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Possibly the greatest western ever.,
This review is from: The Searchers [VHS]  (VHS Tape)
Very rarely do all the components of a movie come together so perfectly. Wayne working relationship with Ford was long established and both men did their best work in this film.
Ford produces two films in one; on the surface this is a simple story of a man's search for his neice, kidnapped during an Indian raid. Underneath that is the story of a loner, a racist and a confederate who has lost his place in the world. For Wayne the character of Ethan was a departure; the performance is brave and at times very unsympathetic; far more worthy on an oscar than his later turn in True Grit.
Ford films this epic in the grand manner; Monument Valley has never been better used. For the perfect example of this watch the scene where the posse is tracked by the Indians. Widescreen cinema at its best.
But perhaps it is the final shot that is the most powerful; Ethan turning away as the door shuts. A loner again finding himself outside the society he belongs to. Has there ever been a more powerful image in American cinema?