1956 western movie about a Confederate veteran searching for his niece who had been captured by the Comanches

The Searchers is a 1956 American Technicolor VistaVision Western film directed by John Ford, based on the 1954 novel by Alan Le May, set during the Texas-Indian wars, and starring John Wayne as a middle-aged War Between the States veteran who spends years looking for his abducted niece (Natalie Wood), accompanied by his adoptive nephew (Jeffrey Hunter). Critic Roger Ebert found Wayne's character, Ethan Edwards, "one of the most compelling characters Ford and Wayne ever created".

Cast and Crew

John WayneEthan Edwards
Natalie WoodDebbie Edwards
John FordDirector

Video Products

The Searchers, 18 May 2004
Widescreen

Articles

Freedom's Flicks: The 20 Best Libertarian Movies of all Time, Nov 1999
The Orange County Register picks movies for "freedom lovers"
"13. The Searchers (1956). The Duke makes our list again in John Ford's epic, playing the fiercely individualistic Ethan Edwards."

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