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CLASSIC WESTERN ABOUT A MAN ON THE TRAIL OF THE INDIANS WHO SLAUGHTERED HIS FAMILY.
A favorite film of some of the world's greatest filmmakers, including Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg, John Ford's The Searchers has earned its place in the legacy of great American films for a variety of reasons. Perhaps most notably, it's the definitive role for John Wayne as an icon of the classic Western--the hero (or antihero) who must stand alone according to the unwritten code of the West. The story takes place in Texas in 1868; Wayne plays Ethan Edwards, a Confederate veteran who visits his brother and sister-in-law at their ranch and is horrified when they are killed by marauding Comanches. Ethan's search for a surviving niece (played by young Natalie Wood) becomes an all-consuming obsession. With the help of a family friend (Jeffrey Hunter) who is himself part Cherokee, Ethan hits the trail on a five-year quest for revenge. At the peak of his masterful talent, director Ford crafts this classic tale as an embittered examination of racism and blind hatred, provoking Wayne to give one of the best performances of his career. As with many of Ford's classic Westerns, The Searchers must contend with revisionism in its stereotypical treatment of "savage" Native Americans, and the film's visual beauty (the final shot is one of the great images in all of Western culture) is compromised by some uneven performances and stilted dialogue. Still, this is undeniably one of the greatest Westerns ever made. --Jeff Shannon
Best film ever made. It had always been my favorite movie, even as a small child. My brother is even named after the main character and actor (John Ethan)
Stayed at a... Read more
Let me get an unkind thought out of the way: would Natalie Wood's teeth really be as white and regular as they are in this movie if she had been living out in the wild for years... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Stanley Crowe
This is a candidate for best movie, if not best Western. It explores racism in white settlers and Comanche warriors.Published 5 days ago by David M. Fox
A classic Western, probably the pinnacle of the John Ford, John Wayne collaborations.Published 6 days ago by Brad Duggan
PERHAPS JOHN WAYNE'S BEST PERFORMANCE. A GREAT CAST. TERRIFIC STORY WHICH CAPTURES THE SPIRIT OF THE PIONEER WEST. BEAUTIFULLY FILMED IN MONUMENT VALLEY. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Capt. Jarhead
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|flaw with blu ray?||
yep my audio is about 4 frames late i have e-mailed warners could be
there was a pressing fault
Nov 5, 2008 by D. BYRNE | See all 7 posts
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Oh yeah, there's a difference. Huge. I have the DVD and the Blu-ray. The DVD is pretty good, the Blu-ray is shocking. It's hard to believe that it was filmed nearly 60 years ago -- the picture is that good. Those shots of Monument Valley look nearly 3D. This is probably the best transfer... Read More
May 4, 2010 by Charlie | See all 5 posts
|Hank Worden (ol mose) Worden||
Loved him in Red River. "Planting and reading. Planting and reading. How come you fill a man full of lead and then read words over him like you're involving the Good Lord in the shooting?"
Sep 13, 2009 by True Crime Reader | See all 2 posts
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The ultimate edition includes these extras:
Reproduction of 1956 Dell comic book
Reproduction of original 1956 Warner Bros. press book
Reproductions of filmmaker memos and correspondence
10 postcards with behind-the-scenes photos
Movie poster offer
Jun 6, 2006 by Timothy Murray | See all 4 posts
No Raymond , to my knowledge the film has been left in mono. However in dolby digital mono..
Warners are careful NOT to upset too many people.
Thanks Kevin Janner.
Jul 21, 2007 by Mr. Kevin D. Janner | See all 8 posts
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