The Searchers (1956)


“Figure a man’s only good for one oath at a time; I took mine to the Confederate States of America.” – Ethan

Number of Times Seen – 2 (30 Jun 2000 and 13 Jun 2017)

Brief Synopsis – A former Confederate soldier undertakes the mission of rescuing his two young nieces after they are kidnapped by Indians.

My Take on it – I saw this film years ago and enjoyed it, but I didn’t remember much of it so I decided to take a look at it once more in order to refresh my memory.

I was blown away at how amazing this story was because it works on so many different levels.; it’s a great cowboys and Indian tale, it’s a mystery that the main character is trying to solve, it’s an emotional roller-coaster for all involved because it takes place over such a long period of time and it is both a story of love and revenge wrapped into one.

John Wayne is superb here and this might be one of his finest roles ever because his character is so emotional in every thing he does.

The pacing of the story is great because it is done as a mystery where the characters are slowly gathering pieces to the grand puzzle yet never really know how long or how far they must go to reveal the next one or what the eventual solution may be.

This is one of the very best Westerns ever made because it has such an emotional impact on the viewer and isn’t just a cowboy and Indian showdown and is extremely cerebral.

Bottom Line – Such an amazing story that works on so many levels.  Wayne is superb here and this is truly one of his best and most emotional roles. The story moves along at a great pace and we really feel as if he is slowly gathering pieces of a puzzle in order to fulfill his promise in finding his lost nieces. One of the best Westerns made because it’s story is so emotional instead of feeling superficial. Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Considering the part of Ethan Edwards to be the best character that he ever portrayed on-screen and The Searchers (1956) to be his favorite film role, John Wayne named his youngest son Ethan Wayne in homage. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy

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