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The Searchers

  • Drama
  • 1956
  • John Ford
  • 113 mins
  • U

Summary

An embittered American Civil War veteran sets out to find his niece, who has been abducted by a renegade Comanche tribe. His search takes him many years, and during the long quest his travelling companion starts to wonder if he intends to rescue her or kill her. John Ford's Western, starring John Wayne, Natalie Wood, Jeffrey Hunter and Vera Miles.

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Review

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Like Monument Valley, where it was filmed, this masterpiece western of revenge and reconciliation from director John Ford is massive and unmissable. It touches the heart of racist darkness and cleanses itself in the process. As John Wayne's Ethan Edwards sets out to kill both the Comanche butcher of his brother's family and the abducted niece who, in his eyes, has turned native, his five-year quest becomes a search for his own soul. Jeffrey Hunter is the conscience along for the ride, but it's the complexity of Wayne's antihero that reveals him as a rootless pioneer, forever framed in the doorways of family homesteads of which he can never become part. Ford's great allegory is of a people lost and found. Arguably, it's John Ford's finest western and he made some great ones.

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Credits

Cast

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Ethan EdwardsJohn Wayne
Martin PawleyJeffrey Hunter
Laurie JorgensenVera Miles
Sam ClaytonWard Bond
Debbie EdwardsNatalie Wood
Lars JorgensenJohn Qualen
Mrs JorgensenOlive Carey
Chief ScarHenry Brandon
Charlie McCorryKen Curtis
Brad JorgensenHarry Carey Jr
Mose HarperHank Worden
LookBeulah Archuletta
Lt GreenhillPatrick Wayne
Debbie Edwards as a girlLana Wood

Crew

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DirectorJohn Ford

Details

Theatrical distributor
Warner Bros Pictures Ltd
Language
English
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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