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  • Adaptation Displacement: Most people had no idea there was a book.
  • Award Snub: Alan Ladd and Jean Arthur weren't nominated for their performances.
  • Awesome Music: The main theme, "The Call Of The Faraway Hills". It goes a long way to ramping up the feels, especially in the ending.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Jack Wilson. He's only in a few scenes, and even in those few scenes he seldom speaks... but is nevertheless remembered as one of the creepiest villains in movie history, with the role being enough to warrant Jack Palance an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor.
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  • Funny Moments: When Joey is tucked into bed, he remembers to say goodnight to Shane, who is sleeping out in the stable:
    Joey: Night, Ma!
    Marian: Goodnight, Joey.
    Joey: Night, Pa!
    Joe: Night, son.
    Joey: NIGHT, SHANE!!
  • Memetic Mutation: What's supposed to be a final line to the film's bittersweet ending ("Shane! Come back!") has become a single most famous joke, because of the Gainax Ending from the legendarily bad game The Town With No Name that parodies it.
  • Narm:
    • Mrs. Starrett has her moments, whenever she gets upset over something.
    • Joey's acting can also get pretty cringe-worthy at times.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Jack Palance's role as Wilson is both brief enough, and unforgettable enough to qualify as this.
  • Tear Jerker:
    • "Shane...! Come Back!!!"
    • "Bye, Shane!"
  • Values Dissonance: Let's just say that a Lost Causer Confederate like Stonewall might not garner the same sympathy these days, nor would Wilson mocking General Lee, Stonewall Jackson and the Confederate side as 'trash' be seen as a sign of wickedness.
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  • What Do You Mean Its Not Political: The discussion between Shane and Mrs. Starrett about guns can result in this reaction. Shane's speech about how a gun is a tool is NRA gold—and Marian's insistence that there should be no guns at all can come across more as irrational stubbornness than anything else, especially considering the events of the movie.

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