How the West Was Won
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Filmed in panoramic Cinerama, this star-studded, epic Western adventure is a true cinematic classic. Three legendary directors (Henry Hathaway, John Ford, and George Marshall) combine their skills to tell the story of three families and their travels from the Erie Canal to California between 1839 and 1889. Spencer Tracy narrates the film, which cost an estimated 15 million dollars to complete. In the first segment, "The Rivers," pioneer Zebulon Prescott (Karl Malden) sets out to settle in the West with his wife (Agnes Moorehead) and their four children. Along with other settlers and… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Delivered big with breathtaking location work and an all-star cast..."
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"People have always been, and always will be, impressed with big movies; this Western was one of the very biggest."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Watching it at home without the three-strip Cinerama process takes most of the sparkle out of the film."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A story as big, as brash, and as exciting as the west itself."
‑ David Cornelius,
"Immense, sprawling western epic loaded with great stars, acting, music, direction."
‑ Steve Crum,
"There is no denying the spectacle, the adventure, and the romance in How the West Was Won."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"Though boasting the innovative technology of Cinerama, this anthology of the Old West is too long, often tedius, and only occasionally pleasurable."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
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