The Searchers (1956)

searchersThe Searchers (1956)

Directed by: John Ford

Starring: John Wayne, Jeffrey Hunter, Vera Miles


Yep, it’s a John Ford/John Wayne western. Doesn’t get any more western than that, no sir. Nope, sure are a couple titans of the genre collaborating together on a film which really helped define it. Yep. I still don’t get the appeal of westerns.

John Wayne is a racist ex-Confederate soldier who comes home from the Civil War just in time for the Comanches to kill his family and kidnap his nieces. He and Jeffrey Hunter take off for three years searching for the tribe so they can rescue their kin.

John Wayne is fun to watch, as always, and the story is involved enough that it’s easy to get into. It’s just not very complex and wasn’t all that interesting to me. You touch on Wayne’s character’s racism against the Indians and there’s a little bit of a conflict between Wayne and Hunter, but neither of those are very well developed and Hunter just comes across as a whiny little bitch. It’s pretty tough to stand up to John Wayne and seem like you’re on even footing.


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