had recently been diagnosed with lung cancer. He had gone through a seven hour operation to remove one of his lungs and part of his stomach. The operation also involved the removal of two of his ribs. He was told to rest for a year, but was committed to filming Sons of Katie Elder. At the time he could walk barely a dozen paces without extra oxygen. To make this even worse Sons of Katie Elder was filmed high in the mountains, where the air was thin.
Despite this Wayne gives his usual bravura performance, convincing the viewer of his immense strenth and stamina.
For those - like me - who are trivia buffs watch out for the scene where, during a fight by a lake, Wayne is pulled in to the water. He almost died in this scene. The water was icy and his remaining lung collapsed. Unable to breathe he was pulled from the water, where he recovered. In early versions of the movie you can still hear a child scream as Wayne plunges into the lake. The scream came from his youngest son, who was watching the filming and knew his dad was very ill.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars he lives on 14 Sep 2003
the duke as big bro dean martin good family fun a gem of a film as good today as when it was made go on treat yourselves for once get it bought & start a collection of the duke.
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5.0 out of 5 stars love it 11 Dec 2013
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well not much to say John Wayne is it doing what he does best alone with other great actors young and old there in action, comdy and even the dood guys die but not all. recommend to all to watch u will not be disappointed. love it love it
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Magnificent Four! 19 July 2012
By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER
John, Tom, Matt and Bud, these are the Elder boys, who upon meeting up at the funeral of their recently deceased mother, find that their father may have been murdered over a card game. The boys must cast off sibling rivalries and find out just what has been happening in their childhood town of Clearwater, Texas.

Unfairly given harsh treatment upon its release by the critics and beset with behind the scenes problems, The Sons Of Katie Elder actually holds up rather well in this day and age. All the required traits are in the film to make it an oater of some worth, a splendid cast with as much macho beef as you can shake a stick at, a top Elmer Bernstein score, the wonderful use of the Casa Blanca location and a revenge driven plot of some note. So why is it hard to actually sell this picture to the staunch Western crowd? Well coming as it did in 1965 it certainly has something of a modern sheen to it, an uneasy bed fellow with the wild west theme of the picture. The casting of the brothers just about works, but Michael Anderson Jr (Bud) and Earl Holliman (Matt) do seem to be overawed by the presence of John Wayne (John) and Dean Martin (Tom), meaning as a foursome it never quite gets to being a tight acting unit. The length of the picture may also be an issue to some? Long periods of inaction work to me personally because the characters (family unit) are gaining much needed depth, but for those wanting guns a toting at frequent intervals are not exactly catered for.

Yet what action there is surely more than makes it worth the viewers patience?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great film am a Wayne fan.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
great film
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5.0 out of 5 stars Greatest western story with John Wayne,Dean Martin and George Kennedy...
This is one of those westerns everyone remembers.John Wayne and his brothers re-unite after their mothers death at the family ranch. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Malcolm McDonald
5.0 out of 5 stars The Sons of Katie Elder.
John Wayne films are always good. He has the charisma to carry any film and this doesn't disappoint. If you like Jhn Wayne you will like this one.
Published 13 months ago by Minnie Adams
4.0 out of 5 stars good film
i bought this for my husband who is a john wayne fan the dvd was as he expected it to be
Published 13 months ago by elaine march
4.0 out of 5 stars Typical Wayne again
Yes these J W westerns dont need reviewing because you know what is going to happen!! Wayne is the good guy; shoots up the bad guys and we have seen it all before. Read more
Published 16 months ago by guy fawes
5.0 out of 5 stars the sons of katie elder dvd
This is a great recording well pleased with my purchase,will be buying more of the same quality there great dvd's
Published 21 months ago by Frank Arden
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