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John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Yvonne De Carlo, Patrick Wayne, Stefanie Powers

George Washington McLintock (John Wayne) has a saddlebag full of trouble. The owner of the largest ranch in the territory, which also includes a mine and a lumber mill that he built up himself, should... read more read more... be a happy, fulfilled man, but he isn't. His wife, Katherine (Maureen O'Hara), walked out on him two years ago without a word of explanation and has been living back east and running in very fancy circles. He's getting older, a fact of which he's constantly reminded as friends around him decline in health. He's being challenged by their sons, eager to make their mark on the territory, and by the homesteaders who are pouring in with the support of the government, hoping to farm on land that's just barely adequate for cattle to graze on; he's got government officials underfoot, including an inept Indian agent (Strother Martin) and a corrupt land agent (Gordon Jones); the thick-headed, longwinded territorial governor, the honorable Cuthbert H. Humphrey (Robert Lowery), and the government back east are trying to push the Indians -- whose chiefs are some of McLintock's oldest enemies and his best and most honored friends -- by shipping them off to a reservation, where they'll be cared for like old women; and to top it all off, Katherine is coming back to secure a divorce and take custody of their 17-year-old daughter, Rebecca (Stefanie Powers), who's been at school back east and no longer likes anything to do with the West, any more than her mother does. All of that -- plus the presence of a young hired hand (Patrick Wayne) who's interested romantically in McLintock's daughter -- is the setup for a sprawling comedy Western with serious overtones, part battle-of-the-sexes and part political tract. McLintock! was made mostly to keep John Wayne's production company solvent in the wake of the losses incurred from the production of The Alamo. Wayne needed a film that could be made quickly and have mass appeal, and he got more than he bargained for in James Edward Grant's screenplay, which owed a little to both The Taming of the Shrew and The Quiet Man. Shot in the spring of 1963 and premiered in late November of that year, McLintock! proved to be one of the star's most popular and successful films of the '60s. It was a prized possession of the Wayne estate and was held unavailable for all of the '80s and beyond until they missed the copyright renewal in 1991 -- after that, it emerged in numerous substandard videocassette and DVD editions. There was an authorized VHS edition from MPI in the early '90s, and there were legitimate showings on WTBS, but until 2005 there was no decent quality DVD version. Late that year, Paramount Home Video, working under license from the Wayne estate, released a beautiful letterboxed DVD edition loaded up with extras. ~ Bruce Eder, Rovi

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  • May 3, 2011
    Heavily laced through and through with The Duke's brand of jingoistic Americana, this family production is little more than a good ol'boys tailgate party, only it's out west. "You know yer a redneck when ... " The naivete is nonetheless charming.
  • September 11, 2010
    John "The Douche" Wayne stars in a western comedy that takes place in a town full of one-dimensional, goofy characters. It's basically one "pie-fight" after another as The Douche tries to...ah who cares.

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  • June 28, 2010
    Way more of a screwball comedy than a western, but it's great for what it is. The Duke always has a great sense of humor, I really love his over-misogynistic portrayal of G.W. Him and Maureen O'Hara always have great chemistry together and truly feel like a couple. It's got a rea... read morelly interesting message about relationships and gender roles that might appear obvious, but there's multiple ways you can interpret it.
  • December 22, 2009
    A bonafied frontier classic.
  • December 16, 2007
    This is the bestest western-comedy movie of John Wayne - Maureen O'Hara I ever watch - lots of wild, raucous and hilarious. And the biggest mudhole brawl scene is the best that makes me laugh so much.
  • December 22, 2009
    Despite the Duke and O'Hara starring in McLintock, I did not enjoy the movie that much. I am nota fan of Slapstick and farce Westerns. I do enjoy subtly interwoven lighthearted moments a la John Ford, but leave me be when it comes to ten minutes of people brawling in the mud. It ... read moremight work for Keaton, Laurel, Chaplin, but I am lookimg for big spurs in a Wayne western. There is not much of a story, just the Duke flexing his muscles against the lot. A vehicle fot star. O Hara is a delight, as usual, and her sparring with Wayne reminds of milestone film The Quiet Man. The rest of the cast is mediocre, mostly typecast. Average, if not below average for those not particular about Wayne and/or O' Hara.
  • April 13, 2007
    One of the Dukes best!
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    September 25, 2012
    The comedy's a little too broad for me, but there were some good parts to it--especially the very end, which was pretty humorous. There's some good fights, too.
  • February 27, 2012
    one of John Wayne's most entertaining performances. Maureen O'Hara's, too, for that matter. the story carries a little bit of the traditional Western drama, but mostly it's a dysfunctional relationship comedy--and a very funny one at that. the Duke's spanking scene isn't even ... read morethe best one. full of screwball antics and rugged yet threatened masculinity, this is a thoroughly enjoyable movie.
  • November 20, 2010
    I loved this movie had some good laughs in it and I loved what John Wayne done to Maureen O'Hara in here and Patrick Wayne also did incredible.

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