West Texas, late 1800’s. An attack from a Native American tribe on his family home sends a Civil War veteran on a search for vengeance. Widely considered the greatest cinematic achievement of director John Ford and the Western genre, frequently cited as one of the best films of all time.
A seemingly straightforward plot is masterfully lined with complicated and multi-layered characters, achieved through precise direction and superb acting performances throughout. One of the most memorable roles for American silver screen legend John Wayne. Beautiful imagery and masterclass cinematography, filmed in Technicolor VistaVision widescreen.
Notable also for it’s excellent use of music, the outstanding score composed by Max Steiner.
A drifting adventure which manages to draw the viewer’s attention to historically important themes and subjects – Racism and Historical Discrimination, Religion, War, Revenge, Obsession and the Barbaric Ruthlessness of humankind.
An influence to many future directors and masterworks of modern cinema. The film is widely cited as a major inspiration by the likes of Martin Scorsese, Sergio Leone, Paul Schrader, George Lucas, Brian De Palma, Peter Bogdanovich, Sam Pekinpah and many others.
Based on the 1954 novel by Alan Le May.
The Searchers Cast: John Wayne, Jeffrey Hunter, Vera Miles, Ward Bond, Natalie Wood, John Qualen