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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful.
The James Stewart Remake Still Holds Up
By Walton P. Sellers III
This movie was made in the late 1960's as a color remake of the original Winchester '73, done in 1950 by the incomparable James Stewart. No gratuitous sex or violence here, which is an immediate plus given most of the Westerns that are made in the mid-2000's. If you are strictly an old-movie purist that does not believe that any remake of a vintage film must be bad, then don't buy this movie, because in this context, the original "Winchester '73" wins hands down in ALL categories. I am also NOT a fan of John Drew Barrymore's (the gambler in this 1967 film.) These are the two reasons I gave this film four stars.
If, like me, you are a fan of Tom Tryon, John Saxon, and you wanted to see a more complex twist on the family storyline brought out in the original "Winchester '73", then PLEASE buy this movie, because it is NOT a line-for-line remake of the original. Dan Duryea (a villain in the 1950 film), is back in a sympathetic supporting role as a McAdam uncle, and he's worth watching in any picture. Paul Fix (Micah Torrance of "The Rifleman,") is the other senior McAdam, and he never turned in a bad performance that I know of.
Also, if you liked the shooting match sequences and the scenes of the Winchester .44-40 itself in the original film, you'll love this one, because they are all done in color. That's the real reason I bought this DVD in the first place; I first saw the color sequences of the original film many years ago and never forgot them. The DVD itself is well-made and well-packaged, though a few extras ("making of" featurette, etc.) would have been nice.
Although this film lacks the luster of the 1950 Stewart vehicle, it's still a solid Western that makes good family entertainment.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
Pure Tryon-Saxon Essence!
Tom Tryon and John Saxon play opposing brothers very well. A 60s TV remake of a 50s theatrical western, produced by Universal City Studios, it also casts Dan Duryea (who appeared in the original as well), Paul Fix (The Rifleman TV series' marshal), Barbara Luna and stalwart actor John Hoyt as an Indian. It does play like a tv series rather than a film...at least to me it did. Unmistakeable 60s quality.
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Pretty good movie
By Stanley Profitt
This movie is a good T.V. remake of 1950 motion picture that starred Jimmy Stewart, it is not a great film , but it is a good entertaining movie with a simple plot like a lot of good westerns. One thing I like is how they made the changes to the story for this remake. it expaneded the Mcadams family from two brothers in the original film to a complicated somewhat disfunctional family of 5 members here. Which works into this plot very well. This movie is well worth the low price.