The Searchers

The Searchers

DVD - 1997
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An ex-Condederate soldier seeks his niece, captured by Comanches who massacred his family.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, c1997.
ISBN: 9780790733067
0790733064
Characteristics: 1 videodisc :,sd., col.

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joshuamlake
Oct 01, 2020

AFI 100

✅ If not the best Western ever made, it's one of the top five, right up there with "Shane," "High Noon," "The Magnificent Seven," and "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance." What's more, Wayne's performance is not only his best, but also possibly the best, by anybody, in any movie anywhere at any time. A must-see, if you want to understand American popular culture.
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If you see it as the Indians are the bad guys and the settlers are the good guys, you're missing the point. If you think that John Wayne's character is supposed to be the good guy, and the story is that the good guys go out fighting Indians to get the abducted girl played by Natalie Wood back, they succeed, and the story's over, you're missing the point. And in particular, if you expect John Wayne's character to be an admirable hero you're supposed to look up to, you will be disappointed.
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I recommend the short film on the Blu-Ray with noted film directors Martin Scorsese and John Milius talking about the movie. And if you can watch the movie twice, once with the commentary by another noted director, Peter Bogdanovich, that would be really good. Bogdanovich knew John Wayne and director John Ford personally, and listening to him, is like seeing it in a film class with a really good professor sitting next to you. Who knows, you might learn something.
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Speaking of learning something, I'll explain one joke for the young. When John Wayne kids his son Patrick (as Lt. Greenhill) by asking him if his head is cold, he's referring to the old custom, now much neglected, that men took their hats off indoors. But really the joke's on the Duke, because a soldier in uniform keeps his hat on indoors and out, if he's carrying arms. Greenhill is carrying a sword, so he would be correct in leaving his hat on.

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Get_A_Life_Girl
May 25, 2019

Hello, darlings! - The superb location shooting in Monument Valley is one good reason to watch this vintage Western from 1956.

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swtpete
Dec 25, 2018

Quite a disappointment, given the incredible John Ford director and actor John Wayne who was ok, just fine, in the acting but the lines and situations in this film are skippable I'd say. SEE EL DORADO AND RIO GRANDE INSTEAD, PRONTO!! Too many doofus characters, stupid fight scenes, too many scenes painting the Indians in a terrible light and the whites for their atrocious ways in a "just that's the way it is" kind of oh well manner and attitude. The romantic couple scenes were fun. Movie would be bearable at 90mins but is 2hrs. Barely three of five stars, quite nearly 2.5of5!

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Reading_Right
Aug 04, 2018

Maybe I should have given it 3 stars, but as a John Wayne fan (plus John Ford, and all the other big actors in this film), this is one of my least favorites. It's not John Wayne's character, whom I actually like. It's mostly the dialog, and that the situations are overdone & corny, to emphasize a point that could have been done better. Also, there's a bit of the "invincible bad guy" Follywood syndrome #365 in the film, though that's eventually resolved anticlimactically, to boot.

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wodebaobei38
Jul 26, 2017

Disjointed is the word that best describes this movie. Disappointed is how i feel and that is saying something considering the director.

Marinetti May 08, 2017

If John Ford is the greatest Western director, The Searchers is arguably his greatest film, at once a grand outdoor spectacle like such Ford classics as She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949) and Rio Grande (1950) and a film about one man's troubling moral codes, a big-screen adventure of the 1950s that anticipated the complex themes and characters that would dominate the 1970s.

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VonHafenstaaad
May 05, 2017

Some fine vignettes of frontier life in the early southwest and a realistic presentation of the difficulties faced by the settlers in carving out a homestead in dangerous Indian country.

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RoyalJellyIII
May 05, 2017

"The Searchers" was just named one of the 100 All-Time Greatest movies in the July 5/12, 2013 Entertainment Weekly magazine. And well deserved that honor is! I'd seen this movie many times but watched it again and enjoyed it just as much this time around.

John Wayne is spectacular in some say his greatest role (I love this movie but consider Rooster Cogburn his greatest role but that's just me). Magical cinematography (I especially liked the scenes in Monument Valley), wonderful co-stars including Jeffrey Hunter, Natalie Wood, Vera Miles and Ward Bond.

This movie came out in 1956 and is still a masterpiece after 57 years.

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Madreley
Feb 17, 2016

This is a really good western by John Ford, lots of drama, beautiful scenery, and a good story line. John Wayne's character is likeable at times, but other times not.

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