Genre Archives: Western

Bakers Hawk

September 14, 2010
Dove "Family-Approved" For Ages 12 and Over
This is a nice family film with some lessons about taking the law into your own hands and the consequences that can result. Also it is a story about taking care of animals and the patience it takes to heal them. The Utah scenery in this movie displays nice locations which include a couple of [...]

The Shootist

Not Recommended for Families
John Wayne plays a shootist named J.B. Books, and he has killed thirty men. They all deserved it according to Books. Young Gillom Rogers (Ron Howard) gets caught up in his legend when Books comes to stay at his mother's boarding house. His mother is named Bond (Lauren Bacall) and she dislikes [...]

Once Upon A Time in the West

Not Recommended for Families
Henry Fonda does something unusual in this film and that's play a bad guy, a man who murders a family of four in cold blood: a widower-father (who waits for his new bride to arrive), his daughter and two sons. Fonda plays the villain Frank fantastically and he reminds you of someone who is meaner [...]

Last Train from Gun Hill

November 9, 2004
Dove "Family-Approved" For Ages 12 and Over
Although this film deals with a marshal (Kirk Douglas) who is determined to bring in the man who raped and murdered his Indian wife, it is really a well made picture with strong performances from Kirk Douglas and Anthony Quinn. Quinn plays Craig Belden, the father of the man who murdered the [...]

Hud

December 2, 2003
Not Recommended for Families
Hud Bannon(Paul Newman) is the type of man who only thinks about himself. His selfishness has driven a wedge between his father Homer (Melvyn Douglas) and himself. Hud was in a car accident years before in which he didn't receive a scratch but his brother died. Homer has a good relationship with [...]

True Grit

May 22, 2007
Not Recommended for Families
"True Grit" is a gritty film (pun intended) about the man behind the grit, Rooster Cogburn (John Wayne), a cowboy who is friendly enough, but doesn't ever like to lose. When a teenage girl (Kim Darby) comes to him to help find her father's killer, he is reluctant at first but young Mattie Ross is [...]

Posse

May 11, 2004
Not Recommended for Families
This gritty western boasts a solid cast and the beginning and ending of the story has its action-packed and tense moments, although the picture drags a bit in the middle with its political emphasis. Kirk Douglas plays Marshall Howard Nightingale, a man who reaches a zenith of popularity when he [...]

Hondo

May 22, 2007
Dove "Family-Approved" For Ages 12 and Over
"Hondo" includes some fine performances by John "Duke" Wayne and Geraldine Page as the woman whose husband has left her, and who could be happy with Hondo if her husband is truly gone. Hondo suspects the Apaches might have gotten to him. Although a bit violent for its time, "Hondo" does not become [...]

Gunfight at the OK Corral

April 22, 2003
Dove "Family-Approved" For Ages 12 and Over
This classic western has about everything most westerns have, but it does it better than a lot of them. It begins with the meeting of Wyatt Earp, who is Marshall of Dodge City, and Doc Holliday, who enjoys his gambling, drinking, and carousing. The plot leads up to the meeting with the Clanton [...]

The Sons of Katie Elder

June 5, 2001
Dove "Family-Approved" For Ages 12 and Over
Here is another of John Wayne's classic westerns. Although this one was made in the 1940s, it contains all the elements needed. There are the good guys, the bad guys, and at least one woman to add to the story. Of course in a western you can't forget to add in the gun fights and explosions. To top [...]