“Shane” quotes

Movie Shane
Title Shane
Year 1953
Director George Stevens
Genre Drama, Western
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Plot – Johnny Starrett farms a plot of land in a lonely valley and must suffer the abuse of Ryker. Boasting hypothetical rights, Ryker would like to take over the whole valley and drive the other settlers away. One day, an unknown horseman arrives at the Starrett's farm. He is warmly greeted by Johnny, his wife Mary and little Joe and is asked to stay to work on the farm. The man accepts. During a fight between Ryker's men and the settlers, the newcomer Shane fights alongside Johnny and his friends, winning that round. However, Ryker does not give up: he calls Wilson to town, a shadowy gunman whose violence leads many settlers to leave. Johnny instead decides to resist and Ryker, in order to get rid of him, tries to trap him by inviting him to a meeting. However, Shane goes instead of Johnny. Shane is an outstanding shooter and during a desperate fight he kills all his enemies. Peace is back in the valley, but Shane, now in love with Mary, decides to leave to the great regret of all, especially little Joe's, in order to avoid endangering Johnny and Mary's marriage.
All actors – Alan Ladd, Jean Arthur, Van Heflin, Brandon De Wilde, Jack Palance, Ben Johnson, Edgar Buchanan, Emile Meyer, Elisha Cook Jr., Douglas Spencer, John Dierkes, Ellen Corby, Paul McVey, John Miller, Edith Evanson, Leonard Strong, Ray Spiker, Janice Carroll, Martin Mason, Helen Brown, Nancy Kulp, Ewing Miles Brown, Bill Cartledge, William Dyer Jr., Chester W. Hannan, Alana Ladd, David Ladd, George J. Lewis, Clayton Moore, Howard Negley, Charles Quirk, Steve Raines, William Simonds, Kathy Stainbrook, Jack Sterling, George Stevens, Jo Ann Thompson, Beverly Washburn, Henry Wills, David Wyatt
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  • “A gun is a tool, Marian; no better or no worse than any other tool: an axe, a shovel or anything. A gun is as good or as bad as the man using it. Remember that.”
    Alan Ladd - Shane
  • “That's one thing a married man has got to get used to, is waitin' for women.”
    Van Heflin - Joe Starrett
    [Tag:marriage, men]
  • “- Joe Starrett: I wouldn't ask you where you're bound.
    - Shane: One place or another. Someplace I've never been.”

    Van Heflin - Joe Starrett
    Alan Ladd - Shane
    [Tag:country, place]
  • “- Marian Starrett: You're both out of your senses. This isn't worth a life, anybody's life. What are you fighting for? This shack, this little piece of ground, and nothing but work, work, work? I'm sick of it. I'm sick of trouble. Joe, let's move. Let's go on. Please!
    - Joe Starrett: Marian, don't say that. That ain't the truth. You love this...” (continue)
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    Jean Arthur - Marian Starrett
    Van Heflin - Joe Starrett
    [Tag:changing, leaving]
  • “Never's a long time, Marian.”
    Alan Ladd - Shane
  • “- Shane: Do you mind putting down that gun? Then I'll leave.
    - Joe Starrett: What difference does it make, you're leaving anyway?
    - Shane: I'd like it to be my idea.”

    Van Heflin - Joe Starrett
    Alan Ladd - Shane
    [Tag:obedience, threat]
  • “You talk about rights. You think you've got the right to say that nobody else has got any. Well, that ain't the way the government looks at it.”

    Van Heflin - Joe Starrett
    [Tag:human rights]
  • “A man has to be what he is, Joey. Can't break the mould. I tried it and it didn't work for me.”
    Alan Ladd - Shane