The Virginian

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  • Passed
  • 1929
  • 1 hr 31 min
  • 6.8  (833)

The Virginian is a classic Western movie from 1929, starring Gary Cooper in the lead role of the fearless cowboy. The film is based on the novel of the same name by Owen Wister and has been adapted for the screen several times in various forms. Directed by Victor Fleming, The Virginian is a groundbreaking movie for its time and remains a masterpiece even today.

The film takes place in Wyoming and centers around the life and adventures of the Virginian, a cowboy who works at a ranch owned by Judge Henry (Walter Huston). The Virginian is a quiet, strong-willed man who is respected by all the cowboys at the ranch, but he is also haunted by a dark past that he keeps hidden from everyone. He falls in love with Molly Wood (Mary Brian), a schoolteacher from the East who comes to Wyoming to teach the local children.

Their love story forms the central plot of the movie, but there are other subplots that also make The Virginian a fascinating watch. For example, there is Steve (Richard Arlen), an old acquaintance of the Virginian, who comes to Wyoming to start a new life. However, he soon falls in with a group of cattle rustlers and becomes embroiled in a dangerous conspiracy that threatens to destroy the lives of everyone at the ranch. The Virginian is forced to take matters into his own hands and confront the rustlers in a thrilling climax.

The Virginian is not just a typical Western movie with lots of gunfights and horse chases. It is a character-driven drama that explores themes of loyalty, honor, and morality. Gary Cooper's portrayal of the Virginian is exceptional, and he brings a quiet intensity to the character that makes him both likable and enigmatic. Walter Huston is equally impressive as the wise and kindly Judge Henry, who serves as a father figure to the Virginian and the other cowboys. Mary Brian's role as Molly Wood is relatively small, but she brings a gentle sweetness to the character that makes her a perfect match for the Virginian.

The cinematography in The Virginian is stunning, especially considering that it was made in 1929. The sweeping landscapes of Wyoming are captured beautifully, and the camera work during the action scenes is both exciting and innovative. The score for the movie, composed by Karl Hajos, is also worthy of mention, as it perfectly captures the mood and spirit of the Wild West.

Overall, The Virginian is a must-see movie for anyone who loves Westerns or classic cinema in general. It is a timeless tale of love, honor, and courage, with unforgettable performances by some of the greatest actors of their generation. Whether you are a fan of Gary Cooper, Walter Huston, or Mary Brian, or just a lover of good stories and beautiful movies, The Virginian is a film that you will treasure for years to come.

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    1 hr 31 min
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    6.8  (833)