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How the West Was Won (1962)

G
164 min | Western

A family saga covering several decades of Westward expansion in the nineteenth century - including the Gold Rush, the Civil War, and the building of the railroads.
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Directors
John Ford (segments: The Civil War) | Henry Hathaway (segments: The Rivers, The Plains, The Outlaws) | George Marshall (segments: The Railroad)
Writer
James R. Webb (suggested by the series "How the West Was Won" which appeared in LIFE magazine)
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Budget
$15,000,000
Opening weekend
$28,568
Gross (US & Canada)
$76,729
Gross (World)
$76,729
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Release date
Feb 20, 1963 (United States)

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7.1 / 10 | 17,202 votes