Shane (1953)

Drama | English | 118 minutes


In the sparsely settled Wyoming Territory, in the late19th century, a bitter feud is raging between the cattle ranchers and homesteading farmers. The ranchers need open spaces with no fences so their cattle can graze easily. The farmers need the land to farm and  they protect their crops with fences. Shane, a lonely, nomadic cowboy, as well as a gunfighter, wanders into the farm of Joe Starrett.  Shane is about to leave when an angry group of ranchers, led by Rufus Ryker,  arrive. Ryker threatens Starrett. But then Shane appears out of the shadows. Ryker quickly realizes  Shane is no farmer and possibly a gunfighter. With the possibility  the dispute will involve gunfights, Ryker hires his own gunfighter, the notorious Jack Wilson. Observing all this is Starrett’s precocious son, Joey, and wife, Marian. Ryker invites Starrett to meet him in the local tavern and possibly work on an agreement. Shane, knowing about Jack Wilson, realizes this is a trap. He physically forces Starrett to stay home, telling Starrett  “this is my kind of fight.” Shane arrives at the tavern and faces  Wilson. When one gunfighter faces another gunfighter, it’s a sure bet only one will survive.  

Alan Ladd (Shane) / Van Heflin (Joe Starrett) / Jean Arthur (Marian Starrett) / Brandon deWilde (Joey Starrett) / Jack Palance (Jack Wilson) / Emile Meyer (Rufus Ryker)
Why Stream This Film?
 It’s rare that such a worthy film, still running in theaters and nominated for 10 Oscars, is also available for streaming.
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 97%
  • Metacritic Score: 80
  • Academy Awards: Winner, Best Cinematography (Loyal Griggs); Nominated, Best Film;  Best Director (George Stevens); Best Screenplay (A.B. Guthrie, Jr., Jack Sher); Best Actors in a Supporting Role (Brandon de Wilde,  Jack Palance)
  • National Board of Review: Winner, Best Director (George Stevens);  Listed, Top 10 Films of the Year
  • Directors Guild of America: Nominated, Best Director (George Stevens)
SHANE draws on sound plot and characters, solid directorial interpretation and fine playing to give it both class and mass appeal. Ranks with some of the select few films that have become classics in the outdoor field.
William Brogdon


Beautifully filmed in the great Wyoming outdoors, under the towering peaks of the Grand Tetons. SHANE contains  a tremendous comprehension of the bitterness and passion of the feuds that existed between the new homesteaders and the cattlemen on the open range.
Bosley Crowther

The New York Times

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