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  • Cimarron

    • Dashiell B.
    • 2/24/13

    The first Western to win the Best Picture Oscar is a exhilerating adaptation of Ferber's novel. By today's standard's, Dix's Oscar-nominated performance is major over-acting, Dunne's debut is a more subtle, Oscar-nominated performance & some ethnic characters are cheap stereotypes. Won awards for adapted screenplay & art direction, helping to bring the era of the Oklahoma land rush to life, the namesake scene itself is exciting to watch. Terribly dated & aged, but can still be enjoyed. I give it a 2.5/5.

  • Forget its a Western just watch Dunne

    • runawaybusfan
    • 2/13/13

    I've always been an Irene Dunne fan, but this movie gave me a greater respect for her amazing acting ability, seeing her play a woman through many years and so much character development. Which reminds me, the hair and make up for Dunne and Dix's aging through the years was great, a convincing addition to the plot.To be honest, I'm not really into Westerns, and sometimes have to be in the mood for dramas' heaviness, but films like this remind me why it is so worth it to watch dramas, despite less cheeriness. If you like movies about family, and a woman's rise to meet the challenge of running a business- among other things, or just want to see the manly Western pioneer exploits (including a shootout scene- a Western must) of Dix as a man with more morals and less prejudices- esp. towards Native Americans- than many old fashioned characters, and smart speeches (like the courtroom scene), then this movie is definitely worth watching.By the way, there IS frequent humor in this movie thanks to Edna May Oliver and the stuttering newspaper man.

  • Forget Western, just watch Dunne's Ability

    • runawaybusfan
    • 2/13/13

    I've always been an Irene Dunne fan, but this movie gave me a greater respect for her amazing acting ability, seeing her play a woman through many years and so much character development. Which reminds me, the hair and make up for Dunne and Dix's aging through the years was great, a convincing addition to the plot.To be honest, I'm not really into Westerns, and sometimes have to be in the mood for dramas' heaviness, but films like this remind me why it is so worth it to watch dramas, despite less cheeriness. If you like movies about family, and a woman's rise to meet the challenge of running a business- among other things, or just want to see the manly Western pioneer exploits (including a shootout scene- a Western must) of Dix as a man with more morals and less prejudices- esp. towards Native Americans- than many old fashioned characters, and smart speeches (like the courtroom scene), then this movie is definitely worth watching.By the way, there IS frequent humor in this movie thanks to Edna May Oliver and the stuttering newspaper man.

  • Excellent Historical Perspective

    • The Muse
    • 2/12/13

    This movie is so ripe with historical perspective that I'm buying it for that reason alone. In 1931, when the movie was made, the subject matter was only 42 years old (1889) at the OLDEST point in time.Imagine the details we could bring to a movie today with a story taking place in 1971. So many people are alive today who remember totally accurate details about life in the U.S. in 1971. Fifty years from now, that will not be the case. So it is with Cimarron. There were still so many people alive in 1931 who could still accurately remember life in the U.S. in 1889, that I feel watching this movie is almost like watching the story in real time.Much has been said in the reviews about Richard Dix's "over acting". But who knows how people spoke in 1889? To be a major presence among all the rest of the wild, lawless breed of the day, I don't believe one would be mouse-like in his demeanor.Outstanding sets. The extras (thousands of them) each seem to have a genuine life going on in the background. They are not just walking back and forth because the director said, "Action!" They are doing real things. Hammering. Sawing. Fixing their wagons. Riding through the streets way off in the background as though they REALLY had somewhere to go. EXCELLENT direction of the background scenes, and EXCELLENT acting by the background actors - something which is very rare today. Stanislavsky would be proud of this production for the extras alone.

  • White Dudes Rock

    • Erik Wagner
    • 1/6/12

    I like Westerns, so for that, it got a few points. The premise of watching the first 50 years of Oklahoma being settled by the white man is fun (for the white man). And Irene Dunne is fun to watch; so young before she really figured out her style. The opening section of the land race is cool, but I like it better when Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman are doing it. But you can't help but watch Richard Dix. It's like they plucked him and his over-the-top style of acting right out of the silent era and dropped it into a talky, eye-liner and all. He's pretty bad. And the film is one-sided and racist. The ending moral of the story?? It's honorable to treat everyone you love like shit if you're off killing natives for your state

  • Not really a Western for the whole movie

    • MovieMadness
    • 3/9/11

    The movie starts out as a Western, with the rush to file claims for land, and setting up a town around that. As the movie goes along the town grows into a city, and the lawless and gun shooting eventually stops.The movie does peter out at the end once the big city arrives, but the movie should be watched for the opening sequencing for the land rush alone.

  • Cimarron (1931)

    • James Higgins
    • 1/13/10

    A fine Oscar winning western, very well produced and the cast is quite good, especially Irene Dunne and Edna May Oliver. Good story, effective cinematography and art direction. It's a tad long, but there is a lot of great scenes along the way.

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