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Original Theatrical Date:

  • Best Original Screenplay
  • Best Editing
  • Best Sound
  • This sweeping historical epic of the United States' westward expansion across the North American continent unfolds over 50 years through the lives of four generations of pioneers - using the American West as its canvas - and stars many of Hollywood's greatest, including John Wayne, Henry Fonda, Gregory Peck, James Stewart, Debbie Reynolds, Eli Wallach, Lee J. Cobb, Carolyn Jones and Richard Widmark.

    From 1839 to 1889, How the West Was Won follows a courageous New England farm family as they travel to the fertile Ohio Valley set against the Louisiana Purchase, the Civil War, buffalo hunters, the Pony Express and the first transcontinental railroad.

    Nominated for eight Academy Awards, including "Best Picture," How the West Was Won captured three Oscars.

    James Stewart Linus Rawlings
    Henry Fonda Jethro Stuart
    Gregory Peck Cleve Van Valen
    Debbie Reynolds Lilith Prescott
    Richard Widmark Mike King