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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent old western., 7 Oct 2013
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Jimmy Stewart, Richard Widmark and John Ford. You can't lose with this one.Two Rode Together is a winner.Pull the trigger!!
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3.0 out of 5 stars What's new ? John FORD !, 18 Nov 2009
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Casanova Claude (FRANCE) - See all my reviews
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Not the best of John FORD's western movies but a good one with two "greats" : James STEWART and Richard WIDMARK . A bitter vision of "wild west" before the still darker "Man who shot Liberty Valance" comes to burst .
FORD still fights against racism and intolerance showing us how valiant can be the gentle Linda CRISTAL standing against the small town talk .
It reminds me a little of "The sun shines bright" another FORD's masterpiece .
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3.0 out of 5 stars Just how much do you think human lives are worth, McCabe?, 15 April 2012
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Spike Owen "John Rouse Merriott Chard" (Birmingham, England.) - See all my reviews
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Two Rode Together is directed by John Ford and adapted to screenplay by Frank Nugent from the novel Comanche Captives written by Will Cook. It stars James Stewart, Richard Widmark, Shirley Jones, Linda Cristal and Andy Devine. Music is scored by George Duning and Eastman Color cinematography is by Charles Lawton Junior.

The US Army is under pressure to negotiate the release of Comanche captives and send in a party to ransom for their release. Heading the party are cynical hard drinking Marshal Guthrie McCabe (Stewart) and his pal First Lt. Jim Gary (Widmark). The two men are at odds in how to go about dealing with the problem to hand, but bigger issues are just around the corner.....

The Searchers lite it is for sure, Two Rode Together is a mixed bag that hasn't been helped by the quotes attributed by its director. It's well documented that John Ford only did the film out of kindness and a love of money, the great man going on record to say he hated the film, the source and etc. The shoot was far from being a happy one, with the director pitching his two stars against each other whilst grumpily putting his film crew through the mangler. The end result shows the film to be psychitzophrenic in tone and structure, where airy comedy tries to sit alongside some serious themes and fails miserably. When the moral implications of the picture are to be born out, Ford, in his half-hearted approach to the production, comes off as being either clueless, sarcastically mean or going through the motions since he had already made this film as The Searchers. Well clueless is not something you can comfortably say in relation to this particular director....

However, film has strengths, not least with Stewart's over the top portrayal of McCabe. The actor is really giving it the full treatment, no doubt prompted by his director, this is a shallow man, motivated by ale and cash. This is non heroic stuff, he calls it as he sees it, he thinks nothing of telling the longing relatives of the missing that their loved ones are now alien to them. It's a clinical thread in the piece, deftly setting the film up for its telling last quarter as the moral questions are raised and the bitter irony leaves its sour taste. It's a mixed bag indeed, but hardly a disaster, though, and in spite of Ford's irreverence towards it, there's a worthy viewpoint in amongst all the causticism. It's just a shame that all the great individual aspects don't make a complete and rewarding whole, the blend of comedy and drama, this time, not making for a great John Ford picture. 6.5/10
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4.0 out of 5 stars TWO RODE TOGETHER, 10 May 2009
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Paul Lewsam (AUSTRALIA) - See all my reviews
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It was avery enjoyable movie. JAMES STEWART is a very good actor he was very good in this movie
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5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT!, 28 July 2014
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CLASSIC MOVIE, GREAT!
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ford's worst Western, 9 Feb 2010
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John Ford didn't even like this film. He made it as a favour for the late Harry Cohn at Columbia Studios. To Ford it was just crap.
"Two Rode Together" is not a great film but it is one you can sit down and watch on a Saturday afternoon, if their is nothing else on.
With some of the dialogue between James Stewart and Richard Widmark it's about the closest Ford came to making a black comedy. Stewart is enjoyable as he plays against type. He's pessimistic and selfish for most of the film. He's only out for his own personal gain. Widmark is a bit annoying as a good as gold Cavalryman.
If there is one commendable thing about this movie it concerns the Comanche captives and the racism they had to face. Where as in "The Searchers" Indian captives are shown to be mindless drones and lunatics, "Two Rode Together" shows quite accurately that they prefered to live with their Comanche captors who treated them like human beings, rather than go home and be subject to gossip and bigotry.
Ford turns out quite a good cast for a mediocre film however and a lot of the usual crew turn up in this one. Along with Linda Crystal, Shirley Jones and Henry Brandon we have Andy Devine, Harry Carey Jnr. Ken Curtis, John Qualen, Woody Strode, Willis Bouchey, Anna Lee, Cliff Lyons, Mae Marsh, Olive Carey, O.Z. Whitehead and Chuck Roberson and Chuck Heyward. Part of the fun of Ford films is spotting which Stock Company member is in it.
You just might sit down and watch this one but there's little or no action.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Satisfaction, 6 July 2005
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Tony Stokes (Bristol, S. Glocs United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
The person I purchased this video for has stated she is extremely pleased with the quality of the film, and the service from Stevebarc. She is a James Stewart fan and could not fault this video.
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