The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance Reviews
Another great western from John Ford. Great plot, with a good twist at the end. More than a conventional western-action-drama, the movie covers issues like press freedom, vigilantism, law and order, and even has a romantic angle.
John Wayne and James Stewart play their parts to perfection. Lee Marvin is evil personified as Liberty Valance.
A timeless classic.
Dark, thought provoking, and well acted, The Man who Shot Liberty Valence is one of the finest westerns of all time.
It's an obvious, yet still rather powerful metaphor our own society and history. After all, so much of our collective history is in fact legends and stories. George Washington never chopped down a cherry tree, Paul Revere didn't ride the incredible midnight ride alone, and Christopher Columbus wasn't the first person to discover America. Yet we tell these stories over and over because they have a strong moral or inspirational point to them. They shape us and our society more than most 'real' people we know or ever will know. In a way, the lies we live and the legends we tell are more real than the world of facts.
Besides, who wants a little something like facts to ruin a good story right?