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Chisum Details


John Wayne toplines this biography of the cattle owner John Simpson Chisum, a controversial figure who was the most powerful man in New Mexico during the Wild West era. A founder and prominent citizen in the town of Lincoln, Chisum is slow to act when ruthless land baron Lawrence Murphy (Forrest Tucker) moves in on several local businesses and takes them over. By the time Chisum and his ally, fellow rancher Henry Tunstall (Patrick Knowles), decide to go to the law, Murphy's already bought and paid for influence there, as well. The only recourse left to the cattlemen is to take Murphy on in all-out range war that embroils everyone in the county, including Tunstall's hand Billy the Kid Bonney (Geoffrey Deuel) and his comrade Pat Garrett (Glenn Corbett). Screenwriter and producer Andrew J. Fenady based the script for Chisum (1970) on his own short story, a very loosely fact-based account of Chisum, Billy the Kid and their involvement in the Lincoln County wars. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

  • Release date:November 23, 1970


John Wayne
as John Chisum
Forrest Tucker
as Lawrence Murphy
Christopher George
as Dan Nodeen
Ben Johnson
as James Pepper
Glenn Corbett
as Pat Garrett
Andrew Prine
as Alex McSween
Bruce Cabot
as Sheriff Brady
Geoffrey Deuel
as Billy "The Kid" Bonney
Pamela McMyler
as Sallie Chisum
Patric Knowles
as Henry Tunstall
Richard Jaeckel
as Jess Evans
Lynda Day
as Sue McSween
John Agar
as Patton
Lloyd Battista
as Neemo
Robert Donner
as Morton
Ray Teal
as Justice Wilson
Edward Faulkner
as Dolan
Ron Soble
as Bowdre
John Mitchum
as Baker
Alan Baxter
as Gov. Axtell
Alberto Morin
as Delgado
Pedro Armendariz, Jr.
as Ben
Christopher Mitchum
as O'Folliard
Abraham Sofaer
as White Buffalo
Gregg Palmer
as Riker
Glenn Langan
as Dudley
Hank Worden
as Stage Depot Clerk
Jim Burk
Eddy Donno
Chuck Roberson
as A Trail Herder
Ralph Volkie
as Blacksmith
Chuck Roberson
as A Trail Herder
Glenn Langan
as Dudley
Hank Worden
as Stage Depot Clerk


Andrew V. McLaglen
Michael Wayne
William H. Clothier
Norman Gimbel
Dominic Frontiere
Composer (Music Score)
Luster Bayless
Costume Designer