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Snoogans 03/03/2014 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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The best collaboration between Wayne and Ford. A rough and dirty western made with grandeur and scope. Wayne plays a different kind of hero, one who lacks empathy in certain situations and shows deep seeded racism. There's a smooth balance between the rousing action, sincere drama, and light comedy. A thoroughly entertaining journey.

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Mark 02/20/2014 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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John Wayne and John Ford made some of the best westerns ever brought to the silver screen, and this one is easily the best, in fact, it is one of the top five best westerns ever made, period. Wayne plays the dark and brooding Ethan who spends years searching for his niece who has been kidnapped by Indians. His hatred for Indians and fear that his niece has been turned into one, keeps you wondering until the end what his decisions will be. A great supporting cast with Jeffrey Hunter, and Ward Bond add some comic relief to this classic. If you are not a Duke fan but like westerns, this is a must see, and if you are a fan, well I'm sure you have seen it many times over.

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Yojimbo 01/05/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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2.5/4 

John Ford and John Wayne made many superb westerns together and this is lauded as the best ever made. A little generous I think, but this is still an intelligent and beautifully shot film about obsession, racism and revenge.

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mitchellyoung 09/11/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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3.5/4 

John Wayne embodies the role of a grizzled cowboy tracker and spits out some of his most memorable lines. The landscape is photographed beautifully and John Ford presents an iconic and nuanced portrait of broken characters in a vast Western setting that is haunting and adventurous, simultaneously.

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donkeyknight 05/03/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Now _this_ I can understand why people call a classic. "What do I have to do, draw you a picture?!" Nope, what we don't see imprints itself on the mind just as much as the gorgeous landscapes and the conflicted characters. Will this movie ever be forgotten? "That'll be the day."

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woody 04/03/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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3.5/4 

John Wayne is enjoyably irascible and brutish as Ethan Edwards in this classic western. Jeffrey Hunter as the wanna-be nephew Ethan inexplicably shuns is a bit annoying, as is Vera Miles as Hunter's pining gal back home. The injuns are mostly evil savages, a Mexican senorita pointlessly twirls around a cantina with castanets, and a Swedish farmer has a silly cliche accent--but aside from these quibbles, it's a wonderful story, well-directed by John Ford. It's worth watching for the Monument Valley backdrop alone. (The story's set in Texas, but that landscape is Utah/Arizona all the way.)

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sodapop 02/14/2008 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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The Duke in an undoubtedly complex and yes, emotionally versatile role. His most in fact. Give it a watch even if you aren't one for westerns or Mr. Wayne.

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Alex 02/04/2007 (0 of 1 found this helpful)

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4/4 

One of the best westerns of all time, John Wayne is perfect. The plot and direction are great and the character interactions are real. If you are a western fan, you will not be let down if you see this one!

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