The Searchers review
Ethan Edwards (Wayne) discovers that Aaron, his wife Martha (Dorothy Jordan), and their son Ben (Robert Lyden) is dead; and Debbie and her older sister Lucy (Pippa Scott) kidnapped. He vows take revenge of the perpetrators and seek Lucy. Spectacular scenic locations and an adventurous score bring the bright techni-colored film alive. Some of the humor was light and iffy, though some were spot on. One of the flaws was the dialogue such as the letter regarding the Indians culture – “Did not have no trouble.” Somewhat redundant obviously while some of the acting silly, a bit lengthy for the simple plot and its final battle for the rescue could have been more climactic and longer instead of being abrupt. Lastly, another observation this reviewer had was that there was no proof of the abductors. Not even a glitch of evidence or history. Nevertheless, The Searchers is a landmark pioneer (and influential) for westerns because of its amazing cinematography, spiffy costumes and unique gun fights.