Rich cattle and land owner John Chisum has formed a brotherhood with an Indian chief, White Buffalo. A general arrives and pushes the envelope that causes a land war to ensue. Chisum will have shootouts versus legal and illegal stakeholders. He will seek the aid of Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid to put those ruining his land and town down.
"Thank you for asking me to come and stay with you."
"I didn't ask you..."
Andrew McLaglen, director of Return from the River Kwai, Have Gun - Will Travel, McLintock, The Wild Geese, The Sea Wolves, and Shenandoah, delivers Chisum. The storyline for this picture is very interesting and weaves nicely with historical characters. The acting and action also isn't half bad and the cast includes John Wayne, Forrest Tucker, Bruce Cabot, Glenn Corbett, and Robert Donner.
"Don't ever get arrested."
"I don't intend to."
I came across this picture on Turner Classic Movies (TCM) and decided to DVR it. This was a Wayne masterpiece with charismatic characters, witty one-liners, and great shootouts. This is a classic western that is worth a viewing and worth adding to your collection if you are a fan of the genre.
"I've heard of you."
Film is based some historical figures, like Chisum the rich rancher who had almost everyone in the town respecting him, lives with a niece and some faithful - Billy the Kid who wanders into the town hoping to start a new life - and there is this Pat Garrett a bounty-hunter-turned-Sheriff of the town upon the request of new cunning businessman hated by Chisum.
It is believed though the film is historically inaccurate but I reckon the movies needed to give out entertainment citing the inspiration from particular figures from heap of the history. John Wayne though not in major aggressive role as usually he would take on - and yet there are some likeable scenes when he punches some fellas direct in the face - some sweet characters around Chisum, whom you just wish not to go against their role anytime in the film far they standout so modestly.
Excellent, picturesque locations; ever cooling vast open rancher mid the mountain valley gives the film a boost to be doing sincerity with the genre of western.