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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 (132 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 Its the Duke July 10 2014
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Fantastic colors and story
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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
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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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