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Red River

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  Red River Review
Tookey's Rating
8 /10
Average Rating
8.63 /10
John Wayne , Montgomery Clift , Joanne Dru
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Directed by: Howard Hawks
Written by: Borden Chase, Charles Schnee, from story by Borden Chase

Released: 1948
Origin: US
Colour: BW
Length: 133

An authoritarian cattleman (John Wayne, pictured left) and his more liberal adopted son (Montgomery Clift, pictured right) fall out during and after a cattle drive.
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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Brave American pioneers are sorely beset by hordes of cruel Comanche Indians in this traditional western on a grand scale. Some film textbooks record that this received poor reviews on release, but the truth is that it was received favourably. The view of Indians is far from sympathetic and now looks naive, but this remains an outstanding western of the 40s - and not just because it's full of scenic grandeur and impressive set-pieces, especially the cattle stampede. The relationship between the two protagonists (which owes a lot to The Mutiny on the Bounty ) is well written and strongly played; Clift's performance won the critical attention, but Wayne is at least as impressive. Christian Nyby's editing was Oscar-nominated; Russell Harlan’s photography and Dimitri Tiomkin's score should have been.

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