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The Searchers [DVD Boxset] [Special Edition]

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  • DVD
  • 2 discs
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • A classic Western regarded by many as the best of the genre, John Ford's THE SEARCHERS has been acknowledged by several directors who came into their own in the 1970s, including Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, Paul Schrader, and George Lucas, as a powerful influence on their work. The film stars John Wayne as Ethan Edwards, a case-hardened Civil War veteran returning to his brother Aaron's (Walter Coy) Texas home in 1868. When Rev. Samuel Johnson Clayton (Ward Bond) arrives to raise a posse to run down the Comanche who have stolen the cattle of neighbor Lars Jorgenson (John Qualen), Ethan is among those who join him. They return to find the Edwards family slaughtered and the two girls, Lucy (Pippa Scott) and Debbie (Natalie Wood), missing. The posse continues to search for the girls but turns back as winter settles in. However, Ethan and his reluctantly accepted companion, Martin Pawley (Jeffrey Hunter), the girls' part-Cherokee stepbrother, press on for another seven years, with the Indian-hating veteran becoming ever more fanatical as the hard seasons pass. In his epic meditation on racism, obsession, paranoia, and the myth of the West, Ford explores the ugly underside of a genre that he had imbued with optimism in his early career. Wayne gives perhaps his most powerful performance as the embittered Edwards, but it's the visual poetry of what are possibly Ford's most carefully framed, lit, and composed images that shape this masterwork from beginning to end. As Wayne walks through the doorway at the film's end, he grabs his elbow in a tribute to his and Ford's close friend Harry Carey Sr., a Western film icon who had passed away a few years before.
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 28918

  • Credits
    John Wayne, Marion Michael Morrison, Duke Morrison, Jeffrey Hunter, Vera Miles, Vera Ralston, Ward Bond, Natalie Wood, Natasha Gurdin, John Qualen, Olive Carey, Henry Brandon
  • Critic Reviews
    "...Heads many a list of all-time cinematic favorites....Stunning..."
    New York Times

    "...An audience favorite from the beginning -- and a creative influence on a generation of filmmakers..."
    USA Today

    "...THE SEARCHERS contains scenes of magnificence, and one of John Wayne's best performances. There are shots that are astonishingly beautiful..."
    Chicago Sun-Times

    "...A masterpiece..."
    Total Film

    "...The Western that bowled over a generation of film schoolers, from Lucas to Scorsese to Spielberg..."
    Entertainment Weekly

    4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]ender and insightful. It will cut you up."
    Total Film

    5 stars out of 5 -- "Ford's picture is relentlessly unpretentious; tackling Big Themes without neon-slicking them or telling us what to think."
    Total Film

    5 stars out of 5 -- "It's a thoughtful, and rather dark piece....Ford used Monument Valley as a canvas for the breathtaking photography."
    Ultimate DVD

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