McClintock Movie Review Summary

Actors: John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara

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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 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.
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The review of this Movie prepared by Wendy

John Wayne is McClintock, a wealthy cattle-rancher and owner of half the town named for him. Maureen O'Hara is his estranged wife Katharine, a haughty socialite come back to tie up loose ends. Their daughter Rebecca comes home from college while Mr. and Mrs. McClintock quarrel about many things including divorce. All the while, the modernizing of the Texas territory is going on including placement of Native Americans on designated reservations. Government officials are also doing what they do best, telling people what to do and getting in the way. All turns out well in the end in this JOhn Wayne classic.
The review of this Movie prepared by Darci

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1600 to 1899 Job/Profession/Poverty Story?    -   Yes Job:    -   farmer

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   simply wealthy Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White American Unusual characteristics:    -   Extremely cynical or arrogant


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Texas Farm/Ranch?    -   Yes Farm/Ranch:    -   ranch Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death Any profanity?    -   None    -   Some foul language

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