The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
1962 | Western | 123 minutes | English
Why Stream This Film?
- Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 94%
- Metacritic Score: 94
The film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”
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A great film, rich in thought and feeling, composed in rhythms that vary from the elegiac to the spontaneous.
THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE is both the most romantic of Westerns and the greatest American political movie. The movie is also romantic in another way – it’s a great love story and a painful triangle involving the tenderfoot lawyer, his gunslinging friend, and the woman they both love. The tale’s epic span – it’s framed as a flashback to distant youth – stretches that love story over a vast arc of experience and renders it immeasurably poignant. As it draws to a close, there’s hardly a dry eye in the house – at least, in our house.
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