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John Chisum (played by John Wayne) owns the largest plot of land in Lincoln County, New Mexico but he's by no means a selfish man. On top of also owning vast herds of horses and cattle, the Pecos river runs right through the center of Chisum's property which he has allowed other ranchers in the area to irrigate so they can water their land and animals as well. Chisum believes in helping your neighbor, but some people have other ideas about what needs to be done with his land. Lawrence Murphy (Forrest Tucker) has come to Lincoln County and sees the land as having massive potential - so much room for booming business in stock and trade and manufacturing...but he can't do any of those things with Chisum owning so much land. But Chisum won't accept a buy-out so Murphy has to figure out a different way to get the stubborn rancher off his hands...
This is his land, and John Chisum isn't letting go easily.
It all started innocently enough, Murphy passed word along to some bandits to steal some of Chisum's livestock and preoccupy him while Murphy swoops in to take over his property. But that doesn't work, and what made it worse is that an innocent man got hurt. Henry Tunstall (Patric Knowles) was a kindly man who lived in the county and had taken on a former outlaw as his protege. That outlaw had once been known as Billy the Kid (Geoffrey Deuel) but Tunstall did the best he could to educate him in the ways of reading and manners so Billy the Kid simply became William Bonney. But when Tunstall found himself in the wrong place at the wrong time, he was shot dead by a couple of Murphy's cronies. And this sets William off the deep end. Abandoning everything Tunstall ever taught him, William is hell-bent on exacting revenge on Murphy and his men - but he has reverted back to his outlaw ways instead of seeking justice. So now its up to Chisum to intervene and save Lincoln County from Murphy and William Bonney, and to save William Bonney from himself!
If it were up to William, he'd let this city burn.
Loosely based on the Lincoln County land war, this is a great classic western. Per usual, John Wayne plays the infallible hero who conquers over the evil men and imparts wisdom and kindness on the lost souls of the territory. There are some awesome action scenes, sweet romance between some adorable young lovers at a town formal, and the ending shoot-out of this movie takes some shocking turns that tie this movie up with an amazing finale! John Wayne fans who love his later movies, and those who love classic westerns will also enjoy this movie. And how can you hate a movie that has it's own theme song?
Another killer John Wayne movie, and one with a great song to boot!