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Red River (1948)

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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Fen (as Colleen Gray)
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Mr. Melville (as Harry Carey Sr.)
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Quo (as Chief Yowlatchie)
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Teeler Yacey
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Old Leather (as Hal Talliaferro)
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Storyline

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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In 25 Years, Only Three! "The Covered Wagon", "Cimarron" and now Howard Hawks' "Red River" See more »


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Release Date:

17 September 1948 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The River Is Red  »

Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

There is a Red River Computer Co. in New Hampshire whose founders named their business after the movie. See more »

Goofs

During the cattle stampede, Dunson, Matt and the other cowboys saddle up and try to turn the herd. Process shots of each cowboys are inserted in the scene. Every cowboy is riding the same dummy horse and saddle with a very large Mexican saddlehorn. See more »

Quotes

[Groot loses his false teeth to Quo in a poker game]
Groot Nadine: Now wait a minute, Quo. You really ain't gonna take a man's only set of teeth, are you?
Quo: Uh huh.
Groot Nadine: Yeah, but I gotta use 'em for eating!
Quo: Come grub, you get 'em.
Groot Nadine: What are you gonna do with 'em.
Quo: My name now Two Jaw Quo.
Groot Nadine: Two Jaw Quo. That's what I get for playing with an injun.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: Among the annals of the great state of Texas may be found the story of the first drive on the famous Chisholm Trail. A story of one of the great cattle herds of the world, of a man and a boy--Thomas Dunson and Matthew Garth, the story of the Red River D. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Culpepper Cattle Co. (1972) See more »

Soundtracks

Turkey in the Straw
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User Reviews

 
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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