History YMMV / TheManWhoShotLibertyValance

26th Apr '15 11:27:38 PM JulianLapostat
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** Also, "When the legend becomes fact, print the legend."
* MisaimedFandom: The quote about "print the legend" is often seen by moviegoers and critics as Ford's defense of the "noble lie". However film historians note that this isn't Ford's intentions, since Ford in ''Liberty Valance'' showed the "making of the legend" and the consequences, lies and evasions that go into it and what it measn for Ransom to live that lie. As Peter Bogdanovich said, "Ford always printed the truth".
12th Oct '14 1:51:54 PM AllenbysEyes
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* VindicatedByHistory: Contemporary critics viewed it as, basically, just another John Wayne movie, though it did well at the box office. Over the years it's become recognized as one of Ford and Wayne's best movies.

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* VindicatedByHistory: Contemporary critics viewed it treated ''Liberty Valance'' as, basically, just another John Wayne movie, though it did well at the box office. Over the years it's become recognized as one of Ford and Wayne's best movies.films.
12th Oct '14 1:50:51 PM AllenbysEyes
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* TearJerker: Poor Tom.

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* TearJerker: Poor Tom.Tom.
* VindicatedByHistory: Contemporary critics viewed it as, basically, just another John Wayne movie, though it did well at the box office. Over the years it's become recognized as one of Ford and Wayne's best movies.
23rd Dec '13 10:15:08 AM Lightysnake
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* CompleteMonster: Liberty Valance is a particularly nasty piece of work, one of the few comforts the audience has when this sadistic psychopath is on screen is that we know he's going to get shot at some point during the movie.
28th May '13 5:31:00 PM Eegah
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* MemeticMutation: This film is the reason that any John Wayne impression will inevitably include the word "Pilgrim."
22nd Nov '12 10:04:33 AM Austin
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* SmugSnake: Liberty Valance knows enough of the law to figure out how to get away with murder, even though everyone in Shinbone knows he and his pack are involved.
11th Jan '12 2:25:26 PM DougSMachina
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* HoYay: Valance's sidekick Floyd seems to toady up to Liberty a little ''too'' much...
29th Aug '11 7:30:09 AM MagBas
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* ChaoticGood: Tom Doniphon. He lives and dies by the ruthless code of the West - by the gun - but does so to protect his friends in Shinbone from the likes of Valance. But he knows that civilization is coming and that there is no place for the likes of him in it.
* ChaoticEvil: Liberty Valance. He knows the law well enough that when Ransom shows up carrying law books that civilization is coming to the Wild West. Liberty doesn't take kindly to the idea ''at all''.

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* ChaoticGood: Tom Doniphon. He lives and dies by the ruthless code of the West - by the gun - but does so to protect his friends in Shinbone from the likes of Valance. But he knows that civilization is coming and that there is no place for the likes of him in it.
* ChaoticEvil: Liberty Valance. He knows the law well enough that when Ransom shows up carrying law books that civilization is coming to the Wild West. Liberty doesn't take kindly to the idea ''at all''.



* LawfulGood: Ransom Stoddard. He came West to serve as a lawyer. He tries repeatedly to use the law to stop Valance but fails because the cattle barons hold all the power and the local sheriff is justifiably terrified of Valance. The one time Ransom fails to uphold the law is when he [[spoiler:thinks he]] shoots Liberty Valance is a street duel. It propels him, with massive guilt, into a political career that could make him the next Vice President of the United States.
4th Jul '11 12:32:43 PM KamenRiderOokalf
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* SmugSnake: Liberty Valance knows enough of the law to figure out how to get away with murder, even though everyone in Shinbone knows he and his pack are involved.

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* SmugSnake: Liberty Valance knows enough of the law to figure out how to get away with murder, even though everyone in Shinbone knows he and his pack are involved.involved.
* TearJerker: Poor Tom.
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