|Alan Ladd, Jean Arthur, Van Heflin, Jack Palance, Brandon De Wilde, Ben Johnson|
|Western, Drama, Adventure|
These are one of the most memorable lines ever uttered in a western movie.
“Shane” is an enduring classic western that many film critics have described as being in the same league as the movie “High Noon.”
Alan Ladd stars in “Shane” as an understated, former gunslinger who is trying to live a peaceful life, but finds himself in the middle of a developing showdown.
Shane is a mysterious drifter who rides into a small homesteading community one day and accepts a job helping out the Starretts on their struggling farm. The Starrett family consists of Joe Starrett (Van Heflin), his wife Marian Starrett (Jean Arthur) and son Joey Starrett (Brandon De Wilde).
Initially, the wife, Marian, and son, Joey, are leery of the stranger. Shane doesn’t like to discuss his past (which they find suspicious) and it becomes obvious to them that Shane is handy with a gun. But as he spends more time helping them on the farm, they increasingly like him. The son, Joey, starts idolizing Shane. The wife, Marian, develops a growing attraction to him (unbeknownst to her husband).
All of this is in the background to a more dangerous and foreboding situation that is developing in the community. Major cattle rancher, Rufus Ryker (Emile Meyer), wants all of the valley land for himself. To achieve this goal, he is going to have to get rid of all of the local homesteaders in the area, including the Starrett family.
Ryker hires a ruthless, black-clad gunman named Jack Wilson (Jack Palance) to help him. It is only a matter of time before someone gets killed.
Will Shane help?
Alan Ladd stars as “Shane” in this classic western that has one of the most memorable movie quotes ever uttered “Shane. Shane. Please come back.” This is one of the few western movies to be selected for the U.S. Library of Congress National Film Registry.
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