Shane (1953)

The story of a Wyoming range war is elevated to near-mythical status in George Stevens' Western classic Shane. Alan Ladd plays a mysterious drifter who rides into a tiny homesteading community and accepts the hospitality of a farming… More

Rated: G
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Release Date: April 24, 1953
DVD Release Date: August 15, 2000
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Critic Score: 97% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
William Brogdon

Wyoming's scenic splendors against which the story is filmed are breathtaking. Sunlight, the shadow of rain storms and the eerie lights of night play a realistic part in making the picture a visual treat.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

For Shane contains something more than beauty and the grandeur of the mountains and plains, drenched by the brilliant Western sunshine and the violent, torrential, black-browed rains...

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James Plath
Family Home Theater

To a degree, Shane employs the good-guy/bad-guy stereotypes that characterize Westerns. But it's more complex than that.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Here, as too often in his career, Stevens is aiming to have the last word on a genre: everything aims for 'classic' status, and everything falters in a mire of artsiness and obtrusive technique.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

There are intriguing mysteries in Shane, puzzles and challenges, not least in the title character and the way he is played by Alan Ladd.

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Manny Farber
The Nation

It is a movie that takes its own measured, deliberate time finding ways to increase your pleasure.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Stevens' classic Western, with its inflated reputation, now looks as if it were self-consciously intended as a landmark film right from the start.

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Alberto Abuín

A film that continues to maintain its condition of unscathed classic, although it has its detractors. [Full review in Spanish]

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Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media

"Come back, Shane!" Classic Western for the ages.

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Flixster Audience Score: 81% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
The dazzling cinematography that explores the bucolic and idyllic landscapes, together with the strong ensemble cast, contributes to make this an unforgettable… More
Dean McKenna
Shots of Shane (Alan Ladd) as a speck in a vast landscape add a mythic quality. What follows is a blow-by-blow account of the clash between cattle barons and… More
Chris Weber
Often considered a high watermark for the western genre, and an integral part of the mythologizing of the Old West, this is George Stevens's production of… More
Randy Tippy
A little TOO sentimental to edge out <i>The Searchers</i> or <i>High Noon</i> on my list of favorite westerns, but still one of the… More
Kyle Fowler
Shane, for the most part, fails to entertain or to offer high-quality story telling, which makes me wonder why we all consider it one of the great classics.… More
Devon Bott
Beautiful, sprawling landscapes, evil villains (as played by Jack Palance) and of course the almost superhuman Shane are all factors that go into making this an… More

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