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Ratings & Reviews

  1. Duncan Gray's rating of the film The Long Gray Line

    I get skeptical when a movie announces itself as a "TRUE STORY" in all caps and then tilts towards Hollywood. So should you. But it's frictionless, carried by the energy of Tyrone Power and Ford's eye for adding lyricism to unquestioned right-leaning populism. Intended sadness: the passing of time. Unintended sadness: that Ford's rose-tinted version of plucky assimilation into the US is hardly extended to all.

  2. Joks's rating of the film The Long Gray Line

    It's a great film that merely confirms my suspicion that Ford should have directed a film adaptation of Stoner. The humour is corny, but the best moments occur when we feel the passing of time and the ghosts of generations past floating through the ether.

  3. Stian Gledje Bekkvik's rating of the film The Long Gray Line

  4. Brotherdeacon's rating of the film The Long Gray Line

    A primer on how to make a sentimental film work, but eventually the schmaltz became too much for me, including the use of music to command our tear ducts and the abundance of off-screen narration to tell a story I'd rather watch performed. The comedy (and there was lots) was terrific, though perhaps a tad dated for '55. There were probably enough choral/marching songs for a musical.

  5. José Neves's rating of the film The Long Gray Line

    I have always had and will have a lot of resistance towards the discurse disguised as "that's life" of Ford's cavalry and military films, for purely ideological reasons, mine and his, and make of myself tabula rasa is something i refuse. That said, it is obvious that his cinema here demonstrate an incredible elaboration, every frame is a marvel of composition, which elevates the film above almost all my resistance.

  6. Nuno Gonçalves's rating of the film The Long Gray Line

  7. Miguel Ferreira's rating of the film The Long Gray Line

  8. Sudarshan R.'s rating of the film The Long Gray Line

  9. Ben Bosko's rating of the film The Long Gray Line

    a light that never goes out

  10. kopello's rating of the film The Long Gray Line

    So good. Can't believe this isn't revered as much as Ford's other classics. Can't wait to see it again.

  11. Karthik's rating of the film The Long Gray Line

    O'Hara does some Chaplinesque, Power strokes cannons & sabres with melancholy; and magically, improbably bear the trauma of the first half of the 20th century on their shoulders & prove that often Brechtian distance is gut-wrenching involvement."One generation passeth away, and another generation cometh: but the earth abideth for ever. The sun also rises, and the sun goes down, and hastes to his place where he rose."

  12. Eliecer Gaspar's rating of the film The Long Gray Line

    Movement, movement, movement. Technique so subtle it disappears. The best John Ford film I have seen is not a western.

  13. H. K. ‡'s rating of the film The Long Gray Line

    The only masterpiece of sentimentality I have seen. Patriotism and romance the way they should always be: born from respect and love, not fear.