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Howard Hawks


John Wayne
Montgomery Clift
Walter Brennan
John Ireland
Joanne Dru
Coleen Gray





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A cattle drive turns sour when the family begins to fight. They fight off other enemies including nature and humans.

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Snoogans 08/11/2014 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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One of the earlier big westerns. The production has a nice 'classic' feel to it. I very much enjoyed the performances from the main actors, Wayne and Clift. Their core conflict gradually surfaces, giving us a dilemma between characters where you can sympathize with both sides. You may not agree with Wayne's harsh methods, but it's easy to see his reasoning. A story worth investing in. There's also plenty of the usual cowboy tropes you'd expect. The mass amount of cattle on screen at any given time is still a great sight. A well done piece that every western fan should see.

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mitchellyoung 05/30/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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With some panoramic and epic cattle driving sequences and one of John Wayne's more scenery-chewing performances, Red River is responsible for pioneering a lot of now-classic staples of the Western genre. Occasionally, the film bites off more than it can chew (the love story subplot feels rushes and the passage of fifteen years occurs in a literal blink of an eye,) but the powerful struggle between Wayne and Clift's characters anchors the film.

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Alex 07/02/2007 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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One of the better westerns, and possibly my favorite Wayne western (though "Searchers" was really good as well). The black and white tone cinematography is fantastic and so is the relationship of Clift and Wayne. A Western favorite.

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Finally got to see a true Western classic beloved by many fan and critics (namey the late great Ebert) alike. A film that mainly focuses on the bossy Thomas Dunson (John Wayne) and the partial swift quick drawer Matthew Garth (adult Montgomery Clift). Some minor observations that hamper the rating would be its length (for such a simple plot), lack of clarity with the messages shown regarding their journey, too many subplots/characters which lack depth and the love angle with Tess Millay (Joanne Dru). I believe the character of Tess could have been inserted earlier to keep things light since she does make an impact in the fitting conclusion. John Wayne was pretty solid in his portrayal of a man transformed because of circumstances and Clift was wonderful as well. The cinematography an...

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