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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.
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
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'Ethan Edwards' (John Wayne) returns home after the Civil-war if but three years after it had finished with
the hope of building a family life with his Brother and his family.
However it all goes horribly wrong whist out on a patrol with 'Rev, Captain Samuel Johnston Clayton (Ward
Bond) and his deputy's a band of Comanche's attack the farmstead killing all but 'Ethan's' nieces which they
'Ethan' doesn't think twice he's determined to rescue 'Lucy' and younger sister 'Debbie' alone, however 'Lucy's'
boyfriend 'Ben' and the girls alone, however 'Ben' 'Lucy's' boyfriend and the girls adopted brother 'Martin'
(Jeffrey Hunter) insist on joining him.
Soon into the search 'Ethan' finds 'Lucy's' body, 'Ben' incensed with both anger and grief rushes toward the Indian
encampment guns blazing leaving 'Ethan' and 'Martin' to continue the quest to now, rescue 'Debbie' before it's too
late to do so.
Winter snow loses the trail making locating the rogue Comanche Tribe more difficult in fact months turn into years,
trouble is, the longer it takes the more unlikely it is that 'Debbie' will be able to rejoin the life she'd been abducted
This is typical 'John Wayne' Western-Action.
Considering the film is now 60 years old it really does stand the test of time and if not seen for some time or never,
if a fan of 'John Wayne' or indeed 'John Ford' movies - This is a Classic of it's day, well worth a viewing.Read more ›
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I agree with Trog on 11/3/16 - I watched the film yesterday after reading the book. The film misses many of the points made by the author le May and whilst John Wayne is better... Read morePublished 2 months ago by M. Roberts
Perhaps the greatest western movie ever. The cast is great. Duke is wonderful. Natalie Wood is lovely. Sensational scenery - Monument Valley at its best.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Fabulous to see such a great film looking exquisite in high definition.Published 6 months ago by Robert