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Directed by: John Ford
Written by: Frank S. Nugent from the novel by Alan le May

Released: 1956
Origin: US
Length: 119


Racist Confederate war veteran (John Wayne) searches for the Indians who murdered his brother and sister-in-law and abducted his niece (Natalie Wood).

Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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Former film critic Frank S. Nugent contributes a memorably dark screenplay to this classic John Ford picture, which received mixed reviews on release but is now generally considered a masterpiece. Ford skilfully switches points-of-view throughout the film, which holds the interest despite its length. Winton Hoch's landscape photography is magnificent, and extends beyond familiar Fordian locations like Monument Valley; unfortunately, it is rather wasted on TV.
The aspect which makes this look the most modern of Ford's westerns is its anti-hero, Ethan Edwards. He is a complex, obsessive character, an odd mixture of good and bad, and he's played with absolute conviction by Wayne, in one of his strongest performances. The film received Oscar nominations for Best Score (Max Steiner) and Editing (Jack Murray).

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