Dunson leads a cattle drive, the culmination of over 14 years of work, to its destination in Missouri. But his tyrannical behavior along the way causes a mutiny, led by his adopted son.

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Fourteen years after starting his cattle ranch in Texas, Tom Dunston is finally ready to drive his 10,000 head of cattle to market. Back then Dunston, his sidekick Nadine Groot and a teen-aged boy, Matt Garth -who was the only survivor of an Indian attack on a wagon train - started off with only two head of cattle. The nearest market however is in Missouri, a 1000 miles away. Dunston is a hard task master demanding a great deal from the men who have signed up for the drive. Matt is a grown man now and fought in the Civil War. He has his own mind as well and he soon runs up against the stubborn Dunston who won't listen to advice from anyone. Soon, the men on the drive are taking sides and Matt ends up in charge with Dunston vowing to kill him. Written by garykmcd

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The River Is Red  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

To get the impressive shot of Dunson surveying his vast herd, the camera was placed on a motorized turntable so it always moved at the same speed. The shot began with him at a fencepost and panned across the cattle until it came to another fencepost. The camera was then stopped while the available cattle were moved into the next segment of the shot, then started again. This was repeated until the camera moves back to him, giving the impression that he was looking out at many times more cattle than they actually had on location. See more »

Goofs

Matthew Garth seems to beat Thomas Dunson to the draw in a mock contest orchestrated by Dunston and Groot Nadine. However the gun is already in Garth's right hand in order to fool the audience, as evidenced by the his empty holster as he walks away. See more »

Quotes

Thomas Dunson: We brought nothing into this world and it's certain we can carry nothing out.
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Referenced in Assault on Precinct 13 (1976) See more »

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Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie
(a.k.a. "The Cowboy's Lament") (uncredited)
Traditional American ballad
Instrumental version is heard during burial scenes
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Great Movie

I love westerns and this is one of my favorites. But it isn't just a shoot-'em-up flick. This movie is a story about relationships particularly ones between fathers and sons. This is also about the struggle of growing up in a tough world. Montgomery Clift, John Wayne, and Walter Brennan are excellent actors and play their parts beautifully. Montgomery plays the son of cattle baron Thomas Dunson(Wayne).Dunson adopted Matthew Garth (Clift) after his parents died tragically. Together with Groot Nadine (with Brennan) build a cattle empire. When it's time to drive the cattle north for shipment they start the drive but new secrets are revealed as the drive continues and Garth takes the cattle to Kansas to a railroad station and Dunson pursues. The landscape shots in this film are also excellent.


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