The Searchers

Film, Action and adventure

Time Out says

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.

By: TM


Release details

119 mins

Cast and crew

John Ford
Frank S Nugent
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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