Friday, November 9, 2012


Westerns do not appear frequently on my movie rewatch list. There are definitely some classics out there but in my experience, they tend to follow fairly similar storylines and there are only so many "Cowboy and Indian " type chases you can watch.
Having said this, there are a couple in this genre that I really love - "The Searchers" (1956) is one of them. In fact, this movie is one of my all-time favourites regardless of genre.
"The Searchers" is so much more than just a Western. The themes of racism and revenge and family bonds are very strong throughout.
Set initially in Texas in 1868 during the Texas-Indian wars, Ethan Edwards (John Wayne) and his adoptive nephew, Marty (Jeffrey Hunter) spend years searching for Ethan's niece Debbie (Lana Wood / Natalie Wood) who is abducted by Comanches during an attack on her family home.
There are so many memorable moments in this film which has deservedly been called the greatest Western of all time. Excellent in every way.


1 comment:

librarygirl said...

B just watched this with J a few weeks ago.... I must re-watch too. I still remember with horror the older sister screaming when she realises what's about to happen and the little Natalie being sent to hide in the family graveyard. Haunting.