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The story of a Wyoming range war is elevated to near-mythical status in George Stevens' Western classic Shane. Alan Ladd plays a mysterious drifter who rides into a tiny homesteading community and accepts the hospitality of a farming family. Patriarch Joe Starrett is impressed by the way Shane handles himself when facing down the minions of land baron Emile Meyer, though he has trouble placing his complete trust in the stranger, as his Marion is attracted to Shane in spite of herself, and his son Joey flat-out idolizes Shane. When Meyer is unable to drive off the homesteaders by sheer… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 97%

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"Wyoming's scenic splendors against which the story is filmed are breathtaking. Sunlight, the shadow of rain storms and the eerie lights of night play a realistic part in making the picture a visual treat."
‑ William Brogdon, Variety
"For Shane contains something more than beauty and the grandeur of the mountains and plains, drenched by the brilliant Western sunshine and the violent, torrential, black-browed rains..."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
""Come back, Shane!" Classic Western for the ages."
‑ Charles Cassady, Common Sense Media
"The direction is deliberate, but the attention to detail is impressive, and the perfromances of Jean Arthur, Alan Ladd, and Brandon De Wilde are so good and restrained that they overcome the social-mythical types they're playing."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"It's the western styled as Arthurian legend, flawlessly cast, undeniably splendid."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Here, as too often in his career, Stevens is aiming to have the last word on a genre: everything aims for 'classic' status, and everything falters in a mire of artsiness and obtrusive technique."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"There are intriguing mysteries in Shane, puzzles and challenges, not least in the title character and the way he is played by Alan Ladd."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Western Poetry in Technicolor."
‑ Scott Nash, Three Movie Buffs
"A maravilhosa fotografia que explora as amplas locações e a força do elenco já seriam o bastante para criar um ótimo trabalho. Mas é a riqueza psicológica do misterioso protagonista e de sua relação com os Starrett que torna o filme inesquecível."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"If the Western is the quintessential American mythology, Shane is its great knight-samurai archetype: stern in battle, mild with women and children, siding with the wronged."
‑ Steven D. Greydanus, Decent Films Guide
"Stevens' classic Western, with its inflated reputation, now looks as if it were self-consciously intended as a landmark film right from the start."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"It is a movie that takes its own measured, deliberate time finding ways to increase your pleasure."
‑ Manny Farber, The Nation
"Despite being burdened with grand pretensions, George Steven's Shane stands securely as one of the most intelligent westerns of its era."
‑ Dan Jardine, Cinemania
"Shane isn't just one of the best movies of its genre or decade -- it's one of the finest films ever made."
‑ Richard Luck, Film4
"An adult Western for those who still want to believe that there are guardian angels out there."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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