Winchester ’73 (1950)


“Indian smoke always means the same thing… trouble.” – Joe

Number of Times Seen – 1 (13 Sep 2018)

Brief Synopsis – A western that follows the path of a prized rifle as it moves from one unlucky hand to another.

My Take on it – This film does a very interesting thing and instead of having a person as the main character, we actually get an object fulfilling that purpose.

The idea works quite fascinatingly because even though some of the same characters keep coming back into the story, we can always see that the main focus remains solely on the rifle and not particularly on its present owner or even on the events going on around it.

It’s quite an innovative idea and manages to stay interesting throughout even with this very unconventional use of a narrative.

Jimmy Stewart fills the role of the main human character, (since there really is no actual lead here) and I really liked the ambiguous nature of his character the entire time because it is so very different from the kind of roles that he has played over his career.

Bottom Line – Fascinating idea that works quite well. The idea to follow the story of an inanimate object instead of a particular character is quite innovative and stays interesting throughout. The story does revolve around some of the same characters, but I really liked the way that the focus constantly remains on the gun itself the whole time. Stewart is great as the main character (even if there really is no actual lead) and the ambiguous nature of his character works really well even if it might seem out of character for him. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The filmmakers did not have the budget to pay James Stewart his requested fee of $200,000, so he suggested they take the then-unusual step of paying him a cut of the profits instead. This deal, the first of its kind since the advent of talkies, would soon become the norm and change the studio-agent-actor relationship, leading to the demise of the long-term contract and the studio system. Stewart is believed to have made around $600,000 from this film. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)

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