Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film
Directors Guild of America
Contains scenes of magnificence, and one of John Wayne's best performances.


The Searchers

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THE SEARCHERS- 60th Anniversary

One of the finest collaborations of John Wayne and director John Ford is also one of the most influential and admired Westerns in history. At the time of its release,
The New York Times’ Bosley Crowther called it “a rip-snorting Western,” but its reputation grew in later years. In 2008 the American Film Institute named it the greatest of all Westerns. Its story of obsession and revenge influenced many later directors, including Martin Scorsese and Paul Schrader, and George Lucas imitated one of the film’s most haunting scenes in Star Wars. Wayne plays Ethan Edwards, a bitter Civil War veteran who is determined to track down the Comanches who murdered his brother’s family and abducted his two nieces. The Monument Valley locations where the movie was filmed are now iconic, and Wayne’s portrayal of the relentless, bigoted Edwards is one of his richest performances. The supporting cast includes Jeffrey Hunter, Vera Miles, Ward Bond, and Natalie Wood. Special guest speaker will be Wood’s younger sister, Lana Wood, who plays little Debbie, the girl kidnapped by the Comanches, in the film’s opening
section. Wood’s other credits include many popular TV series and her role as a Bond girl in
Diamonds Are Forever. Screens Sunday, August 14, at 2:15 PM.
Not Rated
Action, Drama, Western
John Ford
Vera Miles, Ward Bond, Natalie Wood
Nominee, Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film, Directors Guild of America
Bosley Crowther, New York Times

APPROPRIATELY, C. V. Whitney, the distinguished turfman, is making his debut as a producer of motion pictures with a horse opera, directed by John Ford. This, in the realm of motion pictures, is like having a favorite three-year-old going in the Kentucky Derby with Eddie Arcaro or Dave Erb up. Thus ...

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