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Plot: A family saga covering several decades of Westward expansion in the nineteenth century--including the Gold Rush, the Civil War, and the building of the railroads. Runtime: 164 mins Release Date: 20 Jan 1963
A Great Epic... and I Generally Detest Westerns (by Jon Kolenchak)
I have not been fortunate to view this film in its original Cinerama format, but I have seen various prints of it over the years, and have recently watched the newly released DVD version.Even in DVD's digital format, I can see how the color in some sections of the film has faded -- a pity, for there are vistas of incredible beauty in this film.There are several reasons why this film works. The photography is simply breathtaking. The story is epic in proportions, yet as simple as the pioneers. Alfred Newman's score is lovely; This is the best film music that he had written since The <more>
Song of Bernadette. Ken Darby's vocal arrangements add just the right feel of authenticity to the sonic scheme. And, the actors are truly actors, not just "personalities". I absolutely fell in love with Thelma Ritter, Agnes Moorehead, Karl Malden, and Walter Brennan. These were just the "supporting" members of the cast. Debbie Reynolds and Gregory Peck made a great duo, James Stewart was independent, strong, yet vulnerable, and Carol Baker was sweet, if just a little conniving.I was surprised how many times while watching the film I was moved to tears -- and not always during the sad scenes. The scene at her father's grave when Carol Baker sends her son off to war, long after her husband has also gone, is very moving. What was it that made me so misty-eyed? I found myself getting caught up in the lives of these pioneers, with their hopes, dreams, and disappointments, and all too human frailties.Now for the flip side -- I must admit that I cringed when I heard Spencer Tracey's narration stating that "the west had to be won...from primitive man." It made me think about how one-sided this presentation was with regards to our treatment of Native Americans. George Peppard's character is an ally of the Native Americans, but this plot development occurs far too late to provide any kind of real balance to the story.In the final analysis, we have a film that is not very politically correct, but is a tale told well, filmed beautifully, about people who sacrificed everything they had to pursue their dream.
This movie has made a life-long impression on me from the time I saw it at the age of 10 until this day over 40 years . Growing up a fan of westerns and loving the West and its beautiful history, I've claimed this one as my all-time favorite movie. I found the love scenes between Eve and Linus the most romantic I'd ever witnessed and to this day, it still gives me goose bumps. Eve knew her heart, and her boldness with the resisting Linus is just wonderful. I still get a tear when Eve lets her son Zeb leave for the war. When she comments that he must take off his shirt so that she can <more>
wash it it's the only one he has , and she pats his shoulder, I feel my motherly instincts crying for my own son. It still moves me deeply. And when she drops to her knees, praying at her father's grave, it's simply heart-wrenching. But just the scenery alone would have done it for me. Add the beautiful score and it's over the top. Yes, the critics saw many flaws in this epic. They are the professionals who understood the problems of the split screens, the sometimes less than realistic writing, some obviously fake scenery wasn't there at least one cardboard saguaro cactus in the train scene? , the too-long running time, the weak characters for major actors, on and on. But for me, I've enjoyed my original 33 rpm album soundtrack all these years, became a national park ranger, traveled and lived all over the West, and today still find the main characters of the story close to my heart. It was a life-affecting movie for all the right reasons. Entertainment doesn't get any better than that. I recently found the whole movie soundtrack on a double CD set that is really incredible. It contains extensive tracks not heard on the original album and is absolutely a must for any HTWWW fan.
Karl Malden says 'I tell the truth as I see it' at the start of this epic and that will do my conscience for this film. Sure, this is Wild West history as seen by the victors - but what a story! If you need criticism it is that it may be too rich to enjoy everything in one seating. So, calm down, settle in and watch it yet again!The all-star cast act wonderfully together, never hogging the story. Debbie Reynolds does carry through, as the linchpin connecting the scenes together, and she is perfect at doing it. The speed of the story telling is brisk and never allows a soap opera <more>
feeling to take hold. This is a major reason for hoping that NO REMAKE will be done. It also scares me to imagine which of the current lightweights would be allowed to work in it. I smell a soap opera chick flick! Mamma Mia goes west - UGH!!Now that this great movie is available on DVD, there is no need to invest in any more than buying a copy. You get a super film, with a fantastic musical score and magical scenery. If that wasn't enough, you also get a bunch of the best actors and actresses who do what few ever achieve - get you to forget that they are acting at all. Marvelous.
Awesome - American history on a grand scale (by trpdean)
As a seven year old boy who adored history, I was brought by my mother to see this in Cinemascope on a huge screen. Anyone who has seen this can just imagine the impact.There has always been a healthy dispute about what historical developments most influenced the outlook and behavior of Americans. Among the candidates are: i the development of an entirely new world on distant shores - a world where the rules were there to be made as the Pilgrims/Puritans/Quakers and others determined, ii the colonists' growing self-identity as Americans, the evolution of that separate identity, and <more>
these peoples' coordination and cooperation from 1607 to the Albany Union conference in 1759, the Stamp Act Congress in 1763 and the Second Continental Congress' decision to declare independence in 1776, iii the workings of a multi-racial society due to the presence of aboriginal people and the importation of slaves, iv the role of the frontier and settlement of a continually receding West, v the enormity of immigration and their inter-action with the native-born from about the 1840s to the present, vi the sheer size and diverse conditions of topography and climate, vii the evolution of democracy over four centuries on a large scale, viii the experience of modernization over the past century on a scale unknown to, and before, the rest of the world.This movie in effect tells the fourth story - and tells it in a thrilling, colorful way -- from the 1840s when the frontier was still the Ohio Valley to about 1885 - not so long a time. Contrast this with the 169 year colonial period .The movie is stunning - beautifully cast - music you'll always remember - and many powerful and moving scenes. So many scenes live forever in my mindthe return of the George Peppard character from the Civil War to his family's farmstead in Ohio, -- the astonishing speech by the Richard Widmark character after the buffalo stampede has killed so many, -- the wonderfully written emotional scenes whenever Debbie Reynolds was dealing with either Robert Preston's clumsy attempt at courtship "why with hips like yours, having children would be as easy as rolling off a log" or her own love for the roguish Gregory Peck, -- the George Peppard family with the wonderful Carolyn Jones and Debbie Reynolds singing Greensleaves as the movie nears its end,-- and the astonishing scene of the West transformed into cloverleaf highways and overpasses after we've been watching a deserted West for several hours.The pride in those who won the West is so evident throughout the movie - yet it's shown along with losses the deep sadness of Henry Fonda's mountaineer at the continuing encroachment of civilization, the breach of the boundary set in an Indian treaty due to the railroad's need to set a straight course - and the resulting catastrophe .Not too many years would pass before movie makers would be telling audiences that the settlement of the West was a triumph of vicious villains, charlatans, cynics and fast-buck artists in movies like McCabe and Mrs. Miller, Soldier Blue, Little Big Man, The Wild Bunch.But I'm deeply grateful that I was old enough to see how the West was won in a movie like this.
HTWWW at the Cinerama Dome in Los Angeles (by mrow)
It was a good payoff; the print was as perfect as could be expected and the Pacific Cinerama theater is in top form. Seating was fine it's reserved, so you know ahead where you'll be. Because you're looking at three separate 35mm projections, the sum total of the three result in a very large, clear and bright picture, just as good as a 70mm film, and perhaps better in some respects. The prints were vivid and sharp. At the Dome, a theater executive came out to discuss the film and the theater history with the audience just prior to the start of the picture; he spoke for 10-15 <more>
minutes discussing the pros and cons of the process, why it wasn't practical to continue making films this way etc. One of the plus aspects is that with the small lenses they used, the focus was fixed and any object from 2 ft to infinity was always in focus therefore, all the scenery was sharp except for certain single-camera and process shots . One of the downside aspects is that extreme closeups are not possible in Cinerama, and he said that the directors hated that. Then he tells inside trivia about the film, how it includes about a minute of footage from two other films one was The Alamo because the scenes fit perfectly in the storyline. He also mentioned that back in the 1960's it took 5 people to run the show: three projectors, the 35mm sound projector and one master projectionist - total of 5. The gentleman said that today, with all the modern technological improvements, they were now able to produce the identical result -- with just 5 projectionists! In other words, nothing had changed. Another reason the process could not survive. Got a big laugh. He then introduced each projectionist to the audience. Anyway, the whole thing came off without a hitch and I had forgotten much of the film's vivid details and incredible scenery, so it was very much like seeing it for the first time. I had not seen it in Cinerama ever, and when I did see a blended 35mm print in a local Edwards theater back in '64, it was somewhat of a disappointment. The magnetic 6-track sound was on still another 35mm film strip, so 4 separate strips are actually required to comprise the presentation . The sound was fine - clear and sharp - with lots of separation in the six channels, but it was not as boomy as the sound we hear in today's pics. For anyone interested in what it might have been like to see a state-of-the-art presentation in the early 1960's, this presents a magnificent opportunity, and the film is a trip. --- DFR
A whole constellation of magnificent spectacle! (by Nazi_Fighter_David)
Ford's most distinctive work has dealt with the white American's conquest of the wilderness... He has made films about most of the significant episodes in American historyearly colonization of the West, the Civil War, the extermination of the Indiansand in so doing he has recounted the American saga in human terms and made it come alive...Ford directed one of the episodes of "How the West Was Won," the Civil War... His brief but redeeming contribution effectively recounted the bloody Battle of Shiloh and its aftermath...Hathaway's strong points were atmosphere, <more>
character and authentic locations... He directed, in the film, the episodes of 'The Rivers,' 'The Plains,' and 'The Outlaws.' George Marshalthe most prolific and most versatile of all major Hollywood filmmakersdirected the episode of 'The Railroad.'As seen through the eyes of four generations of a pioneer family of New England farmers as they made their way west in the l840s, the scope of "How the West Was Won" is enormous, with essays on the physiology of the West pioneers, settlers, Indians, outlaws, and adventurers .The film describes the hard life and times of the Prescott's family across the continent and their fortune to the western shore after years of hardship, loss, love, war, danger and romance...Stewart appears in the first half hour as a trapper named Linus Rawlings, who marries the daughter Carroll Baker of a family migrating West The story touched all the bases: runaway wagon trains; Indians stampeding Buffalos; confused and erratic river rapids; the grandeur of Monument Valley, Utah; the rocky mountains; the Black Hills of South Dakota; the clamor of gold in St.Louis; the Cheyenne attack; the Pony Express; the overland telegraph; the coming of the steel roadway of the iron horse; the bloody battle between cattlemen and homesteaders; and some thrilling hand-to-hand fighting The result is a stupendous epic Western with 8 Academy Award Nominations including Best Picture and three Academy Awards including Best Original Story and Screenplay; Best Soundand Best Film Editing...Narrated by Spencer Tracy, "How the West Was Won" enlists the services of such top stars as: Carroll Baker, the strong-minded woman; Gregory Peck, the luckiest gambler; Debbie Reynolds, the perplexing talented singer and dancer; Henry Fonda, the buffalo hunter with gray flowing hair and mustaches; George Peppard, the man with a star; Robert Preston, the decent character with moral flaws; Thelma Ritter, the character woman; Karl Malden, the patriarch; Agnes Moorehead, the unfortunate wife and mother; John Wayne, the major architect of modern warfare; Richard Widmark, the 'king' of the railroad; Russ Tamblyn the Confederate deserter; Andy Levine, the Corporal Ohio volunteer; Lee J. Cobb, the lawman; Carolyn Jones, the worried wife; Eli Wallach, the dangerous outlaw; Rodolfo Acosta, the train robber; Raymond Massey, the great Abraham Lincoln; Walter Brennan and Lee Van Cleef, the thieves to fear Alfred Newman and Ken Darby's majestic music takes the pioneers through every conceivable encounter in the West, achieving with conviction a whole constellation of magnificent spectacle...
Bound for the promised land, indeed. (by Spikeopath)
One of the last great epic movies to come out of MGM that was a roaring success, How the West Was Won still has enough quality about it to warrant high praise. The story that drives the film on was suggested by the series of the same name that featured in "Life" magazine 1959. Narrative is formed around one family, the Prescott's, who set out on a journey West in 1839. They and their offspring fill out five segments of film that are directed by three different men, "The Rivers", "The Plains" & "The Outlaws" is under the guidance of Henry <more>
Hathaway, and "The Civil War" by John Ford and "The Railroad" by George Marshall. Filmed in the unique Cinerama format, which in a nutshell is three cameras filming at once to project a fully formed experience for the human eye, the production has an all star cast and four supreme cinematographers aiding the story. To name all the cast would take forever, but in the main all of the major parts were filled by stars who had already headlined a movie previously. The cinematographers are naturally key since such a sprawling story inevitably has sprawling vistas, they come up trumps with some truly special work: William H. Daniels, Milton Krasner, Charles Lang Jr. & Joseph LaShelle, four great names who help to make the film a poetic beauty.As a whole it's undeniably far from flawless, complaints such as it running out of steam towards the end the irony of it since a steam train features prominently , and the plot contrivances, are fair enough. However, when the film is good, it's real good: raft in the rapids, Cheyene attack, buffalo stampede and train robbery, each of them are good enough to be a highlight in separate movies. Even the songs are pleasant, particularly when they revolve around the effervescent Debbie Reynolds, while home format transfers are now finally up to a standard worthy of investment, time and cash wise.Hard to dislike for a Western fan, and carrying enough about it to lure in the casual viewer, How the West Was Won really is a case of they don't make them like they used to. 8/10
Awesome epic Western with giant cast , gorgeous photography and wonderful scenarios (by ma-cortes)
Turbulent and mighty story about a family saga set against the background of wars and historical deeds ; covering several decades of Westward expansion in the nineteenth century--including the Gold Rush , the Civil War, , Pony Express , Telegraph , confrontation between cattlemen and homesteaders . And of course , the building of the railroads and career between Union Pacific and Central Pacific to arrive in Promontory Point ; among other epic events . As a family of Western settlers from the 1830s to the 1880s , beginning with their voyage on The Eerie Canal and going on to encompass a Civil <more>
War battle and other happenings .The picture gets great action , expansive Western settings , shootouts , love stories , it is quite entertaining and there some some scenes still rate with the best of the West , including marvelous moments along the way . It efficiently describes an attractive panoramic view of the American Western focusing on the tribulations , trials and travels of three generations of a family . It's a big budget film with good actors , technicians, production values and pleasing results . Awesome as well as spectacular scenes such as an exciting white-water rafting sequence , a train robbery , a thundering buffalo stampede and Indian attacks . The Civil War is the shortest part and the weakest including a brief acting by John Wayne as General Sheridan and Harry Morgan as General Ulysses S Grant . Particularly supreme for its all-star cast list with some actors epitomising the spirit of the early West , at least as Hollywood saw it , including a Mountain man as James Stewart , a rogue card player , Gregory Peck , and Debbie Reynolds is notable here as a gorgeous dancer seeking fame and fortune . Not many of the players have a chance to register as a bearded Henry Fonda as a scout , Walter Brennan , Lee Van Cleef , Agnes Moorehead , Ken Curtis , Raymond Massey as Abraham Lincoln , Agnes Moorehead , Thelma Ritter , Mickey Shaughnessy , Russ Tamblyn and an interminable list ,Impressive cinematography filmed in Cinerama, and photographed in splendorous Metrocolor , though it loses much of its breathtaking visual impact on TV but otherwise holds up pretty well . All four cinematographers were Oscar-winners such as William H. Daniels , Milton R. Krasner , Milton Krasner , Charles Lang Jr and Joseph LaShelle . Rousing musical score by the classical Alfred Newman , including an immortal leitmotif . The motion picture was spectacularly directed by three veteran filmmakers , they were enlisted by producer Bernard Smith to handle the multi-part frontier stories relating exciting exploits of an ordinary family . Of the five segments, Henry Hathaway directed "The Rivers", "The Plains" and "The Outlaws", John Ford directed "The Civil War" and George Marshall did "The Railroad". Some uncredited work was done by Richard Thorpe. The picture won Oscar 63 to Film editing , Sound , Story and Screenplay . Rating : Extraordinary film , essential and indispensable watching . It's a magnificent example of the kind of old-fashioned blockbuster just don't make anymore .
After nearly 50 years the movie still works (by criticlh-1)
I have loved this movie since I saw its original theatrical release. The new 2009 DVD release finally does it justice. Digital stitching technology has made the 3-part Cinerama image almost literally seamless. In fact there is less distortion where the frames meet than there was in the original theatrical screening. And for the first time in a video release the full width of the Cinerama screen has been captured. About a third of each of the two side images was missing in previous video versions. This version is so wide that a wide-screen HDTV still requires black bars at top and bottom to <more>
fit the image on the screen.Yes, there are moments we wish we could re-write, such as the narrator's reference to "primitive" people. This is balanced, however, by an unusually fair for the time treatment of the plight of the plains Indians. The movie holds up remarkably well, thanks to a well- written script and strong performances by a large A-list cast. With the exception of a scene in which Debbie Reynolds breaks into a song-and- dance number in a wagon-train encampment the excuse being that her character is a singer there is almost nothing that betrays the era when the film was made. Well, there is the fact that most of the cast members are long dead.As a professional historian, I have to say that the almost complete absence of reference to specific historical events except the battle of Shiloh is part of the secret of the film's success. This is a movie that captures the myth of the American west, a myth that is still alive and powerful.This movie was made for the biggest screen ever, prior to the Imax era. The absence of true close-up shots a limitation of the Cinerama process is more noticeable on a smaller screen. It deserves to be seen on the biggest wide-screen TV you can find. And it does deserve to be seen.