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The Searchers [1956] [DVD]


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  • Actors: John Wayne, Jeffrey Hunter, Natalie Wood, Vera Miles, Ward Bond
  • Directors: John Ford
  • Producers: Merian C. Cooper
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 19 Jun 2006
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000EZ7ZHM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 55,958 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Thought by many to be director John Ford's masterpiece, 'The Searchers' tells the story of Ethan Edwards (John Wayne), an ex-confederate soldier who swears revenge after his brother's family is butchered by Comanches and his niece (Natalie Wood) is kidnapped. Accompanied by Martin Pawley (Jeffrey Hunter), a young foundling raised by the family, Ethan sets out on a epic seven-year search for the missing girl. But as their quest draws to a close, Martin begins to realise the extent to which Ethan has been dehumanised by his own thirst for revenge.

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A favourite 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, Amazon.com --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By IOWBOY TOP 500 REVIEWER on 27 Aug 2012
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
The Searchers is in my opinion the greatest 'Western' ever made, although I have to admit that 'True Grit' True Grit (1969) [Blu-ray][Region Free] is the one I watch most often!

The film was directed by the peerless John Ford in 1956 and was based on a novel written by Alan Le May in 1954.

The film starts in 1868 in the wilderness of west Texas and stars John Wayne as a middle-aged Civil War veteran who returns from the American Civil War to the home of his brother; for me he gives the finest performance of his career in this film, yes True Grit's 'Rooster Cogburn' is probably a more memorable character, but if anyone ever suggests that 'The Duke' could not act then they should look no further than his incredibly powerful portrayal of the violent and racist Ethan Edwards in 'The Searchers'.

From the moment Ethan comes through the door it is clear he is not your typical John Wayne character; in this film Ethan is a man who does some heroic acts, but at the same time he is deeply troubled and bigoted, he is also racist and violent but the fact that through Wayne's performance we the viewer still perhaps admire his determination is testament to both the acting and the writing.

He tells his brothers family he is finished fighting and has returned to set up a home for himself.

Almost the next day news reaches the homestead that their neighbour has had cattle stolen, and when the Rev. Capt.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Scott Miller on 7 Feb 2005
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This film is simply a classic in all respects. Beautifully shot and directed, you could easily get lost in what looks at first glance like a David Lean epic with tumbleweed. Yet it is one of the darkest movies of the period and contains John Wayne's finest performance by a country mile. He was never darker and never better - a really convincing performance which lifts this fine film to a level rarely reached in cinema. And as for the classic closing shot... This truly is a must buy movie!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. R. Clevett on 23 May 2004
Format: DVD
Surely one of the best Westerns ever made.Beautifully filmed in
Monument Valley.Wayne at his very best as surly,bigotted Ethan Edwards,which in my oppinion should have earned him an Oscar.With a supurb supporting cast of Ward Bond,Jeffrey Hunter
and a very young Natalie Wood.A must for the collection of every
Western fan.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Robert J. Evered on 26 Jun 2007
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I first saw this film as a young eighteen year-old Western aficionado on its first theatrical release to the English provinces in 1956. I came to it with great expectations fresh from reading Alan Le May's book of the same name. I came away knowing I'd seen a great film but I was disappointed on two counts first the search lasts for ten years in the book and second, Wayne's character Ethan is killed off in the penultimate battle with the Indians. In the subsequent years I've seen this film dozens of times and it never fails to amaze me that on each fresh viewing I never fail to notice something new!

John Ford and John Wayne collaborated on several films most of them westerns. Although this was their first Western for six years since they completed the last of the Cavalry Trilogy RIO GRANDE (1950). As with the trilogy, Ford once again choose to shoot the most of the film in Monument Valley Utah, when using this his favourite location Ford became an acclaimed visual poet of the West. With Ford's "Western Director" to Wayne's "Western Star" they were unequalled in the making of Westerns producing an outstanding body of work between 1939 and 1962! Although THE SEARCHERS remained totally unrecognised by The Academy Awards for 1956. Fifty-odd years later it still stands at the top of the many peoples list as the greatest Western of all time. Also appearing in most if not all of The Greatest 100 Movies Of All Time Lists.

Three years after the Civil War Ethan Edwards (John Wayne) a dark brooding mysterious character returns home to his brother Aaron (Walter Coy) homestead. Ethan takes his brother place on a posse led by Texas Ranger Rev. Capt.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 Sep 2001
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This and The Shootist are my two favourite westerns - John Wayne is very different in these two films and I think both performances are great. I disliked Wayne quite a lot until I saw these two movies, and they changed my mind fast.
The photography and editing are superb, and as always in Wayne westerns, even this darkest one, there is a golden vein of humour in it, not as much as usual in his films but it's still there.
Some of the shots in this film are astounding; the great closing scene of course, and I think the shot earlier on where the camera moves in as Wayne spins round and stares (and I mean stares!)at an 'indianised' white girl, is one of the best shots I've ever seen in any film. The intensity of that shot is unforgettable.
A really great film.
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