Swede”s saloon

by on 12.06.2018

45 in the 2007 edition of AFI’s 100 Years100 Movies list, and No. 3 on AFI’s 10 Top 10 in the ‘Western’ category. Wyoming Territory, some time after swede’s saloon Civil War.

At the town’s general store, Shane and other homesteaders are loading up supplies. Ryker’s men, throws a shot of whiskey on Shane’s shirt. Joey is drawn to Shane, and to his gun. Shane shows him how to wear a holster and demonstrates his shooting skills, but Marian interrupts the lesson. Guns, she says, are not going to be a part of her son’s life. Shane counters that a gun is a tool, no better nor worse than an axe or a shovel, and as good or bad as the man using it.

Marian retorts that the valley would be better off without any guns—including Shane’s. When the inexperienced farmer goes for his gun, Wilson shoots him dead. Ryker invites Starrett to a meeting at the saloon to negotiate a settlement—and then orders Wilson to kill him when he arrives. Calloway, unable to tolerate Ryker’s treachery any longer, warns Shane of the double-cross. Starrett says no matter, he will shoot it out with Wilson, and asks Shane to look after Marian and Joey if he dies. Shane, aware that Starrett is no match for Wilson in a gunfight, says he must go instead.