On the way, he is intercepted by Murphy's deputies, who falsely accuse him of cattle rustling and shoot him dead. It was filmed in 1969 in ,. Chisum is an aging rancher with an eventful past and a paternalistic nature towards his companions and community. McSween's wife is allowed to leave. With the help of his faithful sidekick, Pepper Ben Johnson , and a hot-headed young ranch hand nicknamed Billy the Kid Geoffrey Deuel , Chisum does battle with underhanded land developer Lawrence Murphy Forrest Tucker. The film was originally made for , but they sold the film to Warner Bros.
Chisum's ranch hands are warned by , a passing buffalo hunter. Garrett agrees to help Chisum and soon befriends Bonney. Chisum is alerted by McSween's wife Sue, and rides into town with his ranch hands. With law and order restored, Chisum can resume his iconic vigil over the Pecos valley. Chisum's land and cattle remain targets. Chisum and Garrett hunt down the deputies and bring them back to town for trial.
A good western will outdraw some of the other subjects. Although this movie is historically inaccurate in many details, it is loosely based on events and characters from the of 1878 in the , which involved historical figures , 1824-1884 , 1850-1908 , and 1859-1881 among others. He appoints his own county sheriff and deputies. He breaks into McSween's store looking for dynamite to rob Murphy's bank. Fenady was sort of a scholar about the Lincoln County Cattle War, which was a conflict over water and cattle—trading cattle—and John Chisum actually became a very powerful landowner.
Perhaps one of the reasons, in addition to the excitement, the gun play, and the rest, which perhaps is part of it but they can get that in other kinds of movies but one of the reasons is, perhaps, and this may be a square observation—is that the good guys come out ahead in the westerns; the bad guys lose. The sizeable cast is packed with familiar faces from earlier John Wayne films, as well as friends such as Forrest Tucker. He also brings in a lawyer, , whose principles lead him to switch sides and seek work with Chisum and Tunstall. As one of the founders of the town of Lincoln, John Chisum is increasingly worried as Lawrence Murphy moves in on the local stores, bank and land by questionable means. McSween later comes out unarmed but Nodeen shoots him in cold blood. With his paymaster dead, Nodeen flees, with Billy in pursuit.
. In the end, as this movie particularly pointed out, even in the old West, the time before New Mexico was a State, there was a time when there was no law. He tracks down Murphy and takes him on in a fist fight which ends with both men falling from a balcony. Kind-hearted, fatherly John Chisum John Wayne owns a large ranch in Lincoln County, New Mexico, in the 1870s. It is learned that famous U.
Chisum and his sidekick James Pepper stop the bandits with help from a newcomer to the area, William H. Bonney, seeking revenge for the murder of his mentor and skeptical that the men will truly face justice in town, overpowers Garrett by surprise and shoots dead both deputies. Chisum and fellow honest ranch owner Henry Tunstall try and use the law, but Murphy owns that too. It was an American story. Billy also falls for Chisum's newly arrived niece, Sallie. Murphy is buying up all the stores in town and using his monopoly to push up the prices.
But the law eventually came, and the law was important from the standpoint of not only prosecuting the guilty, but also seeing that those who were guilty had a proper trial. Seeing that Wayne was greatly moved by those words, Forrest Tucker suggested that the two collaborate to record some of the poetry, which resulted in a Grammy-nominated spoken-word album, America: Why I Love Her. Wayne, executive producer, took on the project of making Chisum because he felt the story summed up well his father's political views. A notorious killer, Billy has been given a chance to reform by Chisum's philanthropic British neighbor, rancher. The picturesque vistas of the area were captured by cinematographer.
The large cast also includes , , , , , , , , and. Murphy ends up impaled on steer horns. Army General has become governor of the territory. During filming, , brother of Robert, introduced John Wayne to his patriotic poetry. Confrontation threatens and Tunstall's man Billy Bonney is not slow to get involved.