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The Searchers -- Working together for the 12th time, John Wayne and director John Ford forged The Searchers into an indelible image of the frontier and the men and women who challenged it.
The Searchers -- As a Civil War veteran spends years searching for a young niece captured by Indians, his motivation becomes increasingly questionable.
The Searchers -- As a Civil War veteran spends years searching for a young niece captured by Indians, his motivation becomes increasingly questionable.

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Director:
Writers:
Frank S. Nugent (screenplay)
Alan Le May (from the novel by)
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Release Date:
13 March 1956 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The story that sweeps from the great Southwest to the Canadian border in VistaVision. See more »
Plot:
A Civil War veteran embarks on a journey to rescue his niece from an Indian tribe. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
2 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

John Wayne ... Ethan Edwards

Jeffrey Hunter ... Martin Pawley

Vera Miles ... Laurie Jorgensen

Ward Bond ... Rev. Capt. Samuel Johnston Clayton

Natalie Wood ... Debbie Edwards - Age 15

John Qualen ... Lars Jorgensen
Olive Carey ... Mrs. Jorgensen

Henry Brandon ... Scar

Ken Curtis ... Charlie McCorry

Harry Carey Jr. ... Brad Jorgensen

Antonio Moreno ... Emilio Gabriel Fernandez y Figueroa

Hank Worden ... Mose Harper
Beulah Archuletta ... Look
Walter Coy ... Aaron Edwards

Dorothy Jordan ... Martha Edwards

Pippa Scott ... Lucy Edwards

Patrick Wayne ... Lt. Greenhill (as Pat Wayne)

Lana Wood ... Younger Debbie Edwards
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Pipe Line Begishe ... Comanche Indian (uncredited)
Exactly Sonnie Betsuie ... Comanche Indian (uncredited)
Danny Borzage ... Accordionist at Funeral (uncredited)

Ruth Clifford ... Deranged Woman at Fort (uncredited)
Carmen D'Antonio ... Carmen (uncredited)
Tommy Doss ... Wedding Musician (uncredited)
Pete Grey Eyes ... Comanche Indian (uncredited)
Feather Hat Jr. ... Comanche Indian (uncredited)
Nacho Galindo ... Mexican Bartender (uncredited)
Chuck Hayward ... Man at Wedding (uncredited)
Jack Tin Horn ... Comanche Indian (uncredited)
Harry Black Horse ... Comanche Indian (uncredited)
Away Luna ... Comanche Indian (uncredited)
Robert Lyden ... Ben Edwards (uncredited)
Cliff Lyons ... Col. Greenhill (uncredited)
Peter Mamakos ... Jerem Futterman (uncredited)

Mae Marsh ... Dark Cloaked Woman at Fort Guarding Deranged Woman (uncredited)
Frank McGrath ... Texas Ranger (uncredited)
Bob Many Mules ... Comanche Indian (uncredited)
Jack Pennick ... Sergeant at Fort (uncredited)
Lloyd Perryman ... Wedding Musician (uncredited)
Chuck Roberson ... Texas Ranger at Wedding (uncredited)
Smile White Sheep ... Comanche Indian (uncredited)
Many Mules Son ... Comanche Indian (uncredited)
Percy Shooting Star ... Comanche Indian (uncredited)
William Steele ... Nesby (uncredited)

Chief Thundercloud ... Comanche Chief (uncredited)
Terry Wilson ... Texas Ranger (uncredited)
Billy Yellow ... Comanche Indian (uncredited)

Directed by
John Ford 
 
Writing credits
Frank S. Nugent (screenplay)

Alan Le May (from the novel by) (as Alan LeMay)

Produced by
Merian C. Cooper .... executive producer
Patrick Ford .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Max Steiner 
 
Cinematography by
Winton C. Hoch (photographed by)
 
Film Editing by
Jack Murray (film editor)
 
Art Direction by
James Basevi 
Frank Hotaling 
 
Set Decoration by
Victor A. Gangelin  (as Victor Gangelin)
 
Costume Design by
Charles Arrico (uncredited)
 
Makeup Department
Web Overlander .... makeup
Fae M. Smith .... hair dresser (as Fae Smith)
Jack Obringer .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Vera Tomei .... assistant hair stylist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Lowell J. Farrell .... production supervisor
R.L. Johnston .... assistant production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Wingate Smith .... assistant director
Gary Nelson .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Edward O'Fearna .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Dudley Holmes .... properties
Richard Brandow .... props (uncredited)
Art Cole .... assistant property master (uncredited)
William Crider .... greensman (uncredited)
William Frederickson .... swing gang (uncredited)
Larry Hogan .... swing gang (uncredited)
Richard Huhn .... greensman (uncredited)
Don Hume .... drapery man (uncredited)
Jerry Hume .... drapery man (uncredited)
Frank M. Miller .... lead man (uncredited)
Grady Willard .... construction supervisor (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Hugh McDowell Jr. .... sound (as Hugh McDowell)
Howard Wilson .... sound
Danny Daniels .... boom operator (uncredited)
Bill Ford .... cable man (uncredited)
William Griffith .... radio man (uncredited)
Joseph Keener .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Willard W. Starr .... radio man (uncredited)
Roy Steele .... boom operator (uncredited)
William Stokes .... radio man (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
George Brown .... special effects
George F. Goss .... special effects (uncredited)
A. McLish .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Bill Cartledge .... stunts (uncredited)
Philip Crawford .... stunts (uncredited)
Dick Dial .... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Hayward .... stunts (uncredited)
Bryan 'Slim' Hightower .... stunts (uncredited)
John Hudkins .... stunts (uncredited)
Fred Kennedy .... stunts (uncredited)
Cliff Lyons .... stunts (uncredited)
Frank McGrath .... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Roberson .... stunts (uncredited)
Dale Van Sickel .... stunts (uncredited)
Henry Wills .... stunts (uncredited)
Terry Wilson .... stunts (uncredited)
Billy Yellow .... stunts (uncredited)
Jack N. Young .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Alfred Gilks .... second unit photography
Alfred Baalas .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Vaughn Burns .... grip (uncredited)
Gilly Campbell .... grip (uncredited)
Joseph Edesa .... gaffer (uncredited)
Ted Fell .... camera mechanic (uncredited)
Travis Gage .... grip (uncredited)
Carl Gibson .... head grip (uncredited)
Al Green .... camera operator (uncredited)
Ralph Guthrie .... grip (uncredited)
James Hunter .... electrician (uncredited)
John E. Jacobson .... electrician (uncredited)
Bob Joannes .... camera operator (uncredited)
Alexander Kahle .... still photographer (uncredited)
Tom King .... grip (uncredited)
Bela Kovacs .... electrician (uncredited)
George Le Picard .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Norman Lindley .... electrician (uncredited)
Neil MacDonald .... best boy (uncredited)
Del L. Mort .... grip (uncredited)
Gene Polito .... technician (uncredited)
Robert Rhea .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Galin Schultz .... grip (uncredited)
Ray Sealock .... generator man (uncredited)
Eugene Testera .... electrician (uncredited)
John Vusich .... grip (uncredited)
Paul Whitcomb .... assistant grip (uncredited)
Bob Wycoff .... technician (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Frank Beetson Jr. .... wardrobe: men (as Frank Beetson)
Ann Peck .... wardrobe: women
Charles Arrico .... assistant wardrobe (uncredited)
Frank Cardinale .... assistant wardrobe (uncredited)
James Kelly .... tailor (uncredited)
Rose Viebeck .... wardrobe: females (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Murray Cutter .... orchestrations
 
Transportation Department
Ike Danning .... driver captain (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Robert Gary .... script supervisor
James Gooch .... technicolor color consultant
C.M. Florance .... location auditor (uncredited)
Ben B. Henry .... first aid (uncredited)
R.L. Hough .... location manager (uncredited)
W.F. House .... doctor (uncredited)
Albert Kraus .... timekeeper (uncredited)
Cliff Lyons .... technical man (uncredited)
Dr. Moresca .... doctor (uncredited)
John J. Sewell .... location auditor (uncredited)
Dr. Smilkstein .... doctor (uncredited)
Meta Stern .... dialogue supervisor (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


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Runtime:
119 min
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Language:
Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.75 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:G | Brazil:12 | Canada:G (British Columbia/Nova Scotia/Quebec) | Canada:G (Manitoba) | Canada:F (Ontario) | Finland:K-12 | Finland:K-11/9 (2001 reform re-rating) | Finland:K-12/9 (2012 reform re-rating) | Iceland:L | Norway:12 | Portugal:M/6 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:12 (2003) | Sweden:15 | UK:U (passed with cuts) | UK:U (re-release: uncut) (2008) | USA:TV-G (TV rating) | USA:Approved (certificate #17787) | West Germany:12 (nf)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
During filming, a Navajo child became seriously ill with pneumonia and needed urgent medical attention. John Wayne had his own airplane on location and had his pilot take the little girl to hospital. For his deed, the Navajo's named him "The Man With The Big Eagle".See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: As the cavalry approaches and begins to cross the snow-covered river to the left, an automobile appears and drives to the right-hand corner of the shot and stops just beyond a tree.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
[seeing a horseman in the distance]
Aaron Edwards:Ethan?
Debbie Edwards:Hush, Prince.
Lucy Edwards:That's your Uncle Ethan!
Martha Edwards:[he approaches] Welcome home, Ethan!
See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004)See more »
Soundtrack:
The Yellow Rose of TexasSee more »

FAQ

Did Ethan and Martha have an affair?
Is this based on a true story?
What are the words written on Ethan and Aaron's mother's headstone that Debbie sits next to?
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25 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
The Forbidden Look Into The Past, 7 July 2015
Author: Archangel Michael from United States

Spoilers Ahead:

Come with us to the world you can never see. The sanitized, decadent, self loathing Dances With Wolves served as the template for a plethora of lying self hating films which depict white Europeans as the repository of all evil and all others as pure goodness and light. The Last Samurai, Avatar, The Last Of The Mohicans, are all congruent with this theme. Here, experience the terror of being all alone on the frontier surrounded by hostile native Americans not bringing you gifts. The film is a time machine back to a past you are not allowed to see. The mutual hatred is very historically accurate. Wayne and Ward Bond are great in the movie. Wayne hates for a reason; you soon experience it when everyone but Natalie Wood is slaughtered. Hunter is disliked just for even being part enemy. Gradually, he earns Wayne's respect but it doesn't happen overnight. The scenery and the realism of such an old movie are breathtaking. Despite being sixty years old, watch the husband of one of the massacred when he learns that Wayne found her broken body, rides in to his death, just to take a few with him. Look, I only own this and True Grit, I love the latter but this towers over it. The intensity and the authenticity unapologetically set it apart. Experience the terror of the doomed family as the sun sets and they hear them coming.

Watch this after seeing Dances With Wolves. Another great modern movie made by a French director just to answer the whitewash of Wolves is Black Robe. See, people of all colors are equally evil. One color does not have the monopoly on goodness. One of the favorite methods of execution of those saints, visited upon settlers or captured Europeans, was to tie one leg to trees bent to the ground pointing in opposite directions. I would tell you to read a history book but those are sanitized also. Try finding one written before 1980, see what you cannot know. The movie moves well, has great acting and photography. It is lightened from its unrelenting grim tone by the romance between Miles and Hunter. The latter is not exactly a ladies man and drives Miles nuts by being clueless how to properly court a woman.

Moses and his obsession with owning a rocking chair is another source of humor. Jeff Chandler does a great job portraying Scar as a mean, sadistic monster. The key to discerning true from false, when studying the past, is spoken by gunnery sergeant Hartman in Full Metal Jacket. There is no racial bigotry here; here you are all equally worthless. That is the touchstone, friends. Whenever you are watching a movie that depicts one race of people as being better than another; the movie is mind control. The movie shows unflinchingly the effects of being captured by these saints for a long period of time. As Ethan tries to find Wood, he comes upon a post where some have been rescued. They are not singing happy songs or sitting around the fire drinking coffee. The hatred, that was mutual, believe it or not, is delineated well. Chandler brandishing his lodge pole in front of Ethan with the scalps of his loved ones on it did not make him want to become one. See the beginning of Wolves where Costner visits the drunken, suicidal commander is the essence of the movie. The core of decadence is: self loathing. They kill their God, morals and family; they are walking ash heaps trying to idealize other's cultures to relieve their guilt about stealing them.

The movie is Wayne's best because it is relatively devoid of the brainless bravado that marks most of his movies. There is a bit of it at the end but no long scenes of his shooting fifty men with one or two other men. The movie is a one of a kind look into a past that has been erased by Big Brother. In the interests of multicultural harmony, the past must be rewritten, another reason books are disappearing and libraries are turning into computer centers. Watch it while you still can, it will not be here much longer, trust me. I also recommend Black Robe, a very good antidote to Dances With Self Hating Decadent Fools.

"He Who Controls The Past Controls The Future." George Orwell

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