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Chisum (1970)




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This classic western features (John Wayne) as John Chisum, the tough cattle baron who defends his Lincoln Country ranch from the gang of Lawrence Murphy (Forrest Tucker). When Murphy goes on a land-grabbing rampage, Chisum valiantly defends his territory. A bloody battle for land ensues and Chisum recruits ranch foreman James Pepper (Ben Johnson) to fend off the evil land baron. When Murphy's men kill a trusted friend, Billy The Kid (Geoffrey Duel) and friends go on a shooting spree and kill Murphy's friend, the local sheriff. Soon Pat Garrett (Glenn Corbett) is after the Kid, and Lincoln County is inundated by hails of hot lead. Wayne gives his typical performance as a rugged gunman forced to retaliate when his individual freedom and livelihood are threatened.

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John Wayne
as John Chisum
Forrest Tucker
as Lawrence Murphy
Ben Johnson
as James Pepper
Glenn Corbett
as Pat Garrett
Bruce Cabot
as Sheriff Brady
Andrew Prine
as Alex McSween
Lynda Day George
as Sue McSween
John Agar
as Patton
Ray Teal
as Justice Wilson
Ron Soble
as Bowdre
Alan Baxter
as Gov. Axtell
Abraham Sofaer
as White Buffalo
Geoffrey Deuel
as Billy the Kid
Pamela McMyler
as Sally Chisum
Chuck Roberson
as A Trail Herder
Hank Worden
as Stage Depot Clerk
Ralph Volkie
as Blacksmith
Pedro Gonzalez Gonzalez
as Mexican Rancher
John Pickard
as Aggressive Sergeant
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Critic Reviews for Chisum

All Critics (6)

One of the better efforts from Wayne's post-True Grit period.

June 18, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Like other Wayne movies, there's complete identification between reel and real life: Chisum is described as "fat wealthy, tough, trusting, stubborn, generous, and sentimental."

August 2, 2006 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

A stylish big-budget rousing range war Western that is a gimmicky mix of myth and hokum.

May 28, 2005 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Solid if unspectacular Wayne outing.

April 30, 2005 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for Chisum


The best of the John Wayne westerns directed by Andrew V. McLagden, this sprawling epic centers around the revenge sought by Billy the Kid after his mentor is murder by the corrupt, land-grabbing bad guys. These scenes looked familiar since I last watched 1988's Young Guns.

Dean McKenna
Dean McKenna

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A pretty bog standard outing for the duke. It ticks all the relevant horse opera boxes, but lacks the inspiration of his collaborations with John Ford.

xGary Xx
xGary Xx

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