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133 minutes

Historical Drama, Western
John Ford's 1924 epic about the building of the Union Pacific railroad was granted classic status almost on first release. Actually, it's one of his least personal films, not nearly as Fordian as his earliest surviving feature, Straight Shooting (1917). The panoramas have Ford's depth, but the drama doesn't. Well worth seeing; just don't expect too much.

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