in about 100 words or less
US 118m, Colour
Director: George Stevens; Cast: Alan Ladd, Jean Arthur, Van Heflin, Brandon deWilde, Elisha Cook Jr., Jack Palance, Ben Johnson
A retired gunfighter befriends a homesteader and his family when he accepts an invitation to be their farm hand. Motivated by his fondness for his new friends, Shane finds himself in the middle of a dispute between the homesteaders and a local cattleman who wants to drive them off their land. Though the homesteader’s wife is adamant that the valley would be better off without guns, Shane must take up his own to defend the family in this beautifully filmed, often clichéd, but influential Hollywood style Western (Klaus Ming May 2013).
After seeing a couple of his 1935 films, I’ve decided I’m a George Stevens fan. Even if the plot is standard, he makes you care about the characters.
My only real problem with Shane is the kid (though not really a big Alan Ladd fan either). Still a beautifully shot film.
Gunga Din is probably my favourite Steven’s film.