The Searchers (1956)

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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.
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  • Marty's knife hilt seems to be a Ka-Bar knife, designed in WWII.
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    • 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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5.0 out of 5



The Searchers contains scenes of magnificence, and one of John Wayne's best performances.

Metacritic review by Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

John Wayne's Ethan is his all-time top performance: funny, romantic, hard-bitten, scary, the personification of machismo.

Metacritic review by Michael Wilmington
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune