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The Searchers (DVD)

A classic Western regarded by many as the best of the genre, John Ford's THE SEARCHERS has been acknowledged by several directors who came into their ...

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ProJohn Wayne, John Ford, beautiful cinematography, c...

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John Wayne made 142 films throughout his life. He was the leading man in all but eleven. He became synonymous with director John Ford with whom he made 14 films, so it is appropriate that the film for which many regard as the pinnacle of The Duke's career was directed by the aforementioned...

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“The Searchers”

published 27/03/2008

ProRestored

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The Searchers Texas 1868 Ethan Edwards returns to his brothers farm three years after the end of the civil war. While Ethan and his adoptive nephew Martin Pawley join a company of Texas Rangers to track a Commanche raiding party, the renegades double back to attack and burn the Edwards homestead...

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“Never......give........up!”

published 22/04/2010

ProVisually arresting scenery; Ford and Wayne combo a...

ConsNothing really, although John Wayne's clumsy actin...

The Searchers is a classic Western, which many regard as the best film of John Wayne's career as the lynch pin of American testosterone for much of the middle of the 20th Century. Set in 1868 in Texas, it features Wayne as Ethan Edwards, a Civil War veteran who returns from a 3 year long stint...

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ProEasily available on DVD and video

ConsMay be a bit long for some people

What makes a great cowboy film? Is it the acting or the scenery or the music? In "The Searchers", it's the whole combination. This 1956 film is directed by John Ford and it is probably his best work. I don't normally like Westerns. I find them rather boring but this film is very different. The...

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ProA solid western with a good lead performance by Jo...

ConsIn many ways dated and showing its age in terms of...

Overview The Searchers is a classic western starring John Wayne and directed by John Ford. It is regarded very highly both as an example of the Western genre and as a film in general attaining classic status in more recent times despite a less enthusiastic reception upon its initial release...

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Excellent

“The Searchers”

published 23/07/2008

ProEntertaining, Challenging, Emotional, Exciting, Ma...

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The Searchers is widely recognised as one of the best westerns ever made and rightly so. It is set in Texas in 1868 at the end of the Civil War, A war that John Wayne Known in the film as Ethan Edwards took part in, the Film opens with him returning to his brothers farm from the war. The scenery...

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Excellent

“The Searchers”

published 07/06/2001

ProPacked with stars, impressive scenery and great mu...

ConsPerhaps a wee bit long in the middle

The title gives you the theme for this film. The film itself offers much more. A powerfully emotive story line, strong performances from a great cast and a film well worth watching. John Wayne plays the title role, as Ethan Edwards, seemingly an unsympathetic, almost heartless, but interesting...

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“the SEARCHERS...BY BANCO.”

published 09/08/2001

ProA TRULY GREAT WESTERN AS GOOD AS SHANE AND THAT SA...

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I CAN'T BEGIN TO TELL YOU HOW MANY TIMES THAT I HAVE WATCHED THE SEARCHERS...DIRECTED BY JOHN FORD FROM AN ALAN LE MAY BOOK, THIS IS A STORY OF A CONFEDERATE WAR VETERAN WHO COMES TO LIVE WITH HIS BROTHERS FAMILY. DURING THAT TIME THE INDIANS ARE ON THE WARPATH AND HE GOES TO HELP A LOCAL SETTLER...

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“A TRULY GREAT WESTERN”

published 13/03/2001

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Running one minute short of two hours, it is hard now to believe that this western movie was first released almost 45 years ago. But "The Searchers" has stood the inevitable "Test of Time", as, today, it is just as good, just as moving, just as disturbing and just as enjoyable as when it was...

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A classic Western regarded by many as the best of the genre, John Ford's THE SEARCHERS has been acknowledged by several directors who came into their own in the 1970s, including Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, Paul Schrader, and George Lucas, as a powerful influence on their work. The film stars John Wayne as Ethan Edwards, a case-hardened Civil War veteran returning to his brother Aaron's (Walter Coy) Texas home in 1868. When Rev. Samuel Johnson Clayton (Ward Bond) arrives to raise a posse to run down the Comanche who have stolen the cattle of neighbor Lars Jorgenson (John Qualen), Ethan is among those who join him. They return to find the Edwards family slaughtered and the two girls, Lucy (Pippa Scott) and Debbie (Lana Wood, then Natalie Wood), missing. The posse continues to search for the girls but turns back as winter settles in. However, Ethan and his reluctantly accepted companion, Martin Pawley (Jeffrey Hunter), the girls' part-Cherokee stepbrother, press on for another seven years, with the Indian-hating veteran becoming ever more fanatical as the hard seasons pass. In his epic meditation on racism, obsession, paranoia, and the myth of the West, Ford explores the ugly underside of a genre that he had imbued with optimism in his early career. Wayne gives perhaps his most powerful performance as the embittered Edwards, but it's the visual poetry of what are possibly Ford's most carefully framed, lit, and composed images that shape this masterwork from beginning to end. As Wayne walks through the doorway at the film's end, he grabs his elbow in a tribute to his and Ford's close friend Harry Carey Sr., a Western film icon who had passed away a few years before.

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