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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 (49 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004TJ0RBA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,044 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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.

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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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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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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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Anthony Mann's 1950 Western Winchester '73 represents a milestone in the genre. It may not have been meant at the time, but the film marked the beginning of a transition from straight forward black and white, good vs. evil tales featuring squeaky clean heroes and dastardly villains towards altogether more complex fables where psychological complexities muddy moral judgment on 'hero' and 'villain' alike with a new stress on neurotic 'family issues', sex and violence. Movie stars were very powerful at this time and it was Jimmy Stewart who initiated the process by stating a wish to move away from his squeaky clean Everyman persona that had been polished through the 40s mainly by Frank Capra in films such as Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) and It's a Wonderful Life (1946). Universal initially had Fritz Lang slated to direct, but Stewart overrode that and insisted on Anthony Mann with the original Robert L. Richards script re-written by Borden Chase to inject the film's central battle between Stewart's tortured Lin McAdam and the outlaw 'Dutch Henry' Brown (Stephen McNally) with more of a neurotic edge. Stewart knew Mann would apply the aesthetic of film noir (as brilliantly shown in films like T-Men [1947] and Raw Deal [1948]) to the Western with plenty of added paranoia and excitingly staged fist-fights with an emphasis on physicality - manic eyes bulging and finger nails scratching across faces. The results are electrifying, the film's narrative structured around a series of terrific set-pieces which embellish the tale of McAdam's chase for the gun of the film's title which is stolen from him at the outset and then returned at the close as he chases down the man who shot his father in the back.Read more ›
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This was, as many have mentioned here, the first pairing of director Anthony Mann and actor James Stewart in what would become their `psychological Western' sequence. This first collaboration is a fine film, but better was to come.

Stewart had built up an on screen persona of affability, likeableness and general do gooding. It must have been a bit of a surprise to the film goers of the time to see him here, playing much the same character but with the added dimension of being hell bent on a mission of vengeance. Lin McAdam is a generally nice guy, but he has a mission to complete, he must find and kill the man who shot his father. He is almost blind to all else. It's a step away from Stewart's usual character, and even bigger steps into the dark side of the human soul would follow in later films.

As well as the story of McAdam's mission of vengeance this film also follows a gun, the Wnchester 73 of the title. One in a thousand, this is a special gun and everyone covets it. By rights it belongs to McAdam after he won it in a shooting contest, but it gets stolen and passes through many hands until it is used against him in the final shootout. This allows the director to give us a series of vignettes built around the people that have the gun, giving us some fascinating characterisations.

There is a generally fine supporting cast to lift this another notch (the weak link is Rock Hudson's Apache warrior). Millard Mitchell puts in another great turn as the solid and dependable companion of McAdam (why he never became a leading man I'll never know, he provided many memorable supporting performances), Dan Duryea is a charming unhinged wildman and Shelley Winters is perfect as the lady of the piece.
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