Manly Movie Moment: Gunfight Scene from Shane

January 30, 2014

If you’re a fan of Westerns, you’ll know that Shane has a place as one of the greatest Western films of all time. The movie centers on homesteaders in Wyoming who are battling a ruthless cattle baron, Rufus Ryker, who wants to force them off their land. Eventually, Ryker hires a sadistic gunslinger, Jack Wilson (played by Jack Palance, the ultimate bad guy) to intimidate and kill the homesteaders bold enough to fight back.

Enter Shane. Shane is a former gunslinger and drifter who ends up working for the Staretts, one of the families in the valley. While he wants to mind his own business, he is eventually forced to confront Jack Wilson in order to prevent more innocent lives from being lost. The confrontation culminates in one of the manliest scenes in cinematic history.

Why it’s manly: Shane is humble and restrained. He doesn’t want to fight, but he’ll do what’s necessary to protect the innocent homesteaders in the valley, including the family he works for and has grown to care about.

Great lines: “Joey, there’s no living with, with a killing. There’s no going back from it. Right or wrong, it’s a brand, a brand that sticks. There’s no going 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.”


Sam Guzman


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  1. Sean Devanney says

    If you haven’t seen it, it is well worth a watch. Very manly movie I think it’s called ” The Quiet Man” with John Wayne. Touches on the subject of knowing when to fight. Funny and charming movie set in Ireland.

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  2. Greg Morrison says

    First visit to your blog, and my favorite films of all time are on today’s post and mentioned in the first comment! Shane and The Quiet Man. Both surely reflect the Catholic vision of justice and home life, in their own (albeit fictional) ways.

  3. Pat_h says

    I hate to admit it, but I always root for the other side in that film.

    Long local habit. Just like I’m on the other side in The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance.

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