|CHISUM John Wayne fills the tall boots of John Chisum, the real-life cattle king determined to protect his empire against a land-grabbing developer (Forrest Tucker) in this lively reworking of the events of New Mexico’s 1878 Lincoln County War.|
PAT GARRETT AND BILLY THE KID The law vs. the lawless. Sheriff Pat Garrett (James Coburn) tracks Billy the Kid (Kris Kristofferson) in a legendary saga of the West’s greatest legend, directed by the great Sam Peckinpah and scored by co-star Bob Dylan.
THE STALKING MOON A relentless foe tracks Army scout Gregory Peck as he attempts to lead a woman (Eva Marie Saint) once held captive by Apaches to safety. Robert Mulligan directs “a movie of exceptional beauty and suspense” (Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times).
RIDE THE HIGH COUNTRY Cowboy icons in the sunset of their careers – Joel McCrea and Randolph Scott – play aged lawmen facing betrayal and their own mortalities in this extraordinary homage directed by Sam Peckinpah.
Editor's NoteTurner Classic Movies' Greatest Films Collection constitutes a series of "themed" packages of features; this particular volume presents four western titles produced over the 11-year period of 1962-1973. It begins in 1970, with genre stalwart Andrew V. McLaglen directing John Wayne in CHISUM - a biography of cattle owner John Simpson Chisum (Wayne) and his attempts to counter an evil land baron (Forrest Tucker). The second feature in the set, Sam Peckinpah's low-key PAT GARRETT AND BILLY THE KID (1973), stars James Coburn, Kris Kristofferson, Bob Dylan and Jason Robards in the chronicle of real-life sheriff Garrett and his hunt for the notorious outlaw Billy the Kid. THE STALKING MOON, a little-known 1968 western from director Robert Mulligan (SUMMER OF '42) concerns an army scout (Gregory Peck) assisting a woman (Eva Marie Saint) and her son in an escape from the Cherokees. Finally, 1962's RIDE THE HIGH COUNTRY, one of Peckinpah's earliest efforts, stars Joel McCrea and Randolph Scott in the tale of two longtime friends guarding a gold shipment.