An embittered Civil War veteran and his adopted nephew embark on a five year search for his nieces, who were kidnapped by Comanche Indians after killing their family. View more >
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"the Searchers" is one of the best western I ever saw. Not only that, but it's my favorite John Wayne movie of all time. Wayne plays Ethan Edwards, a man who is a quest to find those who killed his family and the kidnapping of his daughter. this is a differnt side of John Wayne. He plays a person that is out for revenge for what the indians did to his family. This is one powerful movie. I can recalled seeing this movie on the night of September 11, 2001. When the terrorist attacked this country, leaving the world trade Center in ruin and many lives lost. I saw that movie on AMC. And I feel as if I along with the millions of people who saw this tragic day are all have the anger as Ethan Edwards, but some can only watched the tragic events before our eyes. Movies like "the Searchers" is a lesson in how we react to revenge and how in the end, we can get this tragedy behind us and learn to live again.
If you call yourself a fan of movies, this should be on your must-see list. It's one of those movies that probably can't be fully appreciated in one viewing, but even if you see it just once, it will stick with you.
John Wayne considers his role as Ethan Edwards to be the best of his career, and it's difficult to dispute that. The Duke shows a range in his acting that many casual movie fans may not be aware of. There's a mix of drama, action, and some humor to keep things from getting too dark. John Ford creates a movie that is unmatched by many others.
If you're doubting whether a movie made in 1956 could be any good to someone more than 50 years later, keep in mind that Steven Spielberg has said that he watches four movies every time he starts a new project, and one of them is "The Searchers."
Do yourself a favor and sit down to watch this movie, or better yet, see it in a movie theater. If you don't agree that it's a great movie, watch it again after doing some reading about it. If you still don't agree, you should question your ability to appreciate great moviemaking.
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