Northwest Passage (1940)

Northwest Passage (1940)

Northwest Passage




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Kenneth Roberts' fact-based novel Northwest Passage would seem too raw and explicit a book to be considered for an MGM film adaptation-much less one in Technicolor. Amazingly, MGM retained many of the grim episodes from the Roberts' novel, though - thanks to the Hays Code - most are discussed rather than shown. The film is set in 1759, when the headstrong and gifted young artist Langdon Towne (Robert Young) is expelled from Harvard much to the chagrin of his parents and his fiancee, Elizabeth … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Western, Drama, Action & Adventure, Classics
Directed By: ,
Written By: Laurence Stallings, Talbot Jennings
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On DVD: Nov 22, 2011


as Major Rogers

as Langdon

as Elizabeth

as Clagett

as Jennie

as Beecham

as Marriner

as Capt. Huff

as Rev. Browne

as Humphrey Towne

as Gen. Amherst

as Sgt. McNott

as Lt. Avery

as Webster

as Sam Livermore

as Capt. Ogden

as Konkapot

as Ranger

as Ranger

as Richard Towne

as Sheriff Packer

as Eben Towne

as Odiorne Towne

as Mrs. Towne

as Sheriff Packer

as Bradley McNeil

as Capt. Butterfield

as Mrs. Browne

as Lt. Dunbar

as MacPherson

as Capt. Grant

as Mrs. Browne

as Jane Browne

as Sarah Hadden

as Flint Innkeeper

as Farrington

as Billy Indian Boy

as Capt. Jacobs

as McMullen

as Capt. Williams

as Sir William Johnson

as Ranger
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Critic Reviews for Northwest Passage

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | February 23, 2012
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

A rousing adventure story of epic proportions.

Full Review… | May 11, 2010
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Surprisingly gritty, realistic MGM version of early pioneers led by Spencer Tracy's Rogers.

February 24, 2008

Audience Reviews for Northwest Passage

Beautiful photograpy and robust performances.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

It's actually kinda graphic and might be seen as offensive to a few. The movie plays more like something out of the 50s or early 60s. It is in color with better than average cinematography and kinda preachy and a little campy like films of those times are. It is pretty gritty compared to most, though, and tells of an interesting period in history that is not covered in pop culture much (though liberties are of course taken - the combat is poor and the scale of the indian battle unrealistically large, and the costuming is also bad). All in all, the movie keeps your attention and is basically enjoyable, though it is not exactly intellectual. Sort of like a popcorn movie in today's terms.

Spencer Tracy is Bigger Than Life in this Role of Major Robert Rogers, I'd forgotten what a Powerful Actor he was till I saw this again the other day, this may be my favorite role for him, of many I've enjoyed.It's possible that the Character he was intrusted with playing ,was just "Such A Character" in the style of Daniel Boone or others with such Drive & Pioneer Adventure Spirit, but I don't think anyone could have embodied Major Rogers better.He was Part Indian Hunter,Tracker/Fighter part Explorer who lead men through unfathomable hardships & Indian Attacks.Robert Young was Amazing too as Langdon Towne , a privileged Harvard Scholar & Artist who dabbles in Map Making who gets tricked into intoxication by Rogers & end's up, along with his friend Hunk(Walter Brennan), on the unexpected adventure of a lifetime.A wonderful Story, Historically Based, & never boring.

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