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A panoramic view of the American West, focusing on the trials, tribulations and travels of three generations of one family, set against the background of wars and historical events. Particularly notable for its impressive cast list and expansive western settings.

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Available on Running time 165 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Westerns, Family Ties, Civil War, Top Grossing Films of 1962, Director/Star Teams: Ford & Wayne
James R. Webb
John Wayne, Carroll Baker, Lee J. Cobb, Spencer Tracy, Gregory Peck, Karl Malden, Robert Preston, Eli Wallach, Henry Fonda, George Peppard, Debbie Reynolds, Carolyn Jones, Richard Widmark, James Stewart, Walter Brennan, Andy Devine, Raymond Massey, Agnes Moorehead, Harry (Henry) Morgan, Thelma Ritter, Russ Tamblyn
Milton Krasner, Charles B(ryant) Lang
John Ford, Henry Hathaway, George Marshall


Oscars 1963: Film Editing, Sound, Story & Screenplay, Natl. Film Reg. 1997.

Visitor Reviews

How the West Was Won
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I was fortunate enough to see this film in its origional Cinerama presentation in early 1964. It might have been the best film I have ever been fortunate to view. When the raft went over the falls, I felt like the water was splashing on me as well. The stampede was thundering, and the train wreck made me feel it was going to roll over me as well. On the way home we all sang "Away in the meadow" and the closing song as well as we could remember it. My father stayed home with my youngest brother, so it was just my other 2 brothers, my mother and me. We all enjoyed the film and I still do, although I do not watch it as much as I used to. I do not know how mant LP soundtrack albums I have worn out over the years. Or the many times I have recorded it and now I have the whole film on both VHS, and DVD. I might just watch it again tomarrow. At the top of my top 10 films ever.