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Winchester '73 (1950) - Westerns Collection 2011 [DVD]

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  • Actors: James Stewart, Shelley Winters
  • Directors: Anthony Mann
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 23 May 2011
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004TJ0RBA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,882 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Dodge City, 1873. Cowboy Lin McAdam (James Stewart) wins a Winchester rifle in a shooting competition, only for it to be stolen by his opponent, his arch-enemy Dutch Henry Mann (Stephen McNally). McAdam sets off in pursuit of his adversary, determined to settle a feud that dates back many years.


Winchester '73 is the first in a remarkable string of five classic westerns that James Stewart made with Anthony Mann in the 1950s (followed by Bend of the River, The Man from Laramie, The Naked Spur, and The Far Country). It is also distinguished for having helped revive the Western at the box office, and for being the first film in which the star forsook a huge up-front salary in favor of a share of the profits--a strategy that made Stewart rich and forever changed the way that Hollywood does business. The movie itself is pretty darned impressive, too. Stewart traces a stolen Winchester rifle through several owners until he finds the man he's looking for. The final spectacular shootout in craggy, mountainous terrain is justly famous. --Jim Emerson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Robert J. Evered on 16 Mar 2007
Format: DVD
James Stewart's first Western was DESTRY RIDES AGAIN (1939) eleven years later he played the former army scout Tom Jeffords in BROKEN ARROW (1950). Directed by Delmer Daves, then came WINCHESTER '73. But it was Anthony Mann's WINCHESTER '73 that was given its public release first, which also revealed to the public a hitherto unknown harder-edged Stewart which was to continue with a series of Mann / Stewart Westerns culminating in THE MAN FROM LARAMIE (1955). Sadly they fell out in the early pre-production stages of NIGHT PASSAGE (1956) and never worked together again!

Produced by Aaron Rosenberg for Universal International. Fritz Lang had been originally earmarked as Director of WINCHESTER `73 but he wasn't available so Mann was chosen to direct his first Western. Robert L. Richards and Borden Chase wrote the screenplay from a story by Stuart N. Lake Beautifully shot in black & white with riders on the skyline images and night time campfire scenes reminiscent of John Ford's best work.

Lin McAdam (James Stewart) and his sidekick High-Spade Frankie Wilson (Millard Mitchell) ride into Dodge City on the trail of Dutch Henry Brown (Stephen McNally). McAdam befriends dance hall girl Lola Manners (Shelley Winters) who is about to run out of town by Wyatt Earp (Will Geer). He then finds himself up against Dutch Henry Brown in a 4th of July Centennial shooting match for a one-in-a-thousand Winchester Rifle Model 1873. Lin McAdam wins the contest and is presented with The Prize Winchester by Wyatt Earp. On returning to his hotel room Stewart is bushwhacked by the runner up (Dutch Henry Brown) who steals the rifle and beats a hasty retreat of town.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bob Salter TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 1 Nov 2009
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"Winchester 73"(50) is the first western in director Anthony Mann's fine series of westerns all made in the fifties, and all starring the affable James Stewart. This was followed by "Where the River Bends"(52),"The Naked Spur"(53),"The Far Country"(54) and finally "The Man from Laramie"(55). The only other bodies of western films that bear comparison are John Ford's cavalry trilogy and Budd Boetticher's magisterial series with Randolph Scott. All these films were made in that halcyon western period of the fifties.

The story involves Stewart attempting to track down the murderer of his father. The story starts off with a rifle shooting competition in Dodge city, where Marshall Wyatt Earp played by a portly Will Geer rules the roost. Stewart wins the prize which is a one in a thousand Winchester 73 repeating rifle. Shortly after winning his prize it is stolen from him by bank robber Stephen McNally. The gun then passes through a rogues gallery of owners for whom it brings rather bad luck. This includes a gun runner, an Indian chief and a rather psychotic gunman. Will Stewart get his prized possession back? Will he finally catch up with his father's murderer? We head to a blazing finale with a final twist to the story.

The film was made in very stark black and white which does not detract from the film. It was the only film in the series to be made in this format. In this film Stewart plays a more traditional western hero. In the later films Mann develops Stewart's roles into the more vulnerable and angst ridden hero we become more familiar with.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 Jan 2001
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One of the all time great westerns,made when the bad guys wore black hats and the good guys wore white hats. If you love westerns and could only see one this is the one to see. James Stewart as the good guy chasing his evil brother who killed their father is unmissable.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Richard Bowden on 20 Dec 2006
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One of the great Westerns, Winchester '73 is noteworthy film in many respects, not least because it marked the start of one of the great creative partnerships in the genre, that between director Anthony Mann and James Stewart. Mann had until this time been working successful in low budget films, crafting a series of B-noirs, which have a following on their own account today: titles such as T-Men (1947), Border Incident (1949) and Raw Deal (1948). 1950 brought his first big assignment with the current production, a film which many critics point to as marking the western's emergence into maturity during the decade.

It was also something of a career change for Stewart, whose many roles during his early career had been based around a friendly and frequently homespun persona. Only such films as the documentary noir Call Northside 777, of two years earlier, or odd moments during It's A Wonderful Life hinted at something darker, almost pathological, lurking beneath the amiable exterior. The series of Westerns made with Mann brought this something else to the surface; suddenly this was a dogged, vengeful Stewart, still playing honest men, but men who had often suffered a great wrong and were driven to put things right. (Hitchcock recognised this neurotic dimension to the actor as during the same period he also used him to great effect). Thus in The Man From Laramie (1955) the hero would have his livelihood burnt and be dragged behind a horse by a psychotic, while in Bend Of The River (1952) he is cast out to survive on his own from a wagon train.

As Lin McAdam in Winchester '73 he is already hunting someone who has wronged him: "...chasing him since I can't remember" and then, to add to it all, has a prize rifle stolen from him by his prey after an intense competition.
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