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John Ford


John Wayne
Natalie Wood
Jeffrey Hunter
Vera Miles
John Qualen
Ward Bond





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A civil war veteran searchers for years for his niece who was possibly captured by Indians as the inspiration for his motivation is in question.

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SteelCity99 04/21/2018 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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The stunning comeback of the strongest western Hollywood duo (Ford & Wayne) since the everlasting Stagecoach (1939), The Searchers has all of the classic and required elements in order to be a memorable legend among its genre. The wonderful thing about Golden Age dramas was that they, although melodramatically, touched family and moral topics that nowadays are forgotten. This feature-film, as a unique western, praises that as well. 97/100

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Snoogans 03/03/2014 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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The best collaboration between Wayne and Ford. A rough and dirty western made with grandeur and scope. Wayne plays a different kind of hero, one who lacks empathy in certain situations and shows deep seeded racism. There's a smooth balance between the rousing action, sincere drama, and light comedy. A thoroughly entertaining journey.

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Mark 02/20/2014 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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John Wayne and John Ford made some of the best westerns ever brought to the silver screen, and this one is easily the best, in fact, it is one of the top five best westerns ever made, period. Wayne plays the dark and brooding Ethan who spends years searching for his niece who has been kidnapped by Indians. His hatred for Indians and fear that his niece has been turned into one, keeps you wondering until the end what his decisions will be. A great supporting cast with Jeffrey Hunter, and Ward Bond add some comic relief to this classic. If you are not a Duke fan but like westerns, this is a must see, and if you are a fan, well I'm sure you have seen it many times over.

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Yojimbo 01/05/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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John Ford and John Wayne made many superb westerns together and this is lauded as the best ever made. A little generous I think, but this is still an intelligent and beautifully shot film about obsession, racism and revenge.

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  Matthew Brady
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08/22/2016 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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The Searchers is a timeless western classic that completely hooked me from the minute it starts. John Ford shows us how Western is done by it's breathtaking landscapes, haunting scenes and the best ending to a film I've ever seen.

John Wayne gives the performance of his career as Ethan and I don't think his other performances can top that, but then again, my mind might change. John Wayne is the soul of Western and I don't care what anyone says to change that. He's so iconic that even people who haven't seen his movies still know the famous cow boy image of John Wayne.

But I've heard a lot of issues from people with the character of Ethan. People thought the character was racist, unlikable or just a prick. Well his mother was killed by comanches, he lost the woman he loved to...

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05/15/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Ethan Edwards (Wayne) discovers that Aaron, his wife Martha (Dorothy Jordan), and their son Ben (Robert Lyden) is dead; and Debbie and her older sister Lucy (Pippa Scott) kidnapped. He vows take revenge of the perpetrators and seek Lucy. Spectacular scenic locations and an adventurous score bring the bright techni-colored film alive. Some of the humor was light and iffy, though some were spot on. One of the flaws was the dialogue such as the letter regarding the Indians culture – “Did not have no trouble.” Somewhat redundant obviously while some of the acting silly, a bit lengthy for the simple plot and its final battle for the rescue could have been more climactic and longer instead of being abrupt. Lastly, another observation this reviewer had was that there was no proof of the abd...

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