The Searchers

The Searchers

DVD - 2006
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A Civil War veteran spends five years on the trail of a Comanche raiding party that kidnapped his dead brother's daughters. Breathtaking scenery gives a picture of frontier families separated by miles of emptiness.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Warner Bros. Entertainment, [2006]
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (119 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Edition: 50th Anniversary ed
Credits: Photography, Winton C. Hoch ; editor, Jack Murray ; music, Max Steiner.
Performers: John Wayne, Jeffrey Hunter, Vera Miles, Ward Bond, Natalie Wood.
Audience: Not rated
Language Note: In English or French, with English, French, or Spanish subtitles
Closed captioned for the hearing impaired
UPC: 883929453085
Call Number: DVD S


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May 25, 2019

Hello, darlings! - The superb location shooting in Monument Valley is one good reason to watch this vintage Western from 1956.

Dec 25, 2018

Quite a disappointment, given the incredible John Ford director and actor John Wayne who was ok, just fine, in the acting but the lines and situations in this film are skippable I'd say. SEE EL DORADO AND RIO GRANDE INSTEAD, PRONTO!! Too many doofus characters, stupid fight scenes, too many scenes painting the Indians in a terrible light and the whites for their atrocious ways in a "just that's the way it is" kind of oh well manner and attitude. The romantic couple scenes were fun. Movie would be bearable at 90mins but is 2hrs. Barely three of five stars, quite nearly 2.5of5!

Aug 04, 2018

Maybe I should have given it 3 stars, but as a John Wayne fan (plus John Ford, and all the other big actors in this film), this is one of my least favorites. It's not John Wayne's character, whom I actually like. It's mostly the dialog, and that the situations are overdone & corny, to emphasize a point that could have been done better. Also, there's a bit of the "invincible bad guy" Follywood syndrome #365 in the film, though that's eventually resolved anticlimactically, to boot.

Jul 26, 2017

Disjointed is the word that best describes this movie. Disappointed is how i feel and that is saying something considering the director.

Marinetti May 08, 2017

If John Ford is the greatest Western director, The Searchers is arguably his greatest film, at once a grand outdoor spectacle like such Ford classics as She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949) and Rio Grande (1950) and a film about one man's troubling moral codes, a big-screen adventure of the 1950s that anticipated the complex themes and characters that would dominate the 1970s.

May 05, 2017

Some fine vignettes of frontier life in the early southwest and a realistic presentation of the difficulties faced by the settlers in carving out a homestead in dangerous Indian country.

May 05, 2017

"The Searchers" was just named one of the 100 All-Time Greatest movies in the July 5/12, 2013 Entertainment Weekly magazine. And well deserved that honor is! I'd seen this movie many times but watched it again and enjoyed it just as much this time around.

John Wayne is spectacular in some say his greatest role (I love this movie but consider Rooster Cogburn his greatest role but that's just me). Magical cinematography (I especially liked the scenes in Monument Valley), wonderful co-stars including Jeffrey Hunter, Natalie Wood, Vera Miles and Ward Bond.

This movie came out in 1956 and is still a masterpiece after 57 years.

Apr 27, 2017

An Indian hating movie. Whites attacked and took many more Indian children than Indians did white children, but justified it that they were "civilizing" them. whites like to believe they were so civilized. A whole continent of peoples systemeticly slaughtered, driven off their lands, and herded onto "reservations" by an arrogant people with "God Blessed Above All Others" delusions. Slavery, burning at the stake, putting people in the "stocks," and other things mean that whites are just part of the human race, not "Above It As Ordained By God."

Feb 17, 2016

This is a really good western by John Ford, lots of drama, beautiful scenery, and a good story line. John Wayne's character is likeable at times, but other times not.

Feb 04, 2015

Historical revisionism aside, John Ford’s glorious widescreen Western, often seen near the top of many critics’ “best of” lists, manages to mold the usual genre tropes into something approaching spiritual allegory. Much has been said of the film’s apparent racist overtones in portraying Ethan’s Indian nemesis as an ignoble savage, but when both men are viewed as archetypes rather than simple characters, Ford’s vision becomes abundantly clear. This is a parable for adults which begins with an open door and ends with that same door closing like the final page of a storybook. However, the real impact of the film lies in its wide angle cinematography which makes full use of those Utah settings; sunbaked deserts, crimson sunsets, and candlelit domestic scenes, all rendered in rich technicolour, give The Searchers a quasi-mythological feel and help distract the viewer from some rather mediocre performances. John Wayne, after all, was a screen icon and not an actor.

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Oct 30, 2012

Reverend Clayton: "Well, the prodigal brother. When did you get back? Ain't seen you since the surrender. Come to think of it, I didn't see you at the surrender." Ethan Edwards: "I don't believe in surrenders. Nope, I've still got my saber, Reverend. Didn't beat it into no plowshare, neither."

Oct 30, 2012

Reverend Clayton: "You wanna quit, Ethan?" Ethan Edwards: "That'll be the day."

Oct 30, 2012

Brad Jorgensen (trailing the Comanche): "They gotta stop sometime... If they're human men st all, they gotta stop!" Ethan Edwards: "No... A human rides a horse until it dies, then he goes on on foot... Comanch comes along, gets that horse up, rides him twenty more miles... then eats him..."

Oct 30, 2012

Mose Harper (preparing for an Indian attack): "That which we are about to receive, we thank Thee, O Lord."

Oct 30, 2012

Martin Pawley: "I HOPE YOU DIE!!" Ethan Edwards: "That'll be the day."


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