The Searchers

The Searchers

The Searchers

An epic, morally complex Technicolour adventure, The Searchers is legendary Western director John Ford’s most famous and influential film. John Wayne is loner antihero Ethan Edwards, a former Confederate soldier who returns to his brother's frontier cabin three years after the end of the Civil War. When his niece (Natalie Wood) is captured by Comanches, he sets off with his half-Indian nephew Martin on a bitter and relentless five-year search for the girl and for Scar (Henry Brandon), the fearsome chief who abducted her.

1956Rating: G114 minsUSA
AdventureWesternClassic
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Masterpiece

This is true masterpiece from the old master John Ford. The landscape is beautifully shot. John Wayne is amazing when he tries to find his neice who are captured by American Indians. John Wayne's character you either love him or hate him. This changed the idea of how great a western could be. It is one of the most influential films ever made. John Ford was...

4.0
Variety

Variety

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Some fine vignettes of frontier life in the early southwest and a realistic presentation of the difficulties faced by the settlers in carving out a homestead in dangerous Indian country.

The New York Times

The New York Times

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A rip-snorting Western, as brashly entertaining as they come.

Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

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Contains scenes of magnificence, and one of John Wayne's best performances.

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

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Striking cinematography and character ambiguity makes this a powerful and thought-provoking Wild West Odyssey.

5.0
BBC

BBC

press

On the scale of Westerns this is undoubtedly one of the most grand.

4.0
Variety

Variety

press

Some fine vignettes of frontier life in the early southwest and a realistic presentation of the difficulties faced by the settlers in carving out a homestead in dangerous Indian country.

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

A rip-snorting Western, as brashly entertaining as they come.

Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

Contains scenes of magnificence, and one of John Wayne's best performances.

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Striking cinematography and character ambiguity makes this a powerful and thought-provoking Wild West Odyssey.

5.0
BBC

BBC

press

On the scale of Westerns this is undoubtedly one of the most grand.

4.0

Masterpiece

This is true masterpiece from the old master John Ford. The landscape is beautifully shot. John Wayne is amazing when he tries to find his neice who are captured by American Indians. John Wayne's character you either love him or hate him. This changed the idea of how great a western could be. It is one of the most influential films ever made. John Ford...

4.0