A retired gunfighter, now a drifter, comes to the aid of a homestead family threatened by a land baron and his hired gun. Ladd is the mystery man who becomes the idol of the family's young son. Classic, flawless Western. Pulitzer prize-winning western novelist A.B. Guthrie Jr. adapted from the novel by Jack Schaefer. Long and stately; worth savoring.
One of the best Westerns GapOkie at 2011-09-06 22:40:11
With 3 of the best movies actors of the era - Alan Llad, Van Heflin & Jean Arthur, 'Shane' ranks as one of the best Westerns & a great movie any genre. The mysterious strangers comes to the valley to save the homesteaders from the evil cattle baron's hired killer. Sounds trite but the superb writing & acting, the great gunfight scene between Alan Llad & Jack Palance (what a great villain) & scenes at the homesteader's farm raises it way above the mundain.
B-T-W, Eastwoods 'Pale Rider' was a tribute the 'Shane'.
A Worn Period Piece shanahan at 2010-03-06 16:43:14
This "classic" does not actually wear very well. It has an at times almost offensively melodramatic score, the acting is uneven (Brandon De Wilde quickly becomes irritating and Jean Arthur is sometimes silly in her overacting) and the violence becomes gratuitous. The setting is spectacular, and Alan Ladd plays his part well. But the script is actually thin and predictable. Worth seeing because of its place in the cinema history of the 1950s, but not much more.