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Chisum (1970)

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Cattle baron John Chisum joins forces with Billy the Kid and Pat Garrett to fight the Lincoln County land war.

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Andrew V. McLaglen
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Wayne ... John Chisum
Forrest Tucker ... Lawrence Murphy
Christopher George ... Dan Nodeen
Ben Johnson ... James Pepper
Glenn Corbett ... Pat Garrett
Andrew Prine ... Alex McSween
Bruce Cabot ... Sheriff Brady
Patric Knowles ... Henry Tunstall
Richard Jaeckel ... Jess Evans
Lynda Day George ... Sue McSween (as Lynda Day)
Geoffrey Deuel ... Billy 'The Kid' Bonney
Pamela McMyler ... Sallie Chisum
John Agar ... Amos Patton
Lloyd Battista ... Neemo
Robert Donner ... Bradley Morton
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Storyline

As one of the founders of the town of Lincoln, John Chisum is increasingly worried as Lawrence Murphy moves in on the local stores, bank and land by questionable means. Chisum and fellow honest ranch owner Henry Tunstall try and use the law, but Murphy owns that too. Confrontation threatens and Tunstall's man Billy Bonney is not slow to get involved. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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THE LEGEND - John Wayne is "Chisum" See more »

Genres:

Biography | Western

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G | See all certifications »

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Trivia

John Wayne had some cosmetic surgery in September 1969, the month before filming began. See more »

Goofs

Pepper's facial hair changes and is sometimes gone throughout the film. See more »

Quotes

John Simpson Chisum: I'm going down there, the rest of you cover me with your long guns.
[James Pepper follows Chisum]
John Simpson Chisum: I said cover me!
James Pepper: I know what you said, Mr. Chisum! But I ain't the rest of them!
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Referenced in Killer Weekend (2018) See more »

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Turn Me Around
Sung by Merle Haggard
Lyrics by Norman Gimbel
Music by Dominic Frontiere
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The Way It Should Have Been
9 February 2006 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Over the course of his career John Wayne played a few real life characters. Coming immediately to mind are Davy Crockett, William T. Sherman, Frank "Spig" Wead, Genghis Khan and some others with pseudonyms for William F. Halsey and John Grierson. Playing these people would normally impose certain restrictions on an actor who's as larger than life as John Wayne.

But it certainly didn't with playing John Simpson Chisum, New Mexico cattle baron and key player in what has become known in history as the Lincoln County War. Of course the politics involved were a bit more complex than what you would see here. And a whole lot of liberties have been taken with the facts. One of the biggest is the fact that both Chisum and his rival L.G. Murphy died in bed and quite soon after the action of this film.

But if Maxwell Anderson could take liberties and have Mary Queen of Scots and Elizabeth I of England meet, then why can't we have Chisum and Murphy meeting in a final confrontation? After all it's a John Wayne movie and John Wayne movies can only go in a certain way.

The Duke plays Chisum as the Duke, no more, no less. He and other ranchers are being squeezed by a greedy rapacious businessman in L.G. Murphy as played by Forrest Tucker. Others in the cast worthy of note are Patric Knowles as Henry Tunstall, Glenn Corbett as Pat Garrett, Geoffrey Deuel as Billy the Kid, and Christopher George as Dirty Dan Nodeen.

Chisum has in its cast a whole host of familiar Hollywood faces from the past like Bruce Cabot, Ben Johnson, Hank Worden, Edward Faulkner, all Wayne film regulars. It also has the presence of both Glenn Langan and John Agar.

One of the really great things about John Wayne was the way he took care of people, not as charity cases, but giving them parts in his films when they were down. John Agar and Glenn Langan have small roles in Chisum and both were not doing too good at the time. Agar was Shirley Temple's first husband and made a screen debut in Fort Apache. Langan was a promising contract player with 20th Century Fox in the late forties and is best known for being the Amazing Colossal Man. Both were I'm sure grateful for the work and the paycheck. I remember in McLintock Wayne says to his son Patrick who's looking for a job that he doesn't give jobs, he hires men. That was something in real life he lived up to.

The Lincoln County War has been told in any number of westerns right up to the two Young Guns movies of the Eighties. Chisum is not the best or the worst retelling of the tale. But it is a good John Wayne western and that takes in a lot of territory pilgrim.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

29 July 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Chisum and the Lincoln County Cattle War See more »

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Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)
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Mono

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Color

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2.39 : 1
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