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Working together for the 12th time, John Wayne and director John Ford forged The Searchers into an indelible image of the frontier and the men and women who challenged it. Wayne plays ex-Confederate soldier Ethan Edwards, a believer more in bullets than in words. He's seeking his niece, captured by Comanches who massacred his family. He won't surrender to hunger, thirst, the elements or loneliness. And in his obsessive, five-year quest, Ethan encounters something he didn't expect to find: his own humanity.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 41
- Fresh: 41
- Rotten: 0
- Average Rating: 8.9/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: A rip-snorting Western, as brashly entertaining as they come.
Fresh: 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.
Fresh: Contains scenes of magnificence, and one of John Wayne's best performances.
Fresh: Through the central image of the frontier, the meeting point of wilderness and civilization, Ford explores the divisions of our national character, with its search for order and its need for violence, its spirit of community and its quest for independence
The greatest western...period.
Chosen as the best western ever made by the American Film Institute, "The Searchers" is widely regarded as one of the best films of all time, and it even tops the list of favorite films of some pretty famous people, including Martin Scorcese and Steven Spielberg, and it's easy to see wide. Epic, sweeping, gripping, and even heartwarming at times, this film is not to be missed and it's definitely one to add to your DVD collection--just don't buy it for your iPod (can you imagine watching the great cinematography on a 2" X 1" screen?)
One of the best
Thank you, thank you, thank you itunes! Do you think you could sell "The Quiet Man" and "The War Wagon"? That would be great.
Simply the best
With the possible exception of Lonesome Dove, this is the greatest weatern movie of all time. The photography at Momument Valley is breathtaking. The cast is superb. The acting is wonderful. If you're a fan of western movies, this is the quintessential
- Genre: Western
- Released: 1956
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