How the West Was Won
How the West Was Won (1963)

Filmed in panoramic Cinerama, this star-studded, epic Western adventure is a true cinematic classic. Three legendary directors (Henry Hathaway, John Ford and George Marshall) combine their skills to tell the story of three families and… More

Rated: G
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Release Date: February 20, 1963
DVD Release Date: September 30, 2006
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Critic Score: 90% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

It would be hard to imagine a subject which lends itself more strikingly to the wide-screen process than this yarn of the pioneers who opened the American West.

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Kim Newman
Empire Magazine

In all the gargantuousness, however there are redeemable moments, especially in Ford's oddly scaled Civil War episode.

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David Cornelius

A story as big, as brash, and as exciting as the west itself.

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Derek Adams
Time Out

The main problem remains the impossibility of subjecting a film that is fundamentally about landscape and history to the demands of such a coarse dramatic form.

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Tony Sloman
Radio Times

It really is true to say they don't make them like this any more.

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John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

There is no denying the spectacle, the adventure, and the romance in How the West Was Won.

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New York Times

It should be called "How the West Was Done-to Death."

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Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

Delivered big with breathtaking location work and an all-star cast...

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

People have always been, and always will be, impressed with big movies; this Western was one of the very biggest.

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Flixster Audience Score: 74% Flixster User Reviews
jay nixon
Pratically defining the word sprawling this phenomenal drama of the settling of the west is so much more than a conventional western. Directed by three top… More
Tim Salmons
If ever there was a western or an epic that failed to live up to its name and disappoint altogether, it would be this film. How The West Was Won was one of the… More
Dean McKenna
Any Western with this cast is worth a glimpse. Very interesting story of the American history on a grand scale. This movie in effect tells the fourth story -… More
xGary Xx
Western epic that's rather lengthy and uneven, but where else are you going to see all the biggest stars of a genre all in the same film?
Conner Rainwater
You have to hand it to everyone involved, this is one mammoth viewing experience. This covers generations as well as historical events like no other movie has… More
The Movie Waffler
I recall viewing this film as a child and wondering why I could only see the actors' noses and ears speaking to one another. Later it was shown in full… More