Your Top 3 westerns of all time?

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  1. groundharp

    groundharp Maybe your friends think I'm just a stranger

    Them's the best kind!

    My top three would be:
    The Good The Bad And The Ugly
    Pursued
    The Outlaw
    + any spaghetti western (especially if Lee Van Cleef is in it)
     
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  2. groundharp

    groundharp Maybe your friends think I'm just a stranger

    I saw Man Of The West quite recently -- a ridiculous movie. Gary Cooper ("Link Jones") talks about how Lee J Cobb ("Dock Tobin") raised him, but Cooper is 10 years older than Cobb. Also John Dehner ("Claude") talks about how he and the Cooper character ran around together when they were kids -- like when he was 5 and Cooper was 20?! Because Cooper is 15 years older than Dehner. I can't stand Cooper's wooden acting, in this film or any other (including High Noon). But Julie London is a WOW!
     
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  3. Jackson

    Jackson Forum Resident

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    I have no problem with the movie’s plot at all, even if Cooper looks a bit old for the part. But then i always make it a point to never mistake the ages of the actors with the ages of the characters they’re portraying. If i didn’t my favorites list would be much different.
     
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  4. Those films always needed a suspension of disbelief as the actors were often times older than their co-stars or with noticeable age differences. It was more accepted because it was seen as a performance just as age wasn't as big an issue with stage productiI S as well. While Cooper isn't my favorite actor,,his style and persona worked surprisingly well for a number of years. That style of acting and approach has, of course changed with time and you are seeing the film through the lens of modern day filmmaking. You need to WatchKit within the context of its time and, if you couldn't stand Cooper's style (which was all about the projected sincerity and common man approach although Jimmy Stewart was better at that IMHO) , I'm mystified why you would even watch the film or give it a chance in the first place.

    Even John Wayne wasn't very good early on in his roles but it became about the persona and he improved as an actor with time. The big difference was that Cooper was la felt static but, again, he was selling his persona as a leading man and not as an actor. His style,of acting has aged the worst among leading men in films.

    That, however, doesn't detract from the quality of the film.
     
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  5. groundharp

    groundharp Maybe your friends think I'm just a stranger

    When I saw Julie London's name in the opening credits, I figured I'd stay tuned and see how it went. Not that I'm the biggest fan of hers, but I do like her.
     
  6. Jackson

    Jackson Forum Resident

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    He's not one of my favorite actors either, but i think his performance as the troubled doctor in ''The Hanging Tree'' is superb, maybe my favorite performance and film of his.
     
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  7. John Moschella

    John Moschella Forum Resident

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    Unforgiven
    The Searchers
    The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
     
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  8. Indeed, his style seemed very well suited there partially because the character was so conflicted. I think that also having George C. Scott and Karl Malden forced him to raise the bar for his acting.
     
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  9. Jackson

    Jackson Forum Resident

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    Good point, the actress Maria Schell is also very good in it, the film deserves a much higher profile i think.
     
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  10. When you have two actors who can chew scenery that well, you have to pull out the stops to not be lost in their noise. I recall that as hell does an exceptional job as well.
     
  11. alexpop

    alexpop Power pop + other bad habits....

    A Man Called Horse -Blu Ray.
    The cinema version I seen with Richard Harris playing the English gentleman captured by the Sioux, you see him strung up in the initiation process of becoming a brave you see the hooks ripping through his flesh and he falls down. Blu Ray version he’s lowered down. Was the film cut in the US ? Definitely loosing authenticity there.
     
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  12. BILLONEEG

    BILLONEEG Forum Resident

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    The Alamo (Full Version) - John Wayne
    Red River (John Wayne)
    High Noon (Gary Cooper)

    Runners Up:
    One-Eyed Jacks (Marlon Brando)
    Singing Guns (Vaughn Monroe)
    Calamity Jane (Doris Day)
    Gunfight At The OK Corral (Kirk Douglas)
    Shane (Alan Ladd)
     
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  13. Michael

    Michael I LOVE WIDE S-T-E-R-E-O!

    another 3

    The Return Of Frank James
    3:10 To Yuma-original
    The Left Handed Gun
     
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  14. Michael

    Michael I LOVE WIDE S-T-E-R-E-O!

    will we ever get the original theatrical version on home video?
     
  15. pblmow

    pblmow Forum Resident

    Location:
    Fresno.
    The Outlaw Josey Wales
    Tombstone
    The Wild Bunch
     
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  16. Alien Reg

    Alien Reg Forum Resident

    Wasn't it on the 2 disc set that came out about 15 years ago? There are two versions on there.
     
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  17. stepeanut

    stepeanut Forum Resident

    Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid (Turner preview cut)
    One-Eyed Jacks
    McCabe & Mrs. Miller
     
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  18. Claus

    Claus Restaurant Critic

    Location:
    Germany
    The Wild Bunch
    Unforgiven
    The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
     
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  19. fuse999

    fuse999 Forum Resident

    Location:
    Texas
    The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
    Once Upon A Time In the west
    Conagher
     
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  20. LeBon Bush

    LeBon Bush Hound of Love

    Location:
    Austria
    The Good, The Bad & The Ugly
    The Great Silence
    Once Upon A Time in the West
     
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  21. daglesj

    daglesj Forum Resident

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    Hmmmm.

    maybe Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid / For a Few Dollars More / Once Upon a Time in The West

    Notable mentions to The Wild Bunch (certainly the last 17 minutes), Jeremiah Johnson (is that a Western?) and a few others if I think hard enough.
     
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  22. Michael

    Michael I LOVE WIDE S-T-E-R-E-O!

    there is, but I'm not sure the one I saw at the movies is on this DVD?
     
  23. Al Kuenster

    Al Kuenster Forum Resident

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    Westerns are one of my favorite genre, tough to only pick three;
    The Searchers
    The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
    High Noon
     
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  24. pocofan

    pocofan Forum Resident

    Location:
    Alabama
    Pale Rider
    The Outlaw Josey Wales
    High Plains Drifter
     
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  25. Ron Stone

    Ron Stone Offending Member

    Location:
    Deep Maryland
    APPALOOSA

    JEREMIAH JOHNSON

    LITTLE BIG MAN
     
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