The Man who Shot Liberty Valance is the 1962 western starring John Wayne and Jimmy Stewart. U.S. Senator Ransom Stoddard returns to his old home of Shinbone. When he goes to pay his respects to Tom Doniphon, he is interviewed by some newspaper reporters. The story starts as Ranse, a simple lawyer, realizes that Shinbone is menaced by the cattlemen who have hired Liberty Valance to protect their interests. He clashes with Tom over which way is better to solve the problem: laws or violence. Ranse is targeted by Valance and they duel. However, Ranse seemingly kills him. But later events will show the true killer.
This is an interesting western that critically examines the genre. It turns out that Ranse didn’t kill Liberty Valance, but everyone would rather keep up the lie than tell the truth, even Tom, the man who actually shot him. Ranse, however, wants the truth to come out, but they bury the story. The rest of the film shows the debate between law and violence, although one could easily draw the conclusion that both ways get results, as it turns out. Still, it’s a classic western with deep themes. Honolulu western fans should buy this movie.
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