Winchester '73
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Lin McAdam (James Stewart) and his friend High-Spade (Millard Mitchell) arrive in Dodge City for a shooting contest, in which the prize is a perfectly manufactured Winchester repeating rifle, referred to as "One of a Thousand" -- a gun so fine that Winchester won't sell it. Lin runs across Dutch Henry Brown (Stephen McNally) in a saloon and the two would kill each other right there but for the fact that town marshal Wyatt Earp (Will Geer) has everyone's guns. Lin wins the rifle in an extraordinary marksmanship match-up with Brown, but the latter steals the prize from him and… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Stewart brings real flavor and appeal to the role of Lin, in a lean, concentrated portrayal."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"The final shoot-out remains a classic study in mise-en-scene, as Mann transforms a jagged landscape into a highly charged psychological battleground."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"The ruthless scraping of the Western's heroic veneer is Anthony Mann's stroke of genius"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"At one time, the phrase 'action director' didn't mean a technician who knew how to stage the biggest explosions. It meant someone who understood the psychology of action, the reasons behind it."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"James Stewart's driven, neurotic portrayal is one of many highlights in this seminal revenge western."
‑ James Jennings, Film4
"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."
‑ , Time Out
"Atmospheric Western with an unusual look at Dodge City and Wyatt Earp."
‑ Michael E. Grost, Classic Film and Television
"Every bit the classic its reputation suggests."
‑ David Cornelius, DVDTalk.com
"One of the truly great Westerns, directed and acted with flawless skill in the old style."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A frisky, fast-moving, funny Western in which a rifle is the apple of a cowboy's eye."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"Winchester '73 is simply one of the finest Westerns ever made, in a class with the best of Ford and Hawks."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"The first collaboration between director Mann and actor Stewart, a team that would create a series of superior westerns that added a new, psychological dimension to the genre."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Jimmy Stewart's performance is tinged with desperation and dementia -- the work of a great actor discovering a new boldness inside."
‑ Bryant Frazer, Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
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