Shane

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A gun is only as bad or as good as the man using it. Remember that.

Shane is a 1953 film directed by George Stevens about Shane, a Southerner and gunfighter with a secret past, who seeks to escape his past by getting a job as a ranch hand to a family of homesteaders. When a cattle rancher seeks to get rid of the homesteaders, Shane must return to his roots.

Shane[edit]

  • There's no living with a killing. There's no goin' back from one. Right or wrong, it's a brand... a brand sticks. There's no goin' back. Now you run on home to your mother and tell her... tell her everything's alright. And there aren't any more guns in the valley.

Joey[edit]

  • Pa's got things for you to do. And Mother wants you. I know she does!

Dialogue[edit]

Joey: Somebody's comin', Pa!
Joe Starrett Sr.: Well, let him come.

Shane: You were watchin' me down it for quite a spell, weren't you?
Joey: Yes I was.
Shane: You know, I... I like a man who watches things go on around. It means he'll make his mark someday.

Marian Starett: I feel the country would be much better if every last gun disappeared.
Shane: A gun is a tool Marian, no better or worse than any other tool, a shovel, an axe, or anything. A gun is only as bad or as good as the man using it. Remember that.

Shane has been jumped by several of Riker's men in the saloon
Joey: Pa! Shane's being beat up!
Joe Starett Sr.: I need to help him.
Marian Starett: We have to get out of here.
Joey: But Shane is in there!
Joe Sr. grabs ax handle and proceeds towards the saloon in order to come to Shane's aid
Joe Starett Sr.: What Riker has got coming to him ain't fit for a lady to see.

July 4th. The Starett family has just returned from a party celebrating Independence Day. They are met on their homestead by Riker, who has not approached them for gunplay, but for reasoning. Riker proposed to buy Starett's small amount of land and allow his few cows to mingle freely with Riker's large herd. Starett declines that offer, saying he has been "in the right" all along
Riker: You in the right? Look here Starett, when I emigrated to the United States, you were not much older than your son is now. And we had it rough, me and a bunch of other men who are mostly dead now. We started with nothing and developed this land through blood, sweat and empty bellies. On top of that, we had to deal with attacks from Indians and bandits. I got a bad shoulder yet from a Cheyenne arrowhead. They do not bother you much because we took care of them. And then along come you and these homesteaders who are squatting on my land, diverting water from my steers. You people never had to rawhide it through the old days and you say I am wrong? I take you for a fair man Starett.
Joe Starett Sr.: I ain't belitting what you and the others did. At the same time, you men were not the founders of this part of the country. There were trappers and Indian merchants here long before you arrived and they did much more to tame this land than you did.
Riker: They were not ranchers.
Joe Starett Sr.: You talk a lot about rights. But you act as if everybody else have none. Well, that ain't the way the government sees it.

Shane: Your days have come to an end.
Riker: My days?! What about yours, gunfighter?
Shane: The difference is I know it.
Riker: So what do you propose we do about it? Hand over our guns to the bartender and start harvesting potatoes?
Shane: Not just yet.

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