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Winchester '73
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Anthony Mann
James Stewart as Lin McAdam
Stephen McNally as Dutch Henry Brown
Will Geer as Wyatt Earp
Rock Hudson as Young Bull
Dan Duryea as Waco Johnnie Dean
Steve Brodie as Wesley
John Alexander as Jack Riker
Abner Biberman as Latigo Means
Charles Drake as Steve Miller
Shelley Winters as Lola Manners
Jay C. Flippen as Sgt. Wilkes
Tony Curtis as Doan (as Anthony Curtis)
Millard Mitchell as High Spade Frankie Wilson
John McIntire as Joe Lamont
Storyline: In a marksmanship contest, Lin McAdam wins a prized Winchester rifle, which is immediately stolen by the runner-up, Dutch Henry Brown. This "story of a rifle" then follows McAdams' pursuit, and the rifle as it changes hands, until a final showdown and shoot-out on a rocky mountain precipice.
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Lucky the ones who saw it in the fifties
In the fifties the age restrictions for films in Brazil were the following: no restriction, 10 years old, 14 years old and 18 years old. Usually the westerns were allowed for ten years old, when they had a bit more of violence they would go to 14, but it was rare to see a western restricted for younger than 18. Winchester 73 was one of those, and I think this explains very well how this film was considered different from average. The hero, James Stewart was fighting against his own brother who had killed their father. He was looking for revenge and seemed quite traumatized, far from the average good guy. Anthony Mann tried variations on this type of character in the next films he did with Stewart. Shelley Winters, the leading lady was far from virtuous, she kept following the man who stayed with the rifle. Dan Duryea as Waco Johnnie Dean is one of those great villains that will always be remembered. The story of the film, which always follows the man who stays with the rifle, is one of the best suited for a western. It was to be made into a Fritz Lang film, which did not come through. When it was offered to Mann he made a point of starting from zero again and not taking anything that was prepared for Lang. With Winchester, Mann created a different conception of western, but still maintaining all its traditions. Winchester still is a great film to see again and again, but nothing will be comparable to the impression it made in those who saw it when it was originally released.
Classic Revenge Western!
"Winchester '73" marked the first of a series of westerns involving James Stewart and director Anthony Mann. As in most of them Stewart's hero has an violent edge that threatens to explode at any time.

The title refers to a "one in a thousand" rifle that is up for competition at a rifle shoot held in Dodge City on July 4, 1876. Into town comes Lin McAdam (Stewart) and his sidekick High Spade (Millard Mitchell) who are on the trail of Dutch Henry Brown (Stephen McNally) for a past dastardly deed. They arrive just in time to see Marshal Wyatt Earp (Will Geer) running saloon girl Lola (Shelley Winters) out of town. It turns out that Dutch Henry is also in town for the rifle shoot. Lin and Dutch Henry shoot it out for the coveted prize with Lin winning but Dutch Henry robs Lin of the gun and escapes.

Lin and High Spade trail Dutch Henry across country where they encounter Lola with her cowardly beau Steve Miller (Charles Drake) hold up in a U.S. Cavalry camp awaiting attack by the Indians led by Young Bull (Rock Hudson) who has acquired the prized rifle by murdering wily gun runner John McIntyre. He had got the weapon by cheating Dutch Henry at poker. Young Bull is killed during the attack and the gun passes to Steve.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, Lola and Steve meet up with notorious gunman Waco Johnny Dean (Dan Duryea) who kills Steve and takes the valued rifle and Lola for himself. When Dean meets up with Dutch Henry, he allows him to take back "his gun" planning to murder him later. In the town of Tuscosa, Lin kills Dean as Dutch Henry's plans of holding up the bank go bad and he escapes into the hills with Lin in pursuit. In one of the best final shoot outs ever, the two meet in the final showdown.

I believe that this movie was the only one of the Stewart/Mann collaborations that was shot in B&W. It is beautifully photographed, especially the scenes in the "wide open spaces" and in particular, the final showdown. Stewart playing against type, plays the hero with a violent revenge motive edge, an emotion that he would carry into future films with Mann.

As in most Universal westerns, this one boasts a cast of seasoned veterans and contract players of the day. In addition to those mentioned above, J.C. Flippen appears as the cavalry sergeant, Steve Brodie, James Millican, John Doucette and Chuck Roberson as various henchmen, Ray Teal as the sheriff pursuing Duryea, Tony Curtis and James Best as rookie soldiers and Edmund Cobb, Chief Yowlachie and John War Eagle in various roles in the Dodge City sequence.

A classic western in every sense of the word. It was responsible for re-generating Stewart's career as an action star.
First Stewart/Mann Teaming a CLASSIC!
Winchester '73 is one of the most enduring and popular films of James Stewart's career, for several reasons; it was the first of five teamings with brilliant, underrated director Anthony Mann, who retooled Stewart's drawling, 'aw-shucks' persona into a laconic, edgier, more flawed hero; it featured a brilliant cast, including Shelley Winters, Dan Duryea, Stephen McNally, John McIntyre, and, in VERY early appearances, Rock Hudson and Tony Curtis; visually, it is spectacular, one of the most beautiful Black and White films ever made, with deep-focus photography highlighting rugged Arizona settings that literally leap from the screen; and, most of all, it is a terrific variation of 'Cain and Abel', told through the premise of the search for a 'one-of-a-kind' rifle Stewart wins in a competition, then loses through treachery. It's the kind of film that offers new insights each time you view it, as the actions and motivations of 'good' brother Stewart and 'bad' brother McNally become better understood.

What truly makes this DVD an 'essential', though, is the bonus track...Described as an 'interview' with Stewart, it is actually an audio commentary that runs through the film, offering not only his reflections about the making of Winchester '73, but insights about his career, working with John Ford, Alfred Hitchcock, and his great friends Henry Fonda and John Wayne, even a nice story about his long-time mount, Pie. Recorded several years ago for the laserdisc edition of Winchester '73, it provides a rare opportunity to hear a screen legend reminisce (and makes you wish Wayne and Fonda had lived long enough to have offered personal observations about THEIR classic films!)

This is a DVD NOT to be missed!
one of a long string of excellent Jimmy Stewart westerns
This is one of Jimmy Stewart's earliest westerns, having made a string of them from early through mid 1950s. All featured sprawling on-location cinematography and excellent acting--as the studios provided him with excellent supporting casts and decent plots.

As far as these films go, this isn't among the best, as the film has several clichés that make it seem a tier below the others in quality. In know this is definitely a pet peeve of mine, but whenever westerns feature such characters as Wyatt Earp, I get a little irritated. He was not that significant a figure in western history and if he'd only done half the things they showed him do in movies, it would have taken 6 lifetimes to cram all the stuff into it!! Plus, this movie also throws Bat Masterson into the mix. Why, I really don't know. I guess at least the film gets some recognition for the most unusual Earp, as it's played by Will Gear of all people! Apart from that silly subplot at the beginning of the film, it's a pretty decent film. It's one of the few Stewart made in black & white, but with excellent acting and suspense, it's not an issue. It's worth seeing but not exactly a classic. Try seeing NAKED SPUR or BEND OF THE RIVER--other Stewart films that feature just a tiny bit better story.

FINALLY--Watch closely for the future stars. Rock Hudson plays, of all people, an Indian chief! Also, later Tony Curtis plays a bit part as a cavalry man--in the credits he's billed as "Anthony Curtis".
Enjoyable to experience
*Spoiler/plot- 1950, Frontiersman Lin McAdam is attempting to track down both his father's murderer and his special repeating rifle, Winchester '73. This rifle passes among a diverse group of desperate characters. Some of these are: crazed highwayman, immoral gunrunner, savage young Indian chief, and McAdam's brother.

*Special Stars- James Stewart, Shelley Winters, Dan Duryea, Steven McNalley, Will Geer, Jay C. Flippen. Rock Hudson, Tony Curtis. Dir: Anthony Mann

*Theme- Rifles don't really kill people, bad people kill good people.

*Based on- A screenplay.

*Trivia/location/goofs- James Stewart has credited Winchester '73 for helping to save and redefine his career, after a series of post-war flops which threatened to damage his career. This is the film Mr. Stewart would first find and use as his favorite horse called, 'Pye'. Pye was part Quarter and Arabian horse. This horse became his screen partner in his 30+ years Western film career. He never owned this horse but was loaned by a friend's daughter. At the time of release there was some ridiculing from the press at the idea of James Stewart, the polished quiet "thin man", could play a tough westerner. But, audience members were heard to audibly gasp in shock at the scene where Mr. Stewart angrily confronts Dan Duryea gunman character at the saloon bar with an arm-twisting. This was a first film role for two Universal upcoming leading men, Rock Hudson (gun buying Indian Chief) and Anthony (Tony) Curtis (2nd Cavalry trooper, Doan).

*Emotion- A different film from those that came before. This film stressed character interactions that plain melodrama. It was enjoyable to experience the change of this Western genre into something more watch able. I am happy to own some film prop memorabilia of this film, a medal worn around Rock Hudson neck as an Indian Chief.
A Few General Remarks
No need to repeat the plot or echo consensus points after the many other reviews.

I must have been eleven or twelve when I first saw this classic in a theatre. The marksmanship contest fascinated me, so being a kid I badgered my dad to buy me a 22-rifle. Too young, he said, but I did get a BB-gun, single-shot. Not exactly what I wanted, but at least I could hit tin cans. Now I'm glad I didn't get it. Lord knows what I would have done with a bullet gun.

The movie's pass-around battle over a premier repeating rifle is still fascinating after all these years. The narrative's really shrewdly done. The prize rifle amounts to a plot gimmick passing us along with the Winchester to a succession of interesting characters. It's unusual for any movie of the time which preferred to dwell on a central star. Catch also that we don't know why the bad blood between Lin (Stewart) and Dutch Henry (McNally) until the end, but we do know there'll be a big showdown eventually. Meanwhile we meet an interesting array of characters, including slimy Waco Johnny Dean (the great Dan Duryea), laid-back sheriff Wyatt Earp (Will Geer), and sneaky card fumbler Joe Lamont (McIntyre) who somehow always wins the big poker pots. I like the way the script makes us infer Lamont's skullduggery instead of showing us. Then too, there's the humorous bits of dialog, as when dance hall girl Lola (Winters) kisses the impossibly homely Sgt' Wilkes (Flippen) saying he's too pretty to pass up.

In fact, it's this succession of colorful characters that distinguishes the film, even though Stewart remains the anchor. Kudos to movie star Stewart for sharing as much time as he does. Also distinguishing the drama are the great settings. The many Arizona landscapes appear to stretch to infinity and are impressively utilized by director Mann. And what an inspiration that final shootout among the barren rocky spires. It's since become a classic showdown sequence and deservedly so. Then there's that authentic mud-hut town squatting on the desert like an ugly pimple. No Hollywood there. In fact, I couldn't spot a single studio exterior anywhere. Cheap-jack Universal thus deserves credit for popping for all the location filming, even if up-and-coming Rock Hudson makes a dubious Indian, to say the least.

Off hand, I don't recall any other oater where the hero has to battle two premier baddies (Duryea & MacNally), one after the other. Now I'll watch anything with the deliciously sneering Duryea and here he doesn't disappoint. Facing off with Duryea's Waco Johnny does, however, distract from the blood feud showdown with Dutch Henry. Maybe that's why the high rock shootout was so carefully staged and filmed. Also, I wonder if there's a backstory to this departure from the conventional western.

On the somewhat downside is Winters' squishy Lola, the only woman in the cast. As a whiny character she doesn't really add much to the drama which is already spread across many characters. The actress does well enough in the role, though once again Hollywood of the time can't bear to dirty up a leading lady, no matter how much dust she eats. Thus, the dance hall girl remains squeaky clean despite a grueling trip through the desert. On the same quibbling note—I wish Hollywood would give Indians some credit for good battle tactics. That is, why not have Young Bull's warriors attack from all sides instead of as a mass from in front where the soldiers can concentrate their fire power and mow them down. But then, a massed attack does make for a more spectacular screening.

Anyway, I think the movie stands up pretty well, with its number of human interest themes. I especially like that closing shot of the Winchester rifle which has now been passed around full circle. All in all, this amounts to a kind of poetic end note unusual for any western, and a fitting one for this classic.
The Gun That Won The West
It's a film about a gun, specifically the prized Winchester Rifle, model 1873. In the story, the gun gets passed around from gunslinger to gunslinger, as a result of contrived plot points. One character wins the gun in a contest. Another character steals the same gun. An Indian gets his hands on it. And so on.

But in the process, we don't learn much about the characters. I didn't much like any of them. There's a nifty plot twist near the end, which helps some. But overall, the plot is too diffuse for significant character development. And all of the characters come across as Western stereotypes.

The story is not remotely believable. As in most Westerns, characters make impulsively stupid decisions. At one point the good guys deliberately burn down an occupied farmhouse, to flush out the bad guys. But idiotic action like that keeps the plot moving. Indians are inserted gratuitously to add menace. I don't recall a Western that had so much gunfire. Through several sequences there's almost constant shooting.

If the story, plot, and characters didn't interest me, the visuals did. What magnificent scenery. Vast open spaces, barren mountains, desert scrub, and saguaro cactus make for a majestic landscape. And the film's B&W cinematography is quite good, with terrific camera framing and interesting backgrounds. Costumes are credibly detailed. Background music is intermittent. The film does not score additional points with me just because it is cast with famous actors. The cast and acting are acceptable, but certainly not remarkable.

For me, "Winchester '73" was something of a disappointment. It's not a bad movie. It's just that the story is bland, characters are all stereotypes, and the plot lacks focus. Still, I did enjoy those magnificent landscapes, not enough to watch the film again, but a pleasant diversion from an otherwise routine story.
A Smart Looking Western That Works Well Most of the Time
Winchester 73 gets credit from many critics for bringing back the western after WWII. Director Anthony Mann must get a lot of credit for his excellent direction. Jimmy Stewart does an excellent job, but I think Stephen McNalley and John McIntire steal the movie with their portrayal of two bad guys involved in a high stakes poker game with the treasured Winchester 73 going to the winner. This is a good script with several stories going on at the same time. Look for the first appearance of Rock Hudson as Young Bull. Thank God, with in a few years, we would begin to let Indians play themselves in western films. The film is in black and white and was shot in Tucson Arizona. I would not put Winchester 73 in the category of Stagecoach, High Noon or Shane, but it gets an above average recommendation from me.

One of my favorite westerns...
A very enjoyable film that features characters who do bad things and who let emotions like anger and a desire for vengeance bubble over. The cast is very good, there's plenty of action, and Stewart gets the girl and his revenge (with a twist) in the end. I've seen this film several times, and always watch when it's on AMC or cable. Highly recommended...
Real Western
The Wild West was well named and consisted of men, their horses and guns and then all the different stories that come with that. Here, the gun gets a starring role and it does a fine job in holding our attention. Who wouldn't want a 1 in a 1000 perfect rifle? Ahh, but you have to earn it and if you cannot, well the word "wild" is now introduced as in anything goes to get that rifle. However, the West was full of tough hombres so being good with a gun and being ready was not only smart but necessary. Those that didn't rise to the occasion are prey for the predators. This movie has a lot prey and predators in it and it moves swiftly from one to another making us entertained because we are drawn in. Add sub stories, decent scenery, never a dull moment and we have a classic Western that is so easy to enjoy. The stars make it come alive where you can almost taste the dust. One gets the feeling that if one can kill fast enough and for some reason, it is allowed called a type of feud. In civilized places, they don't preach to not do it they just tell you to not do it here or to movie on. Eventually that premise caught on and the Wild West eventually dropped the word "wild" and settled down to become our cities today. Enjoy the scenery's, characters, the buildings, streets and I always look for horse dung in the streets to see if they capture the real thing. Surprisingly the majority of Westerns show its absence but when you find one with it, the reality makes it all make more sense. Also, consider that a mans horse was like a car today necessary and vital to get around. There are some fine looking animals in this movie. Highly recommend a snack or sandwich, tasty drink and no cell phones while watching. Get lost in this Western for a couple of hours. Time well spent pardner. Enjoy
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