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US 119m, Colour
Director: John Ford; Cast: John Wayne, Jeffrey Hunter, Vera Miles, Ward Bond, Natalie Wood
The Searchers is arguably the quintessential Hollywood American Western and one of John Ford’s most important and influential films. As a bitter Civil War veteran and Mexican Revolutionary soldier of fortune, Wayne plays Ethan – a bitter anti-hero who searches for his young his young “niece” Debbie who is held captive by a Comanche raiding party. A beautiful looking film, Ford’s location shooting and cinematography are spectacular, and perhaps only surpassed by the brutality and power of the story which sees Ethan resolve that he would rather see Debbie dead than living as an Indian (Klaus Ming November 2012).