The Searchers (1956)
- 1hr 59m
- 1hr 59m
An American Civil War veteran embarks on a journey to rescue his niece from the Comanches. More Details »
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Director: John Ford
Producer: Merian C. Cooper, Patrick Ford
Writer: Frank S. Nugent, Alan Le May
Release Date: May 26, 1956
Runtime: 1hr 59m
An American Civil War veteran embarks on a journey to rescue his niece from the Comanches.
- John Wayne
- Jeffrey Hunter
- Vera Miles
- Ward Bond
- Natalie Wood
- John Qualen
- Olive Carey
- Henry Brandon
- Ken Curtis
- Harry Carey Jr.
Did You Know?
- The song playing as John Wayne approaches at the beginning of the film is a slow version of "The Bonnie Blue Flag" (original title: "The Irish Jaunting Car"). This song and Daniel Decatur Emmett's "Dixie" were the two "anthems" of the Confederacy.
- Marty's knife hilt seems to be a Ka-Bar knife, designed in WWII.
- Ethan: Our turnin' back don't mean nothin', not in the long run. She's alive, she's safe... for a while. They'll keep her to raise her as one of their own till, until she's of an age to...
- Martin: Don't you think there's a chance we still might find her?
- Ethan: Injun will chase a thing till he thinks he's chased it enough. Then he quits. Same way when he runs. Seems like he never learns there's such a thing as a critter that'll just keep comin' on. So we'll find 'em in the end, I promise you. We'll find 'em. Just as sure as the turnin' of the earth.
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The Searchers contains scenes of magnificence, and one of John Wayne's best performances.
John Wayne's Ethan is his all-time top performance: funny, romantic, hard-bitten, scary, the personification of machismo.
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