howthewestwaswon

Today in Movie History: February 20

A very quiet President’s Day is marked by a single notable western: How The West Was Won, following a family of settlers over the course of several generations as they journey from New York to California. It’s sumptuous and grand, as you’d expect from MGM, and was rewarded both with immense box office success and a trio of Academy Awards. The soundtrack is a high point, but the strength of the cast (including Jimmy Stewart, John Wayne, Gregory Peck and Debbie Reynolds) and gorgeous cinematography make up for some of the “rah rah white people” vibe that periodically crops up. How The West Was Won opened today in 1963.

 

 

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