History Film / TheManWhoShotLibertyValance

17th Dec '16 12:54:38 PM JulianLapostat
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* PropagandaHero: Ransom Stoddard is for better and worse, "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance", even if he was pacifist by nature and did not want to shoot Liberty Valance [[spoiler:and ultimately did not shoot Liberty Valance]], that reputation got him into political office and led him to do great deal of good for the lawless town and promote much progress. That myth is so powerful and so important to the town's reputation that the legend has indeed become fact.
8th Nov '16 5:52:11 PM Morgenthaler
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* {{Badass}}: Tom Donophan, [[Creator/JohnWayne naturally]]--as shown in the sequence where he gets Valance and his entire gang to back down from bullying Ransom.
** Ransom is a bit of a non-action version, as seen in his EstablishingCharacterMoment of standing up to Valance in the stagecoach robbery with a classic Creator/JimmyStewart TheReasonYouSuckSpeech.
3rd Sep '16 10:55:41 AM TrollBrutal
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* TragicHero: Tom Doniphon is a man perfectly adapted for survival in a lawless culture of violence, respected by all, even his enemies. He has a sense of justice that won't allow him to let the strong to victimize the weak, and his own heroism ultimately brings about his undoing and destruction. Tom could have let Liberty Valance kill Ranse Stoddard, which in turn would have let Tom keep his girl. Instead, he commits murder to save Ranse, with the certain knowledge that he would also lose his girl. By his own hand, he destroys his own hopes and dreams. That which gave his life meaning is gone. In the end he is nobody, a dissipated life, a forgotten man.
26th Aug '16 5:39:23 PM BobTanaka
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* OffhandBackhand: During the restaurant scene, Doniphon kicks one of Liberty's men in the face without taking his eyes off of Valance for a moment.
27th Jul '16 9:31:54 AM erforce
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* TheStoic: Reese, Valance's non-giggly henchman who's a man of few words--played, appropriately enough, by LeeVanCleef.
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* TheStoic: Reese, Valance's non-giggly henchman who's a man of few words--played, appropriately enough, by LeeVanCleef.
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22nd Jul '16 12:15:04 PM AllenbysEyes88
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* DeliberatelyMonochrome: There's some debate among film historians whether the movie was deliberately shot in black-and-white for stylistic reasons (i.e., to emphasize the flashback elements by invoking Ford's earlier work), or else due to a limited budget. Ford, cinematographer William Clothier and others gave conflicting answers over the years.
8th Jul '16 3:41:18 AM Morgenthaler
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* TheObiWan: Peabody, to Ransom. Although Peabody is too drunk too often, he helps Ransom start a law office and eventually grows enough of a spine denouncing Liberty Valance in print. Liberty's violent reprisal is what drives Ransom to get his gun...
20th Feb '16 9:18:14 AM Taskmaster123
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* MeanCharacterNiceActor: Lee Marvin. He was well known throughout Hollywood as a friendly and easy-going individual. He ignored Ford's directions to stay in character between takes, and was talented enough to be able to switch into character easily. Besides, staying in character wouldn't have worked with Wayne and Stewart, as he was already friends with them in real life.
20th Feb '16 9:09:59 AM Taskmaster123
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** Another one between Liberty and Tom. Liberty: "You looking for trouble, Doniphan?" Tom: "You aiming to help me ''find'' it?"
20th Feb '16 9:03:51 AM Taskmaster123
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** Another subtle sign of how far Tom had fallen since the incidents of the film takes place early in the movie. Pay close attention to Tom's coffin when Ransom opens the lid to view the body. Simply put, the coffin is just not long enough or wide enough for Tom's body to fit, ''if Tom had been the man he used to be.'' It's not a case of the undertaker simply contorting the body any way he could to make it fit, Ransom would have gone ballistic if that had been the case. The implication, which becomes more plain over the course of the film, is that decades of apathy, alcoholism, bitter regret, and brooding over what might have been had all combined to make Tom waste away to a mere shadow of the man he used to be.
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