Winchester '73
Winchester '73 (1950)

This film tells the story of a long-standing blood feud. Hard-bitten loner James Stewart rides into Dodge City, where he participates in a Fourth of July shooting contest to win a coveted Winchester rifle. Stewart's principal opponent… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: May 6, 2003
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TIME Magazine

Strikingly photographed in black & white, the film is directed with an eye to realistic detail, an ear for the script's frequently natural dialogue and a knack for building suspense.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

A frisky, fast-moving, funny Western in which a rifle is the apple of a cowboy's eye.

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Tony Sloman
Radio Times

This is a fine, mature work: adult, intelligent and moral, creating a laconic new persona for the admirable Stewart.

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Variety Staff

Stewart brings real flavor and appeal to the role of Lin, in a lean, concentrated portrayal.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

The final shoot-out remains a classic study in mise-en-scene, as Mann transforms a jagged landscape into a highly charged psychological battleground.

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Martin Chilton
Daily Telegraph

Winchester '73 changed the way cinema audiences saw the Western, because it featured a more complex idea of the noble hero of the west -- a man plagued by personal problems and violent impulses.

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Phil Hardy
Time Out

Mann's first film with James Stewart, with whom he was to make a series of classic Westerns, this offers the clearest example of Mann's use of the revenge plot.

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Empire Magazine

With such a strong cast, the film almost turns into an ensemble film instead of a star vehicle for Stewart in his first of many collaborations with Mann.

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Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television

Atmospheric Western with an unusual look at Dodge City and Wyatt Earp.

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Flixster Audience Score: 86% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
One part Western (the visuals), one part noir (the script), this is one different take on the genre. Rock Hudson as an Indian, Tony Curtis as, well, Tony… More
Ken Stachnik
This movie is better than losing your virginity<br/><br/>I mean seriously who knew Jimmy Stewart kicked so much ass
Josh Morris
Winchester 73 is one of those perfect classic Westerns (High Noon, The Searchers, Stagecoach, etc.) that never disappoints or lets up from the moment you pop in… More
xGary Xx
James Stewart and Anthony Mann made a few quality westerns together, and this is probably the best of them. This film has everything a western could want and… More
Kyle Fowler
Winchester 73 is fine, light-hearted fun. Full of charismatic performances and a simple but functional story, it never fails to please or entertain, even if… More
Michael Gildea
I'm not a big fan of westerns, but this was great.