The Searchers

A marvellous Western which turns Monument Valley into an interior landscape as Wayne pursues his five-year odyssey, a grim quest - to kill both the Indian who abducted his niece and the tainted girl herself - which is miraculously purified of its racist furies in a final moment of epiphany. There is perhaps some discrepancy in the play between Wayne's heroic image and the pathological outsider he plays here (forever excluded from home, as the doorway shots at beginning and end suggest), but it hardly matters, given the film's visual splendour and muscular poetry in its celebration of the spirit that vanished with the taming of the American wilderness.

Release details

Duration: 119 mins

Cast and crew

Director: John Ford
Screenwriter: Frank S Nugent
Cast: Hank Worden
John Wayne
John Qualen
Antonio Moreno
Olive Carey
Vera Miles
Jeffrey Hunter
Harry Carey Jr
Ward Bond
Natalie Wood
Henry Brandon
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McKay Anderson

This is by far and away the BEST movie John Wayne ever made! When asked, all his friends would have said so. Harry Carey, Jr., in his book "In the Company of Heroes", often told Duke that but he Duke always says his best work was "She Wore A Yellow Ribbon". For my money he should have received an Oscar for both. Many critics have said John Wayne couldn't act. You cannot watch either of these movies without seeing what a range he was capable of. Some of his movies were just better than others. He didn't make a bad movie.

McKay Anderson

This is by far and away the BEST movie John Wayne ever made! When asked, all his friends would have said so. Harry Carey, Jr., in his book "In the Company of Heroes", often told Duke that but he Duke always says his best work was "She Wore A Yellow Ribbon". For my money he should have received an Oscar for both. Many critics have said John Wayne couldn't act. You cannot watch either of these movies without seeing what a range he was capable of. Some of his movies were just better than others. He didn't make a bad movie.