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Shane (1953)

Director: George Stevens     Starring: Jean Arthur Van Heflin Alan Ladd
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40167009
UPC: 097360652246
UPC 14: 00097360652246
Rating: NR
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A former gunfighter has to strap on his guns one more time to defend homesteaders and a little boy.
Editor's Note
George Stevens' classic Western, adaptated from the Jack Schaefer novel, stars Alan Ladd in the title role. Riding the ranges of Wyoming's Grand Tetons, Shane stops at the farm of homesteader Joe Starrett (Van Heflin) just before Ryker (Emile Meyer), a powerful and predatory cattleman, arrives with his hired muscle to make the farmer a threatening offer for land that he intends to get by any means necessary. When Shane lets the cattle baron know that his gun will back Starrett if there's any trouble, the grateful homesteader offers the stranger a job as a hired hand, which he accepts. Joe's young son Joey (Brandon de Wilde) is drawn to the quiet stranger, whose difference from the men he knows is confirmed by the accidental revelation of a gunfighter's lightning reflexes. Shane becomes a valuable asset to the farm, but is slowly drawn into the continuing hostilities between the two opposing groups. To complicate matters, Shane feels an unspoken, and unwanted, attraction to Starrett's wife Marian (Jean Arthur). This creates a sense of ambivalence in Joe, whose son already idolizes the gunslinger. Stevens' meticulous artistry imbues the simple Western with the mythic aura of an Arthurian legend, as Loyal Griggs' beautifully composed images provide the canvas for career performances by Ladd, Heflin, Arthur, and de Wilde, in what many regard as the finest western ever made.


Video Features DVD, Dolby, Digital Audio, English, Subtitled, No Longer Produced

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Paramount
Video Release Date Release Date: 5/23/2006
Video Play Time Running Time: 117 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1953
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 065224
Video UPC UPC: 00097360652246
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Ben Johnson
Video Cast Info Elisha Cook Jr.
Video Cast Info Jack Palance
Video Cast Info Emile Meyer
Video Cast Info Edgar Buchanan
Video Cast Info Brandon De Wilde
Video Cast Info Jean Arthur
Video Cast Info Van Heflin
Video Cast Info Alan Ladd
Video Cast Info John Dierkes
Video Cast Info Victor Young - Composer
Video Cast Info A.B. Guthrie Jr. - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Jack Schaefer - Source Writer
Video Cast Info Loyal Griggs - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info William Hornbeck - Editor
Video Cast Info Hal Pereira - Production Designer
Video Cast Info George Stevens - Producer
Video Cast Info George Stevens - Director
Plot Summary
Director George Stevens based this landmark western on Jack Schaefer's best-selling novel.| Shane, a handsome loner, rides into a Wyoming valley seeking refuge from his difficult past. He discovers the Starretts, a pioneer farm family looking for a hired hand. Suddenly, Ryker and his posse of gun-toting ruffians ride by and threaten to run Starrett off his farm. Ryker, a ruthless businessman, has been trying to rid the valley of homesteaders so he can expand his ranch. After witnessing this brutality, Shane decides to stay on and help out. Provoked by Ryker's boys, Shane joins the homesteader's fight, facing off with a hired gunslinger to make the valley safe for civilized folks like the Starretts. Shane's bravery wins Mrs. Starrett's heart. But this honorable horseman is going to ride off into the night alone.

Professional Reviews

Chicago Sun-Times
"...There are intriguing mysteries in SHANE..." 09/03/2000 p.3

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Ladd,Alan
Product attributeLabel:   Paramount Home Video
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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