2014 Dallas International Film Festival: Stagecoach
The Western of Westerns! Directed by John Ford, the master of the genre, this epic saga is the film that made John Wayne (as the Ringo Kid) a star and earned Thomas Mitchell (as Doc) an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. When a rag-tag cross-section of folks travel across the vast landscape of Monument Valley towards Lordsburg, New Mexico, Native American leader Cochise leaves the reservation on the warpath. The film’s high point is a thrilling race across the desert flats as the tribesmen descend upon the stagecoach and its inhabitants, with stunning feats by by legendary American stuntman Yakima Canutt.