The Searchers Movie Information

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Overall Rank: 314

Average Rating: 3.1/4

# of Ratings: 216

Theatrical Release Date: 03/13/1956

Language: English

Genre: Western

MPAA Rating: NR

Director: John Ford

Actors: John Wayne, Natalie Wood, Jeffrey Hunter, Vera Miles, John Qualen, Ward Bond

Plot: A civil war veteran searchers for years for his niece who was possibly captured by Indians as the inspiration for his motivation is in question.

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SIngli6 - wrote on 12/28/2020

I don't think you can get sexier than Jeffrey Hunter's boyish charm in this movie. Not much else to say, really. It's a great story with a great ending and a charismatic performance from John Wayne, and here I am preoccupied with how hot Jeffrey Hunter is. Says more about me than it does this solid classic.

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SteelCity99 - wrote on 04/21/2018

The stunning comeback of the strongest western Hollywood duo (Ford & Wayne) since the everlasting Stagecoach (1939), The Searchers has all of the classic and required elements in order to be a memorable legend among its genre. The wonderful thing about Golden Age dramas was that they, although melodramatically, touched family and moral topics that nowadays are forgotten. This feature-film, as a unique western, praises that as well. 97/100

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Snoogans - wrote on 03/03/2014

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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Matthew Brady - wrote on 08/22/2016


The Searchers is a timeless western classic that completely hooked me from the minute it starts. John Ford shows us how Western is done by it's breathtaking landscapes, haunting scenes and the best ending to a film I've ever seen.

John Wayne gives the performance of his career as Ethan and I don't think his other performances can top that, but then again, my mind might change. John Wayne is the soul of Western and I don't care what anyone says to change that. He's so iconic that even people who haven't seen his movies still know the famous cow boy image of John Wayne.

But I've heard a lot of issues from people with the character of Ethan. People thought the character was racist, unlikable or just a prick. Well his mother was killed by comanches, he lost the woman he loved …

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Daniel Corleone - wrote on 05/15/2012

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 …

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