Carbine Williams (MOD)

Oscar-winner James Stewart stars in the title role as a jailed bootlegger who invents the famed rifle and gains his freedom, co-starring Oscar-nominee Jean Hagen and James Arness.


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Carbine Williams (MOD)
 
4.0

(based on 15 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

87%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Great story (9)
  • Engaging characters (8)
  • Emotionally engaging (5)
  • Epic cast (3)
  • Great cinematography (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • At home (13)
  • Adult viewers (5)
  • Younger viewers (4)
  • Perfect gift (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Movie buff (9), Casual viewer (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

A solid "B" movie

I've waited awhile for this film to be released. It was well worth it. No, its not one of the many "A" pictures (e.g; "Mr. Smith Goes To...Read complete review

I've waited awhile for this film to be released. It was well worth it. No, its not one of the many "A" pictures (e.g; "Mr. Smith Goes To Washington," It's A Wonderful Life," "Rear Window," etc.) that we associate with Jimmy Stewart but it is solid entertainment with an engaging story. We witness the maturing of a man under harsh conditions over time. However, he stays true to his core beliefs. Nice portrayal by Mr. Stewart. Wendell Corey does a good job depicting the conscientious but firm warden. "Carbine Williams" enlightened me and entertained me about a man who overcame hardship (self-made) but showed grit and perseverance in not only improving his situation but making a valuable contribution to his country through his invention the "M1 Carbine Rifle."

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

"CARBINE" IS HIT & MISS

Over the course of a decades-long career, Jimmy Stewart portrayed at least a half dozen historical characters: Tom Jeffords (Broken Arrow), Glenn Miller (The Glenn Miller Story), Charles Lindbergh (The...Read complete review

Over the course of a decades-long career, Jimmy Stewart portrayed at least a half dozen historical characters: Tom Jeffords (Broken Arrow), Glenn Miller (The Glenn Miller Story), Charles Lindbergh (The Spirit Of St. Louis), Wyatt Earp (Cheyenne Autumn), Monty Stratton (The Stratton Story), and Marsh Williams (Carbine Williams). While very few of Stewart's post-war films were anything less than entertaining, a few do leave a viewer with a uncomfortable feeling of discontent; and "Carbine Williams," unfortunately, is one of those films.

"Carbine Williams" tells the story (in flashback) of Marsh Williams, a stubborn, reckless young man who defies family and authority to live his life on his own terms. Abandoning the hard-scrabble life of the 1930s, Williams becomes a moon-shiner in North Carolina, and challenges the Federal agents to try to catch him -- a challenge he eventually loses when he is arrested and convicted of shooting a Federal Revenue agent. While his trial raised several questions regarding his guilt, Williams is still sentenced to 30 years hard labor in a variety of brutal North Carolina prison camps. Williams orders his friends and family to forget about him, and becomes a bitter, unrepentant convict.

Over the course of the next several years, Williams is portrayed as anti-social, unlikable, stubborn, and an outcast even among prisoners. While serving a 30 day stretch in a cramped solitary confinement cell, however, Williams envisions an innovation to the carbine rifle, and begins secretly planning the design and structure of this new weapon.

Eventually, he is able to reveal the new rifle, upon which he wins a contract with the Winchester Firearms Company, plus a retrial leading to his release, and the fairy tale ending. Which presents the uncomfortable structure of the plot -- what were the circumstances that socially changed this man's behavior from being somewhat difficult to like, to an individual we are led to believe should be venerated? There is nothing in the film to indicate WHY he has changed, except for his obsession with designing a rifle. That seems to be a mighty small seed upon which to grow a plant.

On the other hand, it's JIMMY STEWART, after all; and even his bad films are a lot better, simply because he's in them. Stewart enriches the character as only he can, and makes a mediocre film that much more watchable. Truth to tell, while this is not one of my favorite films, I do enjoy watching Stewart bring this character to life; but, regrettably, there aren't many more reasons than that. So, only a "hit and miss" film.

Viewers should be aware of several "stop motion" sequences. While brief, they remain annoying.

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5.0

great story very interesting

By Dutchman

from Ormond Beach, Fl

About Me Movie Buff

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Great Story
  • Well Done

Cons

  • Good Job

Best Uses

  • At Home
  • Family

Comments about Carbine Williams (MOD):

lost in good movie well done a clasic

 
4.0

We're glad we bought this movie..

By C. McD.-Aficionado of quality movies.

from Nashville, TN

About Me Movie Buff

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Emotionally Engaging
  • Engaging Characters

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Adult Viewers
    • At Home

    Comments about Carbine Williams (MOD):

    Very pleased with all my purchases from WB, and am well satisfied with your movies and services. I anticipate purchasing many more dvds from Warner Bros.

     
    5.0

    Great Jimmy Stewart movie

    By mhawsey

    from Forest Hill, LA

    About Me Movie Buff

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Broad Appeal
    • Engaging Characters

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Adult Viewers
      • At Home
      • Younger Viewers

      Comments about Carbine Williams (MOD):

      Great price.

       
      1.0

      This DVD gets out of sync when I view it

      By Ralph

      from Huntington Beach CA

      About Me Casual Viewer

      Pros

      • Emotionally Engaging
      • Great Story

      Cons

      • Poor Remake

      Best Uses

      • At Home

      Comments about Carbine Williams (MOD):

      I received the movie ok I had to stop and restart the DVD to sync in the vocals with the video.

       
      4.0

      Very Good

      By Red

      from Mountain View, CA

      About Me Casual Viewer

      Pros

      • Engaging Characters
      • Epic Cast
      • Great Cinematography
      • Great Story

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • At Home

        Comments about Carbine Williams (MOD):

        Home viewing. Great performance by James Stewart as he always, the story was interesting.

         
        2.0

        Sound quality poor in parts of movie

        By Steve

        from Cornwall, ON, Canada

        About Me Avid Moviegoer

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Great Story

        Cons

        • Presentation and audio

        Best Uses

        • At Home

        Comments about Carbine Williams (MOD):

        As Said this movie has not been Not Re-mastered. I found the picture had some pixelations from time to time and blurred scenes. At around 59 minutes into the film the sound level dropped to about half level and then back to normal intermittently until the end of the movie.

        Other than the presentation and audio fluctuations I did enjoy this classic. Hope it gets re-mastered someday.

         
        4.0

        Great Firearm History!

        By Dan

        from Albuquerque. NM

        About Me Casual Viewer

        Pros

        • Great Story

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • At Home
          • Perfect Gift

          Comments about Carbine Williams (MOD):

          I am a Winchester aficionado and appreciate all history about Winchester. David was a major player in Winchester designs. His life story was very interesting. Thank You.

           
          3.0

          "CARBINE" IS HIT & MISS

          By Cowboy King

          from Arden Mountains, MN

          About Me Movie Buff

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Engaging Characters

          Cons

          • Poor script direction

          Best Uses

          • Adult Viewers
          • At Home

          Comments about Carbine Williams (MOD):

          Over the course of a decades-long career, Jimmy Stewart portrayed at least a half dozen historical characters: Tom Jeffords (Broken Arrow), Glenn Miller (The Glenn Miller Story), Charles Lindbergh (The Spirit Of St. Louis), Wyatt Earp (Cheyenne Autumn), Monty Stratton (The Stratton Story), and Marsh Williams (Carbine Williams). While very few of Stewart's post-war films were anything less than entertaining, a few do leave a viewer with a uncomfortable feeling of discontent; and "Carbine Williams," unfortunately, is one of those films.

          "Carbine Williams" tells the story (in flashback) of Marsh Williams, a stubborn, reckless young man who defies family and authority to live his life on his own terms. Abandoning the hard-scrabble life of the 1930s, Williams becomes a moon-shiner in North Carolina, and challenges the Federal agents to try to catch him -- a challenge he eventually loses when he is arrested and convicted of shooting a Federal Revenue agent. While his trial raised several questions regarding his guilt, Williams is still sentenced to 30 years hard labor in a variety of brutal North Carolina prison camps. Williams orders his friends and family to forget about him, and becomes a bitter, unrepentant convict.

          Over the course of the next several years, Williams is portrayed as anti-social, unlikable, stubborn, and an outcast even among prisoners. While serving a 30 day stretch in a cramped solitary confinement cell, however, Williams envisions an innovation to the carbine rifle, and begins secretly planning the design and structure of this new weapon.

          Eventually, he is able to reveal the new rifle, upon which he wins a contract with the Winchester Firearms Company, plus a retrial leading to his release, and the fairy tale ending. Which presents the uncomfortable structure of the plot -- what were the circumstances that socially changed this man's behavior from being somewhat difficult to like, to an individual we are led to believe should be venerated? There is nothing in the film to indicate WHY he has changed, except for his obsession with designing a rifle. That seems to be a mighty small seed upon which to grow a plant.

          On the other hand, it's JIMMY STEWART, after all; and even his bad films are a lot better, simply because he's in them. Stewart enriches the character as only he can, and makes a mediocre film that much more watchable. Truth to tell, while this is not one of my favorite films, I do enjoy watching Stewart bring this character to life; but, regrettably, there aren't many more reasons than that. So, only a "hit and miss" film.

          Viewers should be aware of several "stop motion" sequences. While brief, they remain annoying.

           
          4.0

          A story of pride and perseverance

          By Bean

          from Burleson, TX

          About Me Movie Buff

          Pros

          • Engaging Characters
          • Epic Cast
          • Great Story

          Cons

          • Limited Appeal

          Best Uses

          • At Home
          • Special Needs
          • Younger Viewers

          Comments about Carbine Williams (MOD):

          I've looked for this on DVD a long time. A great story with a great message for everyone. Wish it was in color; I think more young people would watch it. What's not to like about real people like Marsh Williams! Video quality was good, but the original soundtrack was probably a bit better. Overall, I'd buy it again.

           
          4.0

          A neglected Stewart classic.

          By TR6

          from SoCal.

          About Me Casual Viewer

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Emotionally Engaging
          • Great Story

          Cons

          • A bit dated maybe

          Best Uses

          • At Home

          Comments about Carbine Williams (MOD):

          A great story.

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