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215 Ratings

7 Women

Directed by John Ford
United States, 1966
Drama, History


Legendary director John Ford’s final film involving seven dedicated missionary women in China circa 1935 trying to protect themselves from the advances of a Mongolian barbaric warlord and his cut-throat gang of warriors.

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7 Women Directed by John Ford
John Ford’s late career was dotted with heavily revisionist takes on the western cinematic mythology he helped to define… [His] final film, 7 Women, gave these critiques their purest expression by radically altering the director’s context: instead of shooting on location in Monument Valley, he used soundstages to stand in for China, and instead of an assortment of rugged, seriocomic men, the cast consists of missionary women afflicted with either reticence, indignant superiority, or cowardice.
April 27, 2015
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[Liberty Valance, like 7 Women] is an old man’s film of pain, renunciation, and death, of sacrifice for a higher cause. “7 Women” replaces that film’s glorious nation-building with mere survival; its very subject is life and death, and its prime subplots, of pregnancy and disease, starkly reducing the subject of the film to the biological… The ending of the film, of a shattering, angry sublimity, a single shot of slender action and enormous drama, is one of the very noblest in all cinema.
April 22, 2013
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An unusual film for Ford, it’s also clearly a very personal one about the collapse of civilization and the sacrifices needed for the survival of society. It was a resounding commercial flop because MGM and most audiences didn’t know what to make of it. It’s certainly more of a shocker than any other Ford film I’ve selected, and the less you know about it in advance, the better.
December 01, 2007
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