Stagecoach

Stagecoach

DVD - 2010 | Special edition
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A group of passengers with nothing in common is stuck inside a coach that is being attacked by bandits and Indians.
Publisher: [Irvington, NY] : Criterion Collection, [2010]
Edition: Special edition
Copyright Date: ©2010
ISBN: 9781604652253
160465225X
Branch Call Number: DVD ADULT
Characteristics: region 1
video file,DVD video
NTSC
2 videodiscs (96 min.) : sound, black & white ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet (31 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm.)

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Best Supporting Actor (Thomas Mitchell); Best Score


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Maoisdead
Aug 11, 2017

This is the film that launched both john Ford and John Wayne in their respective careers as purveyors of the Western in American cinema. It's still a good tale that deserves to be seen.

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wodebaobei38
Aug 09, 2017

All is forgiven! The one scene in the saloon just before the shootout is as if it had been cut from a silent era movie made years before this one. Everything that needed to be said was seen on the face of the bandit. In the BBC interview Ford suggested that he made movies for no other reason than that it was a way to make good money.

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hoacornell
Oct 17, 2015

Great DVD combination of a great movie, a second disc on the making of "Stagecoach" and a booklet on the director John Ford and his relationship with John Wayne. Every scene in "Stagecoach" is like a painted picture of the old west. The stage ride is beautiful to behold and the story quite moving. This is both one of the best westerns ever made by anyone with the best cast a director could assemble. A classic that will live on for generations to come!

ChampionMDR Jun 05, 2015

Grand, old western - alla John Ford, director and John Wayne. One of the best ...

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garycornell
Aug 30, 2014

A buried Classic John Wayne Western from 1939 has been discovered in the KCLS catalog. The movie is the famous "Stagecoach" staring not only John Wayne, but also Claire Trevor, Thomas Mitchell and one of the best western character actors in Andy Devine. KCLS has only one copy of this great western and it isn't even taken out. Fellow patrons, Stagecoach received 2 Academy awards. Thomas Mitchell was Best Supporting Actor and the film score won as well. Director John Ford filmed the movie in the spectacular Monument Valley in Utah. The stagecoach follows actual stagecoach routes and is a study of the 9 passengers on the stagecoach. It is a thrilling ride due to the fact that they are in Apache territory. This being the 75 Anniversary since its release, we should all be thankful that such a wonderful movie is available. If you haven't seen Stagecoach, then you have missed one of the finest Western movies ever made. As always, I would love to hear your reaction to the movie.

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bigmanwithbigtits
Oct 09, 2013

I like all these comments people have posted. Also enjoy Thomas Mitchell in one of my favorite Oscar winning performances.

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Monolith
Sep 23, 2012

Phenomenal innovative '39 John Ford Western/social commentary (!) with a terrific cast. A sloshed (Oscar winning) Thomas Mitchell; the skeletal John Carradine; the frog-throated Andy Devine; a skinny Duke (great intro shot)... Mind-blowing stunts; Ford's first signature use of the majestic mesas and buttes of Monument Valley; pinched-faced anti-floozy/boozehound "Ladies of the Law and Order League"... Sure, some of the sequences are somewhat primitive. That's pretty much a given, considering it was almost 75 years ago. This one launched Wayne's career (after the 1930 flop, "The Big Trail"). I found it completely entertaining. FIVE STARS.

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davehook
Mar 11, 2012

A classic 1930s Western; Classic John Wayne. So many movies were influenced by this one - there were several stunts that you can see were re-done in Raiders of the Lost Ark

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madishoemake
Nov 11, 2011

A classic that's a must-watch. A courageous story of Dignity, Honor, and Chivalry.

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AtomicFez
Aug 21, 2011

This is where it all started. John Wayne and John Ford's first collaboration, the beginning of respectability for westerns, and the start of showing many directors "here's how to tell a movie western without it being a big lot of shots of guys running around or shooting each other dead in the street: you have to have a story!"

Excellent set-up of the basic premise and who is whom (probably the influence of un-credited Ben Hecht, who was a master at that sort of thing), as well as characterization that is clear and simple without being predicable and simplistic. Solid questions of morality, as well as what in life *ought* to be priorities instead of what is *thought* to be a priority.

When used as a template, this film can be used to tell any story by replacing the elements with an equivalent one.

And hey! John Wayne actually can act!

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Monolith
Sep 23, 2012

Dr. Josiah Boone: "I'm not only a philosopher, sir... I'm a fatalist. Somewhere, sometime, there may be the right bullet or the wrong bottle waiting for Josiah Boone. Why worry when or where?"

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Monolith
Sep 23, 2012

Chris: "Curly! Oh, Curly! Oh, Curly! Curly!" Marshal Curly Wilcox: "What's wrong, Chris?" Chris: "My wife, Yakima, she ran away! When I woke up, she was gone!" Marshal Curly Wilcox: "The way you come busting in here -- you'd think we were being attacked! You can find another wife." Chris: "Sure I can find another wife. But she take my rifle and my horse! Oh, I'd never sell her. I love her so much! I beat her with a whip, and she never get tired..." Dr. Josiah Boone: "Your wife?" Chris: "No, my horse. I can find another wife easy, yes, but not a horse like that!"

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bdls206
Mar 27, 2011

The Ringo Kid: That was my kid brother that broke his arm. You did a good job, Doc, even if you were drunk.
Dr. Josiah Boone: Thank you, son. Professional compliments are always pleasing.

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bdls206
Mar 27, 2011

[the telegraph breaks off in mid-message]
Capt. Sickel: Well? What's wrong?
Telegraph operator: The line went dead, sir.
Capt. Sickel: What have you got here?
Telegraph operator: Only the first word, sir.
Capt. Sickel: (reading) Geronimo.

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bdls206
Mar 27, 2011

Henry, the Ringo Kid: Well, there are some things a man just can't run away from.

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bdls206
Mar 27, 2011

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bdls206
Mar 27, 2011

A group of people traveling on a stagecoach find their journey complicated by the threat of Geronimo and learn something about each other in the process.

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