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The Searchers

John Wayne , Jeffrey Hunter , John Ford    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (131 customer reviews)
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A favorite 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

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Existential Cowboy Jan. 10 2010
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I saw this with my friends when I was a kid - we went around quoting Old Mose, whom we all loved - "Thank you for those kind words." - it did not matter he was somewhat crazed; that made him all the more sympathetic and loveable. I don't know how much we liked the movie otherwise because it is not totally action-packed. Having seen it now, as an adult, I see that John Ford (and, perhaps John Wayne) had other concerns: racism, sexism, political intransigence, the concept of family, and the loner. This movie, set in Texas but obviously filmed (beautifully) in Monument Valley, is more about character. And the possibility of change. And, perhaps, the impossibility of change; or, the shattering of growth by an overwhelming sense of loss (Wayne's character: the war, and the woman). Ford is a master director - I recommend watching the Special Feature in which the movie is explained, showing all the incredible framing of shots, the backlighting, the pacing of shots.... Aw, just watch it and forget any prejudices you have against John Wayne. It is a beauty.The Searchers
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Searchers Dec 17 2012
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Believe this is my favorite film and to have it on DVD Blu-rae excellent, John Wayne,s very best. Should have won Acadeny Award
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another John Wayne Western hit movie Jan. 7 2014
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In this western the DUKE plays a darker role, more out for vengeance than justice. Still, we are entertained as the Duke searches for a young relative taken by Indians. During the search of many years, his vengeance is worn down until he finally locates her and returns her home. This is a good family movie that tells a sad part of the American western history.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Searchers Aug. 16 2013
By Watcher
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Any good one for the Duke, very enjoyable movie and I am very happy to add it to my Duke collection. A must buy for collectors.
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3.0 out of 5 stars John Wayne western Dec 8 2012
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Touted as one of the most popular, yet understated western movies starring John Wayne. I enjoyed the sweeping panoramas and the epic feel; however, John Wayne is not academy material. Not recommended unless a diehard Wayne fan.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Surprising back up feature Jan. 14 2012
It's easy to see why The Searchers is so high on so many "best of" lists. The appreciation special feature helps put the film in its cultural context. The Blu-ray image is, of course, a joy to watch, and the beauty of Monument Valley shines through. The real surprise is how pleasant the "Behind the Camera" features are. They were originally fillers for the WB Television programs, but they have a life of their own as contemporary making of features. And for Star Trek fans, watching Jeffrey Hunter is a surprise.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Imitation widescreen presentation! How sad!! Jan. 27 2003
By A Customer
A fantastic movie and a true classic - and certainly one that really shines when presented in its true widescreen aspect ratio. That said, SHAME on Warner Brothers for butchering this issue with a "imitation" widescreen format (hence my 1-star rating). The packaging claims both Standard format and "matted" widescreen are on the dvd - the latter (at least for WB) means that they take the (already width-cropped) standard screen version and simply [take] huge strips off of the top and bottom of the picture to make the shape approximately 1:85:1 (so an HDTV format screen is filled, no doubt). The result is that when watching this "widescreen" version, one is seeing far less picture than even in the Standard format! I have verified this by comparing the two dvd sides (one standard, the other "widescreen") to one another and to a true widescreen tape that I have. Those reviewers that have been raving about this widescreen presentation, have a look at the standard format side of the disk to see more of the movie ;-)
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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This movie is a classic example of the "cowboy vs. Indians" media push in the United States-- which all too often ends up with a skewed, barbaric picture of Native Americans and a completely inaccurate portrayal of Native culture and rituals. Movies like this have the widespread popularity to change or shape public opionion, and in this movie it has done this in the worst way.
As the cowboys search for their niece who was "kidnapped by Indians," we are given a cruel vision of Natives...one might be tempted to think that Natives are mystical and grim, seeking to kinap whites and covert them to their "savage ways." Contrary to this film, I think it's important to note Native Americans DO NOT kipnap children.
The kidnapped white children in the film were depicted as insane and animal-like after spending years with the Natives; the viewer knows that it was living with the Natives and their culture that had turned them into such mindless wild creatures. Need I point out the misconceptions? Native culture is not savage and inhumane, and the Native American ways of life will make a white person, in the words of John Wayne, "Like they're not even white." Did I mention how this line alone perpetuates the notion that white culture is something orderly and intellectual while Native American culture is chaotic and beastly?
Native American women, as shown in "The Searchers," amongst others, are passive and coy; women in the film seem to submit to the white man, and follow him around in ignorant and loving bliss.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great
Blu came in packaging, was quick. no scratches & excellent condition and it came on time no problems with the seller, would buy from him again
Published on Aug. 11 2011 by Johnny
4.0 out of 5 stars Blu-ray audio problem
What can I possibly say that has not already been said. Great cast, great cinematography, great movie. My comment really concerns the blu-ray edition. Read more
Published on Sept. 3 2009 by Richard Charron
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent film
I brought this as a gift for my mom. She is a big Western John Wayne fan. We had own the Vhs copy of the movie and my mom wore it out. Read more
Published on May 14 2009 by Roxanne J. Cyr
4.0 out of 5 stars A CLASSIC WSTERN...
This film, directed by the legendary John Ford, and starring John Wayne in the leading role is a western that has achieved mythic proportions. Read more
Published on Nov. 26 2007 by Lawyeraau
4.0 out of 5 stars movie=3/5, the collection=3.5/5
this is one of many John Ford/John Wayne collaborations.it certainly has a very epic scope to it,and it looks very beautiful.it also has a good story to it. Read more
Published on Oct. 13 2007 by falcon
3.0 out of 5 stars Just Average Transfer of A True John Ford Classic!
John Ford was a master craftsman of the American cinema. Though he dabbled in melodrama and action during his directorial career, his everlasting contribution to the movies remains... Read more
Published on March 5 2005 by Nix Pix
5.0 out of 5 stars Searchers!!
Ethan Edwards, (John Wayne), finds his way home after the civil war to his brothers homestead. Some cattle are rustled and he and a few men track them only to discover it's a... Read more
Published on June 14 2004 by Paul Miller
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