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Chisum Reviews

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June 5, 2016
Wow! A movie I wasn't prepared to like at all turns out to be a better-then-average westerner. Although John Wayne has the lead role as a cattle-driver trying to keep order in a pretty lawless town (oh, you know, there's that guy who's trying to take over), the movie is stolen from him by Geoffrey Deuel as BillyThe Kid, trying to start a new life as a honest ranch-hand! Wayne just comes in and jowls occasionally (his indian speech seems to be a bit offplace).
December 20, 2015
Chisum is just another really good John Wayne film
July 21, 2015
Not one for the ages with bad writing, directing and plenty of cliches.
½ May 25, 2015
Routine John Wayne western is rather forgettable except that it's one of the few times that The Duke played a real life person, John Chisum, who was part of the infamous Lincoln County War, which is where Billy the Kid gained notoriety. Directed by journeyman director Andrew V. McLaglen, the action is competent if unspectacular. The only real reason to watch the film is for the handsome production values and a solid case that includes Wayne, Forrest Tucker, Christopher George, Ben Johnson, Richard Jaeckel, John Agar and Hand Worden.
May 11, 2015
The candle of the wicked shall be put out.

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."

Grade: B
½ April 29, 2015
fresh off his best actor Oscar win Wayne made this western bio-pic
½ October 16, 2014
a very good western from 1970 i seen this movie a few times but in wide screen and blue ray for the first time and yes beautiful horses in the movie i like my westerns with horses.
December 24, 2013
A classic John Wayne I used to watch often as a kid. You can't go wrong with John Wayne.
October 8, 2013
Another Duke classic
½ September 12, 2013
Supposed based somewhat on a true story. John Wayne plays "Chisum".
½ August 31, 2013
Chisum, western film directed by Andrew V. McLaglen - film was adapted from the screenplay byAndrew J. Fenday from his short story named "Chisum and the Licoln County Cattle War. Starring ensemble cast JOHN WAYNE, Christopher George, Ben Johnson, Andrew Prine, Forrest Tucker, Richard Jaeckel and Bruce Cabot.

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.
December 7, 2012
Could be very detailed and a good story there by the synopsis.
October 11, 2012
a good oldie. i've watched this one dozens of times since i was a kid.
½ August 12, 2012
This is a decent movie. The plot is lame and very predictable but it is very entertaining.
June 18, 2012
Good John Wayne Western! Not one of his best, but still a must see for any John Wayne fan.
March 25, 2012
Nothing out of the ordinary but a solid enough western mainly thanks to the presence of Wayne.
March 23, 2012
Great John Wayne film, but it's painful to watch because he uses a stunt double. The first sign that The Duke was getting old.
February 8, 2012
A great movie with some history with one of my all-time favorite actors. The scenes, characters, and story all working together to put together an enjoyable film.
½ February 6, 2012
With a bit of history but mostly fictional story John Wayne gives a good performance with some good support...an entertaining Western !
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