The Big Trail
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Integrating the settlers' passionate mortal conflicts into the landscape, Walsh turns the theatrical limitations of early sound technique to an advantage, composing vast, static tableaux with the mighty breadth and noble pace of epic stanzas."
‑ Richard Brody, New Yorker
"John Ford recommended to his friend Walsh bit-part actor Marion Morrison for the lead, and for his first starring role he took the name John Wayne..."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"More historical than anything, but a must for Wayne fans."
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"Visually spectacular early sound Western"
‑ Michael E. Grost, Classic Film and Television
"Raoul Walsh believed that John Wayne would become a big star after his epic Western but he did not. A combo of factors account for this failure, not just Wayne's stiff acting but also the cool reception of the horseopera itself."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Interesting early wide-screen spectacle with indifferent acting and story."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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