Cinema: Wall-to-Wall Range War

McLintock. A John Wayne western used to be as rigidly formalized as a Japanese No drama: sheriff v. badman, farmer v. cowman and all that. This latest epic shovels up songs, slapstick, civic spirit and a drawing room comedy cut to the size of a range war. It is dedicated to the proposition that where there's a will, there's a Wayne, or even several of them. McLintock is produced by Son Michael, 29, casts Daughter Aissa, 7, in a minor role, and features Heir Apparent Patrick Wayne, 24.

But, at 56, Big John is still king. As Cattle Baron George Washington McLintock,...

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