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Stagecoach
ID:
1939
Comments:
Director: John Ford
Screenplay: Ben Hecht, Dudley Nichols, Ernest Haycox
Producer: John Ford
Cast: John Wayne, Claire Trevor, Andy Devine, John Carradine, Thomas Mitchell
Genre: Action & Adventure

Running Time: 96
Aspect Ratio:  1.33:1 (NTSC )
Sound: Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
Features: Special Edition
Studio:  Warner Home Video DVD Region:  1 Unrated
DVD Release:  Jun 2006 Discs:  2 (DVD) [$26.98]
Purchase: 
Reviews:  This landmark 1939 Western began the legendary relationship between John Ford and John Wayne, and became the standard for all subsequent Westerns. It solidified Ford as a major director and established Wayne as a charismatic screen presence. Seen today, "Stagecoach" still impresses as the first mature instance of a Western that is both mythic and poetic. The story about a cross-section of troubled passengers unraveling under the strain of Indian attack contains all of Ford's incomparable storytelling trademarks--particularly swift action and social introspection--underscored by the painterly landscape of Monument Valley. And what an ensemble of actors: Thomas Mitchell (who won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar as the drunken doctor), Claire Trevor, Donald Meek, Andy Devine, and the magical John Carradine. Due to the film's striking use of chiaroscuro lighting and low ceilings, Orson Welles watched "Stagecoach" over and over while preparing for "Citizen Kane". "--Bill Desowitz"


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