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Best of the West
Call "Northwest Passage a western. Call it a historical pastiche of life prior to the American Revolution. Author Kenneth Rogers wrote a monumental novel with remarkable attention to detail. When the movie project was green lighted, this was supposed to be the first of possibly several movies. Of course, a very real World War II and concerns over box office, derailed further movies . Gratefully, we have this one remarkable movie left to us.Spencer Tracy, Robert Young and Walter Brennan made a disparate trio of heroes. Major Rogers, a commander who was determined to open up the untapped resources for people to move their families to. The plot is well-developed from a small portion of the book taken from a time around the French and Indian War. It was quite well-developed, even though there was a great deal of latitude with the truth. Roger's Rangers, a true military force, was not quite the hail fellow/ well-met soldiers. But once again, the plot is fictionalized to make the events from the past more gripping.Stylistically, the movie was a true melodrama well-acted for the era. It plays to the sense of adventure, the questions of how life was really lived in the 1700's and frankly, the horror of what could happen to people on the frontier. Spencer Tracy, Robert Young and Walter Brennan, along with a remarkable supporting cast did everything to make their characters real.Photography was spectacular and the river crossing scene one of the best of any time period.Personally, I loved this movie when I first saw it as a child and today, it remains my number one film of all time.Enjoy it as often as you can.
Northwest Passage (Book 1--Rogers Rangers)
This is a great movie based on an historical novel of an exciting true life event of the French and Indian War. The cast- Spencer Tracy, Robert Young, Walter Brennan, etc. is first rate and the color is first rate. This is a classic Tracy film that WAS released on VHS and I think it,s a shame that it's not available on DVD. I hope you can see your way clear to release it on DVD soon.
Grand adventure on a grand scale. First class direction and world class art direction. Excellent music and cinematography. Violent and humorous, based on historical fact. Best movie ever made with men in ponytails.
- Norm Woodward
Outstanding cast in this one. Tracy,Robert Young, Walter Brennan. Backupcast not shabby either. I can't get enough of the book one movie. I read book two and now I know why it wasn't made into a movie. Totally 180 degrees from what the movie led you to believe was a"lived happily ever after" ending.