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Stagecoach solidified John Ford as one of American cinema's most important directors and made a star of John Wayne, while it established most of the conventions for all movie Westerns to come. The story takes place on a stagecoach journey across the West. Led by the Ringo Kid (Wayne), the stagecoach is filled with a number of people who have nothing in common yet pull together over the course of their voyage, since they have to struggle through natural disasters and attacks by outlaws and Indians. Stagecoach is filled with exciting action and beautiful visuals, as well as surprisingly… More

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"Its virtues remain intact."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Impossible to overstate the influence of Ford's magnificent film, generally considered to be the first modern Western."
‑ , Time Out
"With this, Ford transformed the western from fading B-movie filler into genuine adult fare."
‑ Simon Braund, Empire Magazine
"Classic John Wayne Western masterpiece promotes tolerance."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
"John Ford's classic western is a landmark of the genre for so many reasons: mature, classically constructed and superbly directed, it made a star of John Wayne..."
‑ Sean Axmaker,
"Directorially, production is John Ford in peak form, sustaining interest and suspense throughout, and presenting exceptional characterizations. Picture is a display of photographic grandeur."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"John Ford has swept aside ten years of artifice and talkie compromise and has made a motion picture that sings a song of camera."
‑ Frank S. Nugent, New York Times
"[VIDEO] Orson Welles famously said he watched "Stagecoach" 40 times before he made "Citizen Kane." It's easy to see why."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"Stagecoach is not just one of the greatest and most influential Westerns ever made; it's also a template for the ensemble film."
‑ Christopher Long, Movie Metropolis
"Criterion Collection's two-disc set... [is] a small film-school education, through the copious supplementary materials, on how the film broke new ground, why it remains so important today..."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"Seen today, Stagecoach may not seem very original. That's because it influenced countless later movies in which a mixed bag of characters are thrown together by chance and forced to survive an ordeal."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Modern movies began here."
‑ , Film4
"One of the best early westerns ever made."
‑ Wesley Lovell, Cinema Sight
"...a thoughtful ensemble examination of grace (and lack of grace) under stress."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"A particularly special entry in Ford's already lengthy career... his first absolutely perfect movie."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
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