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Red River

  • Drama
  • 1948
  • Howard Hawks
  • 127 mins
  • U

Summary

Conflict grows between a tough Texan rancher and his Civil War veteran foster son during a 1,000 mile cattle drive to Missouri. The older man's uncompromising methods and unyielding outlook lead his workers to mutiny - and the son ends up siding with the rebellious ranch hands against his father. Howard Hawks' Western, starring John Wayne, Montgomery Clift, Walter Brennan, Joanne Dru and Coleen Gray.

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Review

Rating: 5 out of 5.

This western is quite simply one of the finest achievements of American cinema. Adapting Borden Chase's novel, producer/director Howard Hawks has created a rich masterpiece that repays frequent viewings. Set after the Civil War, it follows the journey of a massive cattle drive from Texas to Missouri. John Wayne gives arguably his finest performance as uncompromising cattle boss Tom Dunson, and he is matched by a young Montgomery Clift in a star-making role as Matthew Garth, Dunson's fast-on-the-draw ward. This is Hollywood film-making at its highest level, with music by Dimitri Tiomkin and photography by Russell Harlan that enhances and embellishes the text. It's not to be missed.

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Credits

Cast

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Thomas DunsonJohn Wayne
Matthew GarthMontgomery Clift
Tess MillayJoanne Dru
Groot NadineWalter Brennan
FenColeen Gray
Cherry ValanceJohn Ireland
Buster McGeeNoah Beery Jr
QuoChief Yowlachie
Mr MelvilleHarry Carey
Dan LatimerHarry Carey Jr
Teeler YacyPaul Fix
Matt as a boy Mickey Kuhn
Dance-hall girl Shelley Winters

Crew

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DirectorHoward Hawks

Details

Language
English
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Black and white
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