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The Rare Breed

6.31 h 36 min1966U
The widow of an English cattle breeder takes part in a perilous journey to deliver a Hereford bull to a ranch in Texas.
Andrew V. McLaglen
James StewartMaureen O'HaraJuliet Mills
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Ben JohnsonBrian KeithJack Elam
William Alland
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4.7 out of 5 stars

464 global ratings

  1. 84% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 8% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 4% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 3% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 2% of reviews have 1 stars
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Trevor WillsmerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 10 November 2006
2.0 out of 5 stars
Too cosy by far
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The Rare Breed is one of those lukewarm westerns from James Stewart's sixties' `loveable' phase when he abandoned the dark determination of the Anthony Mann films to go for a more Disneyfied comic approach. Indeed, the film feels more like a typical Disney family comedy of the 60s than a Western, an impression not dispelled by Jack Elam's comedy villain, Juliet Mills' and Don Galloway's juvenile leads and, most terrifying of all, Brian Keith in bushy red wig and beard with outrageous `Scottish' accent wooing Maureen O'Hara. Throw in the standard John (then still billed as Johnny) Williams Western score, and you've got an inoffensively bland but utterly unmemorable Sunday afternoon movie.

The 2.35:1 widescreen transfer is more than acceptable, but the fullframe trailer has clearly seen better days.
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Andrew WalkerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 17 June 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great family film
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Great film always watched it when it came on funny and lot of action
Michael NewtonReviewed in the United Kingdom on 13 March 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great restored film
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This is a great restored version of a classic western
Harry WinterbottomReviewed in the United Kingdom on 23 September 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
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Mrs. S. I. M. HodgeReviewed in the United Kingdom on 06 November 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Not your usual Western
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A delightfully light-hearted Western with two charming leads. If you don't normally like Westerns you might well like this one.
Peter Thomsen, DKReviewed in the United Kingdom on 14 August 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
James Stewart always a pleasure
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Here in an different kind of western about Hereford cattle. O'Hare is very good too as usual.
Rev. MikeReviewed in the United Kingdom on 30 November 2012
4.0 out of 5 stars
Very enjoyable!!
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James Stewart and Maureen O'Hara - what a combination. A good yarn but I won't spoil your fun by telling you what it's all about. But it is not a typical western.
Ph BRETONReviewed in the United Kingdom on 19 January 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars
Very , very good.
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Maureen O'hara 'n James Stewart play marvellously well. I was delighted. From an enthusiastic fan of these two exceptional actors hurra!
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