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The Rare Breed

James Stewart  Actor Maureen O'Hara  Actor Brian Keith  Actor Juliet Mills  Actor Don Galloway  Actor Jack Elam  Actor

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Contains:Suitable for Children

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The Rare Breed

UPC: 025192262722

Studio: Universal Studios

MPAA Rating: NR   Contains:[Suitable for Children]

Summary: Andrew V. McLaglen directs the Western drama The Rare Breed, based on the real-life introduction of English Hereford cattle to the American West in the 1880s. Maureen O'Hara plays Martha Price, an widowed Englishwoman who convinces rancher Alexander Bowen (Brian Keith) to use her new cattle breed. James Stewart stars as ranch hand Sam Burnett, a rambler who agrees to take the rare bull to Texas in order to breed it with the longhorns. He also accepts a bribe along the way from the lawless Taylor (Alan Caillou). The determined Martha and her daughter Hilary (Juliet Mills) demand to go along for the trip, leading to Burnett having to rescue them from several bouts of Western-style danger. Soon Bowen loses faith in the breeding idea, but Burnett has grown to believe in the bull. The bull dies after the harsh winter, but Burnett saves one of its calves. He and Martha decide to start their own cattle ranch. Meanwhile, Hilary begins a romance with Bowen's son Jamie (Don Galloway). Also starring Jack Elam as swindler Deke Simons. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, Rovi

Category: Western

Features: ccOriginal theatrical trailer

The Rare Breed

Format: DVD

Release Date: 05/06/2003

Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 Cinemascope

Audio: DD2 Dolby Digital Stereo

Runtime: 97 Minutes

Sides: 1

Number of Discs: 1

Language(s) English,French

Subtitles: French,Spanish

Region: USA & territories, Canada

Chapters: Side #1 --
1. "Bulldogging" [3:41]
2. Meet Vindicator [5:47]
3. The Conspiracy [3:22]
4. Train Ride [5:50]
5. Trouble in Dodge [8:14]
6. Long Road to Texas [4:54]
7. You're Getting Off Here [3:56]
8. Stampede! [3:30]
9. Stick 'Em Up [5:03]
10. Alexander's Fort [4:41]
11. That Woman's Takin' Over [4:17]
12. Hunting Longhorn [6:37]
13. Turned Loose [6:00]
14. Vindicator's Vanished [3:44]
15. Afternoon Tea [5:32]
16. Broken Faith [5:32]
17. Vindicator's Been Found [4:43]
18. Tied to an Idea [5:33]
19. Hereford Crossbreed [4:22]
20. He's Still Out There [1:18]

Craig Butler

A middling Western, The Rare Breed at least gets points for focusing on an unusual (for a Hollywood Western) subject -- the cross-breeding of cattle, actually a very important chapter in the creation and sustenance of the American West. This in itself, of course, is not enough to sustain an entire film, and so screenwriter Richard Hardman has created a story that has all the elements for action and suspense. It has all the elements, as I say -- but somehow the elements don't really come together in a satisfying way. You watch Breed and understand how all the parts fit together, but they feel forced. At its heart, Breed seems to want to be less about plot and more about character, especially the character of Sam Burnett. But Burnett isn't interesting enough or complex enough to carry that much weight, which causes Breed to get a little bogged down. Andrew V. McLaglen's hamhanded direction doesn't help matters, especially when he goes overboard during the climactic search for the calf scene. As Burnett, Jimmy Stewart is good, but not as good as one expects him to be; he seems a bit distanced from the character. Maureen O'Hara comes off much better, as does Brian Keith (in spite of a sometimes-bizarre accent), but the best performance is Juliet Mills', which is fresh and engaging, and which mines humor that others might have missed. ~ Craig Butler, Rovi

Cast and Crew: Larry Blake  Actor 
Gregg Palmer  Actor 
John Harris  Actor 
Buddy Van Horn  Actor 
Barbara Werle  Actor 
Ted Mapes  Actor 
James O'Hara  Actor 
Charles Lampkin  Actor 
Tex Armstrong  Actor 
Bob Gravage  Actor 
Buff Brady  Actor 
Leroy Johnson  Actor 
Andrew V. McLaglen  Director 
William Alland  Producer 
John Williams  Composer (Music Score) 
Ric Hardman  Screenwriter 
James Stewart  Actor 
Maureen O'Hara  Actor 
Brian Keith  Actor 
Juliet Mills  Actor 
Don Galloway  Actor 
Jack Elam  Actor 
Ben Johnson  Actor 
David Brian  Actor 
Harry Carey, Jr.  Actor 
Perry Lopez  Actor 
Larry Domasin  Actor 
Alan Caillou  Actor 

Country: USA