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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Widmark's Duty and Stewart's Greed!
Two Rode Together is a very enjoyable film, mainly due to the script and excellent casting. It's not an action packed Western, it's more concerned with characters and decicions. Richard Widmark and James Stewart are outstanding leads and spark off each other brilliantly. James Stewart plays quite an unlikeable and selfish man but you still are intrigued as to what he'll...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Thoughtful Western
Two rode together is a thoughtful film. It shows the American Indian in good light, has things to say to us today on how we treat people.
James Stewart is his useful outstanding best. The friendship between Richard Whitmark and James Stewart in real life comes through in this film. Their joint work is super. Tends to become a little slow towards the end so 3 stars.
Published on 25 Jan 2007 by Birmingham Book Reader


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5.0 out of 5 stars Widmark's Duty and Stewart's Greed!, 12 Jan 2012
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Two Rode Together is a very enjoyable film, mainly due to the script and excellent casting. It's not an action packed Western, it's more concerned with characters and decicions. Richard Widmark and James Stewart are outstanding leads and spark off each other brilliantly. James Stewart plays quite an unlikeable and selfish man but you still are intrigued as to what he'll do and say next. The supporting cast is also excellent. My only complaint would be the film could easily have been 10 or 15 minutes longer. I would have liked the scenes when Widmark and Stewart first go off together on their mission to have been extended. Watching just these two on the screen maybe with some more humour between the old friends and some more build up of tension would have made the film even better. I suppose I feel like the film had a great begining and end, but could have done with a bit more filling in the middle. These two lead actors certainly could have kept us entertained.
The DVD picture and sound is excellent and in Widescreen.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Thoughtful Western, 25 Jan 2007
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Two rode together is a thoughtful film. It shows the American Indian in good light, has things to say to us today on how we treat people.
James Stewart is his useful outstanding best. The friendship between Richard Whitmark and James Stewart in real life comes through in this film. Their joint work is super. Tends to become a little slow towards the end so 3 stars.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, sub-standard, John Ford Western. Pseudo "The Searchers" but minus John Wayne, 28 July 2007
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TWO RODE TOGETHER (1961): A band of settlers put pressure on the US Army to repatriate their children caught by the Comanche Indians seven years earlier. In turn cavalry fort commander Major Frazer (James McIntire) puts pressure on a reluctant Marshal Guthrie McCabe (James Stewart) and Lieutenant Jim Gary (Richard Widmark) to saddle up and go in search of the white captives held by the feared Comanche Chief Quanah Parker (Henry Brandon). The two negotiate the return Running Wolf (David Kent) and Elana de la Madriaga (Linda Cristal) with mixed results.

Brandon also played the Comanche Chief Scar in THE SEARCHERS (1956) also carried over from that film are Ford favourites mother and son Olive Carey and Harry Carey Jn, Ken Curtis and John Qualen. Also in common with the earlier film was the scriptwriter Frank Nugent. John Ford is said to have made the film as a casual favour to Columbia's boss Harry Cohen. Of the two leads James Stewart plays a (unusually for him) cynical and ruthless character whilst Richard Widmark (who can play good guy or bad with equal aplomb) has the sympathetic sidekick role. Shirley Jones provides the main love interest. Although there are one or two nice touches of the Master at work in my opinion Ford was well-wide of the mark with this one; thankfully he is back on top form next time also with Jimmy Stewart and John Qualen but with the added bonus of John Wayne in THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE (1962).

A 2005 DVD Columbia film released through SONY Pictures Home Entertainment Optional sub-titles and scene selection, no Theatrical Trailer or other extras, but does it matter?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Under-rated late Ford, 24 July 2013
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John Ford was his own worst enemy on his 1961 western, Two Rode Together. He claimed only to have done the film as a favor to recently deceased Columbia boss Harry Cohn, having already done similar material much more successfully in The Searchers. He let everyone know that even after he brought in one of his most trusted writers Frank Nugent (who wrote The Searchers) that it was "still crap". Many would still agree that the earlier masterpiece (not to mention the one that followed it - The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance) do over-shadow Two Rode Together, but there is a growing band of people (among whom I stand) who think the film deserves more of a serious look. The film may appear flabby, non-eventful and unduly sentimental with a tendency for letting main characters shoot the breeze, but it's really about those old stock Ford themes, male camaraderie and the creation myth of the taming of the wild west through the establishment of community spirit.

The friendship between cynical Marshall McCabe (James Stewart) and upright cavalry officer Lieutenant Gary (Richard Widmark) is wrung through the mill as they journey into Comanche country to reclaim captives taken by the indians. What Ford gives us here is a frontier very different from the one depicted in The Searchers. In that film there was still an arcadian element to the Monument Valley settings with white settlers duly pitching in and helping each other out in God's garden. Two Rode Together posits a very different frontier riven with racism, fears of miscegenation and wholly hypocritical in its religious standing. This is very well shown in the relationship that develops between McCabe and Elena (Linda Cristal). Initially convinced that reclaiming captives is a waste of time (he only does it for the money), McCabe falls for the Mexican Elena and learns the hypocrisy of the white community when he tries to integrate her into it during a classic Fordian hoe-down. This is possibly the best sequence of the film which shows Ford's very real concern for people showing faith through practice (Elena is a catholic and it would have been against her religion for her to kill herself when the indian chief Stone Calf - Woody Strode - took her as his wife) rather than through aloof 'holier than thou' piety shown by the affected hollow sentiments of the settler community. Ford was catholic himself of course and this theme is particularly emphasized in his last film, Seven Women (another under-rated film). The hoe-down also shows Ford's belief that America could never have been created without co-operation between the army and the civilians, Cary and McCabe both supporting each other to forge a better future. This prefigures the alliance between the lawman (Stewart) and the gunfighter (Wayne) in The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance who form a partnership to civilize the Wild West. In the present film that civilization is represented by the classic frontier couple, Cary and Marty (Shirley Purcell) who are a standard to which other settler folk must aspire to be acceptable (at least in the world according to John Ford).

The performances across the board here are natural and deeply affectionate. Ford can't help letting his sentimental streak rise to the surface on occasion, but the film's thematic complexity and Charles Lawton's wonderful location photography (shot on sets left over from John Wayne's Alamo shoot) more than compensate. The DVD is good quality with picture and sound very clear. This is probably the cheapest DVD I have ever bought on amazon.com (1.56!!) which makes it an essential purchase for any western-lover. It would be mandatory even at four times the price!
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4.0 out of 5 stars The ghost of The Searchers hangs over the film but still worthwhile, 29 Nov 2012
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A sheriff (James Stewart) and an Army Major (Richard Widmark) are sent by the U.S. Army to retrieve the surviving white captives held by a Comanche chief (Henry Brandon) for the past nine years. But it's not an easy task as some of the survivors, perhaps sensing the hostilities of the white community, refuse to return. Directed by John Ford, the specter of his classic THE SEARCHERS hovers over the film. Granted, it had been only five years since THE SEARCHERS had been released but the film had not yet (at least in this country) been acknowledged as one of great American films. If THE SEARCHERS had not existed then perhaps this effort would have fared better but honestly, it's just not as good. Stewart's character is a pale imitation of Wayne's Ethan Edwards but the film does paint a darker picture of white captives being accepted back into the fold. While there's a happy ending for THE SEARCHER's Debbie, the fate of the white boy (David Kent) here is much grimmer. Still, an essential film for the Fordians. Based on the novel COMANCHE CAPTIVES by Will Cook. With Shirley Jones, Linda Cristal (THE ALAMO), John McIntire, Jeanette Nolan, Andy Devine, Paul Birch, Mae Clarke and the usual Ford stock company: Andy Devine, Woody Strode, Anna Lee, Olive Carey, John Qualen, Ken Curtis and Harry Carey Jr.

The Sony DVD is a nice anamorphic wide screen (1.85) transfer.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Could have been better, 13 May 2014
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This really should work a lot better than it does. It's got two great Western stars; Richard Widmark and James Stewart and it's got a decent-ish plot. But it just doesn't seem to gel. Perhaps the issue is that the plot has a fairly serious premise - that these two are going to rescue white prisoners taken captive by Comanches - and all the issues surrounding that, but what lets it down quite badly is where the film tries to be funny. In particular, it seems to have imported the fat sergeant straight of out 'Zorro'. If the film could have made up its mind what it wanted to be; a serious film or a comedy, then it might have done better, but by trying to do both, it's a bit of a failure.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well done., 3 April 2014
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I liked the way James Stewart and Richard Widmark solve the problem, even though they are shown to be so very different.
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4.0 out of 5 stars western, 14 Mar 2014
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this was a good dvd we both enjoyed it would recomend it to anybody who likes westerns we will probably pass it on to friends
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3.0 out of 5 stars A John Ford western, but not one of his best, 12 Mar 2014
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Good performances by the major actors and supporting cast. One of John Ford's later westerns and cannot be compared with the 'classics'. A good 'watch', though.
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5.0 out of 5 stars TWO RODE TOGETHER JAMES STEWART ANF RICHARD WIDMARK., 8 Nov 2013
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TWO VERY FINE ACTORS AS USUAL. THIS WAS A VERY FINE STORY LINE AND BOTH THESE ACTORS WERE AT THEIR VERY BEST.THEIR LATER FILMS PROVE THE VERY FINE QUALITIES IN THEIR ACTING. A GREAR STORY LINE BY TWO VERY FINE ACTORS.
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