Winchester '73 1950

Winchester '73

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Lin McAdam (James Stewart) pursues notorious outlaw Henry "Dutch" Brown (Millard Mitchell) into Dodge City, Kansas. There, in an effort to flush out the criminal, McAdam enters a sharp-shooting contest and wins the top prize: the eponymous Winchester rifle. Brown, desiring the rifle for himself, sneaks into McAdam's room and makes off with it. After finding the rifle missing, McAdam chases Brown across the state and toward an epic confrontation.

Cast & Crew

Shelley Winters
Lola Manners
Dan Duryea
Waco Johnnie Dean
Stephen McNally
Dutch Henry Brown
Millard Mitchell
High Spade Frankie Wilson
Charles Drake
Steve Miller
Will Geer
Wyatt Earp
Rock Hudson
Young Bull
Borden Chase
Screenwriter
William H. Daniels
Cinematographer
Edward Curtiss
Film Editor
Nathan Juran
Art Director
A. Roland Fields
Set Decoration
Russell A. Gausman
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Critic Reviews for Winchester '73

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Audience Reviews for Winchester '73

  • Nov 09, 2011
    Winchester 73 is one of those perfect classic Westerns (High Noon, The Searchers, Stagecoach, etc.) that never disappoints or lets up from the moment you pop in the disc. The depth and complexity of James Stewart's performance is the star here, but for me, film noir auteur Anthony Mann's textured, high contrast black and white photography is a runner up, especially in the night scenes, which have the haunting and three dimensional glowing quality of the best film noir classics. Thirdly, the perfectly cast cracker jack supporting players, all hold the screen with the masterful Stewart in his prime, full of veterans like Grandpa Walton (Will Geer), and newcomers circa 1950 like Shelly Winters, Tony Curtis and Rock Hudson. The script is subtle using natural, conversational dialogue. The acting style matches the script to a t, with almost Stanislavski-esque performance 'method' . Don't expect the wacky buddy comedy or over the top cackling villainy of some of the other later day (post WWII) Westerns. It's a well told story that wraps up perfectly and takes its time to make its big shocking revelation, adding resonance to the tragic wrenching conclusion. The 93 minutes fly by with the wall to wall excellence on display here.
    Josh M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 14, 2011
    Very well-made, gritty western...but it probably won't be as memorable as I would like it to be...
    Jared H Super Reviewer
  • Aug 08, 2011
    Winchester 73 is fine, light-hearted fun. Full of charismatic performances and a simple but functional story, it never fails to please or entertain, even if it's not exactly riveting.
    Kyle F Super Reviewer
  • Mar 14, 2009
    Great western. James Stewart is excellent as a gunman, seeking revenge over the death of his father. Winchester '73 has all the ingredients for a great western, with gunfights, Indians, chases, great cinematography, a foxy lady, a bank robbery, and a nasty villain.So satisfaction guaranteed.
    Jonny C Super Reviewer

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