Stagecoach (1939)

Although there were Westerns before it, Stagecoach quickly became a template for all movie Westerns to come. Director John Ford combined action, drama, humor, and a set of well-drawn characters in the story of a stagecoach set to leave… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: March 2, 1939
DVD Release Date: October 30, 1997
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Its virtues remain intact.

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Time Out

Impossible to overstate the influence of Ford's magnificent film, generally considered to be the first modern Western.

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Simon Braund
Empire Magazine

With this, Ford transformed the western from fading B-movie filler into genuine adult fare.

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Variety Staff

Directorially, production is John Ford in peak form, sustaining interest and suspense throughout, and presenting exceptional characterizations. Picture is a display of photographic grandeur.

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Frank S. Nugent
New York Times

John Ford has swept aside ten years of artifice and talkie compromise and has made a motion picture that sings a song of camera.

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Cole Smithey

[VIDEO] Orson Welles famously said he watched "Stagecoach" 40 times before he made "Citizen Kane." It's easy to see why.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Seen today, Stagecoach may not seem very original. That's because it influenced countless later movies in which a mixed bag of characters are thrown together by chance and forced to survive an ordeal.

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Modern movies began here.

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Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight

One of the best early westerns ever made.

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Flixster Audience Score: 86% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
How riveting it is to be immersed in this classic influential Western that is not only entertaining and exciting but is above all a sincere story that always… More
Jim Hunter
A motley group of people travel through dangerous "Indian country" (isn't it all supposed to be Indian country?). As I watched this film, I found… More
xGary Xx
A stagecoach containing a disparate assortment of characters comes under Indian attack. John Ford revolutionized the genre with this beautifully crafted western… More
Melvin White
Ringo Kid: You may need me and this Winchester, Curly. Saw a ranch house burnin' last night.  "A Powerful Story Of 9 Strange People."… More
Chris Weber
I realize that my review is going to be considered controversial, but listen, this is all just my opinion. I do love westerns. They are an American… More
Tim Salmons
Don't just think that this is just another John Ford film. It's also not merely the movie that brought John Wayne to the attention of the entire… More