“Chisum” is a Western movie released in 1970, directed by Andrew V. McLaglen and starring John Wayne as John Chisum, a wealthy cattle baron who is in conflict with a corrupt sheriff and a rival rancher named Lawrence Murphy, played by Forrest Tucker. The movie is loosely based on the real-life events of the Lincoln County War, a range war that took place in New Mexico in the late 1870s. In the movie, Chisum allies himself with Billy the Kid, played by Geoffrey Deuel, to fight Murphy and his men. The film was a box-office success and is considered one of the classic Westerns of the era.
“Chisum” was primarily filmed in and around Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA. Some of the key filming locations included the Bonanza Creek Ranch, which served as Chisum’s ranch, and the Plaza in Santa Fe, which was used to recreate the town of Lincoln. Other parts of the movie were shot in various locations in New Mexico, including the Pecos National Forest and the White Sands National Monument. The rugged landscapes and scenic vistas of New Mexico provided a perfect backdrop for the movie’s action-packed scenes and epic gunfights.
The cast of “Chisum” includes several well-known actors, led by John Wayne in the titular role of John Chisum. Other notable cast members include:
Forrest Tucker as Lawrence Murphy, Chisum’s rival
Christopher George as Dan Nodeen, one of Chisum’s allies
Ben Johnson as James Pepper, another of Chisum’s allies
Glenn Corbett as Pat Garrett, the sheriff
Geoffrey Deuel as Billy the Kid, the famous outlaw who becomes an ally of Chisum
The movie also features supporting roles from familiar faces such as Bruce Cabot, Andrew Prine, Patric Knowles, and Richard Jaeckel, among others. With such a talented cast and crew, “Chisum” became a classic Western film that is still enjoyed by fans today.