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Red River (Full Screen) (Bilingual)
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John Wayne is Tom Dunson; a cattle baron who built his ranch with hard work and a determination to kill any man who would dare try to take his land. But when plummeting livestock values endanger his beloved ranch Tom and his adopted son set out to get a fair price for their cattle by driving them through the treacherous Chisholm Trail from Texas to Kansas. Battle Indians stampedes and dissension among the ranch hands Tom proves that he will stop at nothing to reach his destination. He will risk danger hardship and betrayal...and perhaps even his own sanity.Starring: John Wayne Montgomery CliftDirector: Howard HawksProduced by Howard Hawks; written by Borden Chase Charles Schnee; DVD released on 11/18/1997; running time of 133 minutes; Closed Captioned. Copyright: 1948 Warner Bros.System Requirements:Scene Selections Digitally Mastered Subtitles: English French & Spanish Dolby Digital English: Mono Standard version presented in a full frame format preserving the aspect ratio of its original theatrical exhibition. B&W Interactive Menus Video Format: Standard 1.33:1 (4.3) Track Info: English: Dolby Digital MonoFormat: DVD MOVIE Genre: WESTERN/MISC. Rating: UPC: 027616604224 Manufacturer No: 906042
Any short list of the all-time greatest Westerns is bound to include this 1948 Howard Hawks classic about an epic cattle drive. Red River features one of John Wayne's greatest performances. Like his Ethan Edwards in John Ford's 1956 masterpiece The Searchers, the Duke plays an isolated and unsympathetic man who is possessed by bitterness. Wayne is Texas rancher Tom Dunson, who adopts a young boy orphaned in an Indian massacre. That boy, Matthew Garth (played as an adult by Montgomery Clift in his screen debut), becomes Dunson's assistant and heir apparent--until Dunson's temper gets out of control during a long cattle drive and Matt intervenes to stop him. From that moment on, Dunson swears he will kill Matt. Red River has everything a great Western ought to have: a sweeping sense of history, spectacular landscapes, stampedes, gunfights, Indian attacks, and, of course, Walter Brennan as Dunson's crusty old cook and comic sidekick, Nadine Groot. As a special bonus, the film also features the legendary Harry Carey (upon whom Wayne would base some of his gestures in The Searchers) and his son Harry Carey Jr., who became a fixture in Ford and Hawks Westerns. Red River is essential for anyone who loves Westerns, or movies in general. This one's a real beaut. --Jim EmersonSee all Product Description
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As the volatile Dunson, John Wayne gives one of his most finely nuanced performances. Living by a personal code of ethics which doesn't always translate into lawful or even rational behavior, Wayne is neither sympathetic nor deplorable; he's simply human. His performance is bolstered by the contrast provided by the quietly charasmatic Montgomery Clift, whose unspoken love and respect for Wayne's father figure shine through the fear and intimidation he expresses. (Remarkably, this was Clift's first performance in front of the movie cameras; the stage-trained actor seems to have adapted instinctively to the more subtle technique required of film work.Read more ›
Honestly, the two women characters were irritating, but luckily they weren't around enough to make too much of a negative impact.
The scenery and storyline were top notch, and the acting was convincing. You could see the changes in Dunson as the movie moved along and you knew it was going to come to a head eventually.
The picture quality was excellent. Criterion Collection did a fine job with the restoration. Having the two versions of the movie was nice. There are things about both versions that I liked. They seem to coincide with what Howard Hawks liked as well. I would have really liked it if there had been a third version created for this set combining the two into a 'definitive' version of Red River with Walter Brennon's commentary and the longer ending, which is far superior. Oh well, it was just a thought.....
There was one thing that I noticed was missing. Years ago I remember seeing the movie on TV somewhere. There is a scene early in the movie where Dunson and Groot were fighting Indians. Near the end of the scene, Dunson goes off to get the last one while Groot stays behind to distract him. In both versions of the movie in this set, the scene cuts off before you hear Dunson doing in the last Indian. In the version I saw that once (and only once) you hear Dunson finishing him off and you can see Groot grimace. I wonder where this scene went in these versions? I assumed that one of these two would have that full scene but it doesn't. Strange. I always notice that when watching the movie. That scene just isn't complete.
Anyway, it's a great movie and well worth the price.
As a Western, it certainly has it all: cowboys killing Indians, men leaving women for the call of the trail, gunfights, stampedes, love, betrayal, and finally redemption. It is also gorgeously filmed, beautifully written, and well acted throughout. And finally, it stars John Wayne, an actor that towers over today's crop of male actors like an oak over weeping willows.
This film also stars Montgomery Clift as the surrogate son that eventually challenges Wayne for control of the drive. In terms of acting styles, Clift and Wayne were about as different as two actors could be: Wayne seemed always to act on instinct and charisma, while Clift was one of the young Turks through the 40's and 50's, a proponent of a new style of acting - the method developed by Lee Strasburg (one can easily imagine Wayne giving his crooked sarcastic grin over the very idea of a "school" where young people learn acting). Yet, casting these two together works. By all reports, the two hated each other at the beginning of the production, but had developed an actor's respect for one another by the end of filming. Wayne, after watching Clift in one of his scenes, was quoted as saying something like "damn, that little queer sure can act."
John Wayne, for his part, goes toe-to-toe with the new school of internal acting and more than holds his own.Read more ›
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unfortunately this Criterion DVD does not give us the 1,37:1 aspect ratio as it claims. This great film has been enhanced to fit the entire TV screen (like all previous releases),... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Dr. Kai Wang
I am glad to be able to obtain this classic movie; it is one for which I have been looking a while.Published 16 months ago by Karl Waltz
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