History Film / TheManWhoShotLibertyValance

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.
9th Jan '16 2:38:06 AM The_Glorious_SOB
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* TheSoCalledCoward: Its not that Ransom isn't brave, he just doesn't think a steak is worth dying for.

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* TheSoCalledCoward: Its It's not that Ransom isn't brave, he brave. He just doesn't think a steak is worth dying for.
9th Jan '16 2:25:11 AM The_Glorious_SOB
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* FlowerMotif:The cactus blossom that Hallie places [[spoiler: on Tom's coffin.]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saguaro Saguaro blossom]] is the state wildflower of Arizona, hinting at which territory the film depicts.

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* FlowerMotif:The FlowerMotif: The cactus blossom that Hallie places [[spoiler: on Tom's coffin.]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saguaro Saguaro blossom]] is the state wildflower of Arizona, hinting at which territory the film depicts.
9th Jan '16 2:15:15 AM The_Glorious_SOB
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We see in flashback when years earlier, Ransom arrives in Shinbone broken, bruised, and bloodied after being robbed and beaten by the notorious outlaw, Liberty Valance (Creator/LeeMarvin, dripping malice and paranoia). With the help of Hallie and her parents, he recovers his health and vows to bring Valance to justice. For Ransom, a book-learned attorney with little knowledge of the real world, "justice" means "arrest and jail." But in Shinbone, where the marshal (Andy Devine) is completely spineless and almost everyone else is afraid of Liberty, justice is a bullet. This is the lesson that Tom tries to impress upon Ransom, that in Shinbone, enforcing the Law requires a gun, not a book. Tom is one of the most respected men in Shinbone because of his prowess with a gun and because he is the only one who can, and will, stand up to Liberty and make him back down. The two become rivals for Hallie's affections, but each earns the other's grudging respect.

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We see in flashback when years earlier, Ransom arrives in Shinbone broken, bruised, and bloodied after being robbed and beaten by the notorious outlaw, Liberty Valance (Creator/LeeMarvin, dripping malice and paranoia). With the help of Hallie and her parents, he recovers his health and vows to bring Valance to justice. For Ransom, a book-learned attorney with little knowledge of the real world, "justice" means "arrest and jail." But in Shinbone, where the marshal (Andy Devine) is completely spineless and almost everyone else is afraid of Liberty, justice is a bullet. This is the lesson that Tom tries to impress upon Ransom, that in Shinbone, enforcing the Law law requires a gun, not a book. Tom is one of the most respected men in Shinbone because of his prowess with a gun and because he is the only one who can, and will, stand up to Liberty and make him back down. The two become rivals for Hallie's affections, but each earns the other's grudging respect.
8th Jan '16 3:12:37 AM RushLimborg
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* AskAStupidQuestion: Upon seeing the "Ransom Stoddard: Attorney At Law" sign, an amused Tom asks Ranse "You really aim to hang that up outside somewhere?" Ranse looks about ready to roll his eyes as he replies, "That's why I ''painted'' it!"
8th Jan '16 2:45:59 AM RushLimborg
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->''"When the legend becomes fact, print the legend."''

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->''"When ->''"This is the ''West'', sir. When the legend becomes fact, fact...print the legend."''
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