Shane (1953)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  

USA, 1953.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by , additional dialogue by , based on the novel by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by George Stevens.  Music by .  Production Design by , .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by , .  

 and  play settlers in the Wild West who welcome the visit of a mysterious gunman named Shane () when he pulls up to their property gates. Their huge, sprawling acreage has caught the eye of evil thug Rufus Ryker () who intends to get it from them no matter what it takes. Thankfully, Shane has taken it upon himself to rid the world of Ryker and all his merry men (which include a young ) and protects his new found family from them. Great to look at and very exciting, featuring a smarmy little performance by child actor , who utters the film’s well-known closing line.

Academy Award:  Best Cinematography-Colour
Nominations: Best Picture; Best Supporting Actor (Brandon De Wilde); Best Supporting Actor (Jack Palance); Best Director (George Stevens); Best Screenplay

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