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Cimarron

(DVD - 2006 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Cimarron


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"A nation rising to greatness through the work of men and women, new country opening, raw land blossoming, crude towns growing into cities, territories becoming rich states. In 1889, President Harrison opened the vast Indian Oklahoma lands for white settlement--2,000,000 acres free for the taking, poor and rich pouring in, swarming the border, waiting for the starting gun, at noon, April 22nd..." --prologue from title screens. Cimarron is a sprawling western saga, an earnest tale about empire building, and a film of its time, which viewers should keep in mind. It follows the adventures Yancey Cravat, a lawyer and newspaperman from Wichita, who joins the Oklahoma Territory land rush in 1889. Soon he and his family are citizens of Osage. Beset by wanderlust, Yancey joins the Cherokee Strip land rush in 1893, leaving wife Sabra behind to run the newspaper and raise their son, Cimarron. by 1907, Yancey is back at home as Oklahoma becomes a state. During the oil boom, he refuses to join a scheme to cheat the Indians out of their oil rich land, and then disappears again. In 1929, Sabra is elected Oklahoma's first Congresswoman, Cimarron is married to an Indian princess, and Yancey still hasn"t returned.
Statement of Responsibility: a Radio Picture ; Radio Pictures presents ; by Edna Ferber ; produced by William LeBaron ; a Wesley Ruggles production ; screen version & dialogue by Howard Estabrook
Title: Cimarron
[videorecording]
Publisher: Burbank, CA :, Turner Entertainment Co. ;, Distributed by Warner Home Video,, c2006
Edition: Special ed
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (123 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in.
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Report This Nov 18, 2013
  • lcoble rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Great, timeless movie with an epic view of history. It is the story of the building of a nation, a successful one, not "nationalistic propaganda" as the earlier comment thoughtlessly asserted. "All art is propaganda," Orwell said, "but not all propaganda is art." Today's cultural marxism is such straight, thorough-going propaganda it leaves people without the lights to discern it as such.

Report This Apr 03, 2013
  • kevfarley rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

An antique 'classic' jingoistic westword expansion historical . Jumpy and anecdotal. I fast forwarded somewhat,.. which I rarely do. This film may be interesting to students of the history of film,..or of nationalistic propaganda. Not recommended.(2.5 out of 5 stars)

Report This Jul 08, 2012
  • voisjoe1 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Edna Ferber's novel, Cimarron, was adapted into this Oscar winning film released in 1931. It tells the post Civil War story of the white man's takeover of this western strip of Oklahoma, by following the story of Yancey Cravat (Richard Dix) and his wife, Sabra Cravat (Irene Dunne). While this film won the Oscar, I feel it is way below the level of other later Oscar nominees such as Lawrence of Arabia, Bridge over the River Kwai, and Dr. Zhivago. While interesting, the characters were often cartoonish. An interesting bit of trivia is that Texas ceded this strip of land to the federal government when it sought statehood, because it was north of the line allowed for slave states.

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