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  • Actors: John Wayne, Montgomery Clift, Joanne Dru, Walter Brennan, Colleen Gray
  • Directors: Howard HAWKS
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Eureka
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Oct. 2013
  • Run Time: 133 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00ER15K26
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,199 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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SYNOPSIS One of Hollywood's most iconic westerns, Howard Hawks' Red River launches cinema's grandest cattle drive, and one of the screen's most powerful father-son dramas. One of John Wayne's most intense roles inspired one of his finest performances, and in his debut leading role, Montgomery Clift instantly leapt to the forefront of Hollywood's young actors.

After the Civil War, ranch owner Thomas Dunson (Wayne) leads a drive of ten thousand cattle out of an impoverished Texas to the richer markets of Missouri, alongside his adopted son Matthew Garth (Clift) and a team of ranch hands. As the conditions worsen, and Dunson's control over his cattlemen gets ever more merciless, a rebellion begins to grow within the travelling party.

Filmed among glorious expanses with no expense spared, and a roster of brilliant turns from greats including Joanne Dru, Walter Brennan, Harry Carey, John Ireland and Hank Worden, Red River is an all-American epic, a grand adventure yarn, and a profound psychological journey. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present its first UK release on Blu-ray.

  • New high-definition 1080p presentation
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Exclusive lengthy video conversation about Red River and Howard Hawks by filmmaker and critic Dan Sallitt, conducted by Jaime Christley, and shot by Dustin Guy Defa and James P. Gannon
  • A booklet featuring the words of Howard Hawks, rare imagery, and more!

REVIEWS "Immaculately shot by Russell Harlan, perfectly performed by a host of Hawks regulars, and shot through with dark comedy, it's probably the finest Western of the '40s. " -Geoff Andrew, Time Out

"★ ★ ★ ★ ★ " - Empire Magazine

"★ ★ ★ ★ ★ " - Radio Times


Any short list of the all-time greatest Westerns is bound to include this 1948 Howard Hawks classic about an epic cattle drive. Red River features one of John Wayne's greatest performances. Like his Ethan Edwards in John Ford's 1956 masterpiece The Searchers, the Duke plays an isolated and unsympathetic man who is possessed by bitterness. Wayne is Texas rancher Tom Dunson, who adopts a young boy orphaned in an Indian massacre. That boy, Matthew Garth (played as an adult by Montgomery Clift in his screen debut), becomes Dunson's assistant and heir apparent--until Dunson's temper gets out of control during a long cattle drive and Matt intervenes to stop him. From that moment on, Dunson swears he will kill Matt. Red River has everything a great Western ought to have: a sweeping sense of history, spectacular landscapes, stampedes, gunfights, Indian attacks, and, of course, Walter Brennan as Dunson's crusty old cook and comic sidekick, Nadine Groot. As a special bonus, the film also features the legendary Harry Carey (upon whom Wayne would base some of his gestures in The Searchers) and his son Harry Carey Jr, who became a fixture in Ford and Hawks' Westerns. Red River is essential for anyone who loves Westerns, or movies in general. This one's a real beaut. --Jim Emerson, --This text refers to the DVD edition.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By GlynLuke TOP 100 REVIEWER on 23 Mar. 2013
Format: DVD
Howard Hawks` 1948 masterpiece Red River is not just a great western, it`s one of the greatest of American movies.
Hawks, in his lifetime, was seldom accorded the respect and admiration he deserved, at least in his native land (never once nominated for an Oscar, despite excelling in several genres) and it took the French and a few discerning UK critics (such as David Thomson, who waxes lyrical about him whenever he has the chance) to trumpet the man`s worth. He was one of the best directors ever to draw breath.
His sense of composition alone marks him out. He could take your breath away with simply a shot of two men on horses against the sky, or Walter Brennan doling out bad food under a makeshift shelter in the rain.
This is a lengthy saga, in glorious black-and-white, of the many years it takes for Matthew Garth (Montgomery Clift, of all people, in his debut film) to attain his rite of passage into true manhood, and for his mentor Tom Dunson (John Wayne, at 40, and at his intense best) to recognise, forgive, and finally give Matt his own cattle brand.
Or it`s the story of a long, long cattle drive from Texas to Missouri, taking in Indian attacks, mutiny, Dunson`s growing tyranny, and a young lady played with candid sensuality by Joanne Dru (in her best role).
There again, it`s a film of treasurable moments. That pre-dawn calm before the cattle drive begins; Clift and John Ireland comparing gun sizes (oh, sure!) like kids; an arrow piercing Joanne Dru`s shoulder blade, her angry conversation with Matt barely interrupted; the shots of cattle hurling themselves at the camera; the chillingly matter-of-fact way Wayne tells two men "...gonna hang ya".
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 26 Jun. 2012
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Tom Dunson is a self made cattle baron, he will do what ever it takes to protect the life he has made for himself. The constant fall in the value of livestock means that Tom, and his adopted son Matthew, must drive the gathered herd thru the perilous Chisholm Trail, and then hope to get good value for the beef. With their assembled group of hands they head off North, but many problems will come their way, not least, a fallout due to Dunson's tyrannical ways, meaning there could well be mutiny on the range.

Without a shadow of doubt, Red River is one of the greatest Westerns ever made, boasting incredible performances from the cast, directed with sumptuous skill by Howard Hawks and photographed as good as any film in the genre. Based on the novel, The Chisholm Trail written by Borden Chase (also co writing duties for the film), Red River is a sweeping spectacle that doesn't have a frame that's wasted. Hawks (this his first Western) frames his wonderfully vivid characters in lush expansive landscapes, fleshing them out amongst the constant stream of drama and action. Tho Chase would be annoyed at the changes Hawks made to the story, he surely would have marvelled at the finished product, with Harlan's photography in and around Arizona's locales capturing a cowboys terrain expertly and Dimitri Tiomkin's score stirring the blood and pumping the viewer with Cowboy adrenaline.

If anyone doubts John Wayne as an actor of note then they need look no further than his performance here as Dunson. Tough and durable in essence the character is, but Wayne manages to fuse those traits with a believable earthy determination that layers the character perfectly.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By T Everson on 6 Nov. 2013
Format: Blu-ray
'Red River' is a Western film, released in 1948, and like all great films it appeals to people who wouldn't normally like films of that genre. In fact, next to John Ford's legendary 'The Searchers', this may well be one of the best examples of a Western film around.

In the brief prologue, we see Tom Dunson (John Wayne, in one of his most iconic roles) bid an emotional farewell to the woman he loves, and head to Texas with his companion Nadine Groot (Walter Brennan) where he aims to build the cattle ranch he'd been dreaming of whilst he was fighting in the Civil War. As they approach the river, they come across Matt Garth (Montgomery Clift), a young, bright man who has managed to survive an attack by the Indians.

We next meet Dunson fourteen years later, by which time he owns more cattle than anyone else in the West, but he's starting to run out of money. He decides to take 9000 cattle with him to Missouri, where cattle fetch a very high price. With a group of cowboys hired to help protect him and the cattle he heads off, but before long the men start asking questions of his leadership...

The film is directed by Howard Hawks, and was the first Western he had made, after building his reputation on films such as 'Scarface' (1932) and 'His Girl Friday' (1940). Because he hadn't become as synonymous with Westerns as John Ford, he was never really considered as serious a filmmaker as Ford, and for a long time 'Red River' was undeservedly overlooked. In reality, the film looks absolutely amazing, with sweeping landscapes - easily rivaling the very best of Ford's films. The stampede, one of the film's pivotal moments, is superbly shot and must have been an influence on 'The Lion King', almost 50 years later.
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