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Chisum (1970)




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John Wayne toplines this biography of the cattle owner John Simpson Chisum, a controversial figure who was the most powerful man in New Mexico during the Wild West era. A founder and prominent citizen in the town of Lincoln, Chisum is slow to act when ruthless land baron Lawrence Murphy (Forrest Tucker) moves in on several local businesses and takes them over. By the time Chisum and his ally, fellow rancher Henry Tunstall (Patrick Knowles), decide to go to the law, Murphy's already bought and paid for influence there, as well. The only recourse left to the cattlemen is to take Murphy on in all-out range war that embroils everyone in the county, including Tunstall's hand Billy the Kid Bonney (Geoffrey Deuel) and his comrade Pat Garrett (Glenn Corbett). Screenwriter and producer Andrew J. Fenady based the script for Chisum (1970) on his own short story, a very loosely fact-based account of Chisum, Billy the Kid and their involvement in the Lincoln County wars.more
Rating: G
Genre: Western, Classics
Directed By: ,
Written By: Andrew J. Fenady
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 3, 2003
Warner Home Video


John Wayne
as John Chisum
Forrest Tucker
as Lawrence Murphy
Ben Johnson
as James Pepper
Glenn Corbett
as Pat Garrett
Bruce Cabot
as Sheriff Brady
Andrew Prine
as Alex McSween
Lynda Day George
as Sue McSween
John Agar
as Patton
Ray Teal
as Justice Wilson
Ron Soble
as Bowdre
Alan Baxter
as Gov. Axtell
Abraham Sofaer
as White Buffalo
Geoffrey Deuel
as Billy the Kid
Pamela McMyler
as Sally Chisum
Chuck Roberson
as A Trail Herder
Hank Worden
as Stage Depot Clerk
John M. Pickard
as Aggressive sergeant
Ralph Volkie
as Blacksmith
Pedro Gonzalez Gonza...
as Mexican Rancher
John Pickard
as Aggressive Sergeant
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Critic Reviews for Chisum

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Top Critic

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

Like other Wayne movies, there's complete identification between reel and real life: Chisum is described as "fat wealthy, tough, trusting, stubborn, generous, and sentimental."

Full Review… | August 2, 2006

A stylish big-budget rousing range war Western that is a gimmicky mix of myth and hokum.

Full Review… | May 28, 2005
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Solid if unspectacular Wayne outing.

April 30, 2005
Movie Metropolis

Audience Reviews for Chisum


The best of the John Wayne westerns directed by Andrew V. McLagden, this sprawling epic centers around the revenge sought by Billy the Kid after his mentor is murder by the corrupt, land-grabbing bad guys. These scenes looked familiar since I last watched 1988's Young Guns.

Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer


A pretty bog standard outing for the duke. It ticks all the relevant horse opera boxes, but lacks the inspiration of his collaborations with John Ford.

xGary Xx

Super Reviewer


One of John Waynes all time best movies, John Wayne acted with perfection like usaul and I enjoyed a great performance by Forrest Tucker.

Anthony Petry III

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