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      My Darling Clementine

      Released Dec 3, 1946 1h 37m Western List
      100% Tomatometer 31 Reviews 86% Audience Score 5,000+ Ratings In the middle of a long cattle drive, Wyatt Earp (Henry Fonda) and his brothers stop off for a night in the town of Tombstone. The next morning they find their cattle stolen, and one of the brothers is dead. Earp suspects the Clanton family, owners of the O.K. Corral, but wants his revenge to be legal. He becomes sheriff of Tombstone and forges a rough peace with an alcoholic gambler, Doc Holiday (Victor Mature). Earp also takes a liking to Holiday's former girlfriend, Clementine (Cathy Downs). Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      Canny and coolly confident, My Darling Clementine is a definitive dramatization of the Wyatt Earp legend that shoots from the hip and hits its target in breezy style.

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      Scott Tobias The Dissolve Ford the mythmaker was at the height of his powers in 1946's My Darling Clementine, but it's a remarkably relaxed and assured piece of work. Rated: 4.5/5 Oct 13, 2014 Full Review Joshua Rothkopf Time Out If ever there was a gateway drug to the happy addiction of Hollywood oaters, this is it. Rated: 5/5 Jan 21, 2014 Full Review Matthew Connolly Slant Magazine The film subtly complicates viewer expectations early on, eschewing clear-cut character rivalries in favor of more complex emotional and social configurations. Rated: 4/4 Jan 21, 2014 Full Review Brian Eggert Deep Focus Review My Darling Clementines beauty settles in the emotional profundity of the action, how every bullet has meaning, and violence is paltry next to the fates of our heroes. Rated: 4/4 Mar 21, 2022 Full Review Diego Galán El Pais (Spain) My Darling Clementine continues to be a solid movie where the Western acquires a curious perspective of the ordinary. [Full Review in Spanish] Sep 4, 2019 Full Review Barbara Shulgasser Common Sense Media Slow-paced tale of Old West shootout has violence. Rated: 3/5 Mar 14, 2017 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Alec B The western as morality play. Typical to the best of Ford's work the movie has a quiet melancholy from start to finish even as the "good guys" win. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/20/24 Full Review Steve D I know the story too well to not be appalled by the liberties. Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 06/02/23 Full Review ed m Another John Ford classic. Ward Bond! Walter Brennan! Tim Holt! Rated 4 out of 5 stars 05/10/23 Full Review Mary V An excellent western from 1946. Great cast great script and just all-around fun western to watch. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/07/23 Full Review Audience Member The charm of "My Darling Clementine" derives from its sweetness; its atmosphere bustles with the kind of archetypal Western activity that is never threatening, only exciting. When characters die, as they seldom do in this predominantly atmospheric film, a quiet, transient sadness sets in but is quickly followed by a stoic and accepting resilience. The troubles of Tombstone recede back into the buoyant milieu of the town just as readily as they emerge. The film is certainly a romanticized and highly fictional take on the Earp story and feels a little bit like a faerie tale version of the West. Victor Mature strikes a memorable portrait as an outwardly tough version of Doc Holliday whose strong exterior conceals a truly convincing core of self-loathing. It is perhaps unfortunate that the robust exterior which so befits the character fails to convey a believable impression of an individual dying from consumption, but no matter. "My Darling Clementine" will leave you humming its eponymous tune over many pleasant moments while contemplating Earp's scent of bon son tonsorial desert flowers. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/14/23 Full Review Audience Member The western as morality play. Typical to the best of Ford's work the movie has a quiet melancholy from start to finish even as the "good guys" win. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/13/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis In the middle of a long cattle drive, Wyatt Earp (Henry Fonda) and his brothers stop off for a night in the town of Tombstone. The next morning they find their cattle stolen, and one of the brothers is dead. Earp suspects the Clanton family, owners of the O.K. Corral, but wants his revenge to be legal. He becomes sheriff of Tombstone and forges a rough peace with an alcoholic gambler, Doc Holiday (Victor Mature). Earp also takes a liking to Holiday's former girlfriend, Clementine (Cathy Downs).
      Director
      John Ford
      Producer
      Samuel G. Engel
      Screenwriter
      Samuel G. Engel, Sam Hellman, Stuart N. Lake, Winston Miller
      Distributor
      Key Video, 20th Century Fox
      Production Co
      20th Century Fox
      Genre
      Western
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Dec 3, 1946, Wide
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Oct 8, 2015
      Runtime
      1h 37m
      Sound Mix
      Mono
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