The Searchers

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After a long three-year absence, the battle-scarred Confederate veteran of the American Civil War, Ethan Edwards, turns up on the remote and dusty Texan homestead of his brother, Aaron. In high hopes of finding peace, instead, the taciturn former soldier will embark on a treacherous five-year odyssey of retribution, when the ruthless Chief Scar's murderous Comanche raiding party massacre his family, burn the ranch to the ground and abduct his nine-year-old niece, Debbie. Driven by hatred of Indians, Ethan and his young companion, Martin Pawley, ride through the unforgiving desert to track down their lost Debbie; however, is the woman they lost and the prisoner in Scar's teepee still the same woman the searchers seek?

Director: John Ford
Writer: Frank S. Nugent (screenplay), Alan Le May (from the novel by)
Production: N/A
Year: 1956
MetaScore: 94/100
ImdbRating: 7.9
BoxOffice: N/A
Released: 26 May 1956
Awards: Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 3 nominations.


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Ethan Edwards - John Wayne
Martin Pawley - Jeffrey Hunter
Laurie Jorgensen - Vera Miles
Rev. Capt. Samuel Johnston Clayton - Ward Bond
Debbie Edwards - Age 15 - Natalie Wood
Lars Jorgensen - John Qualen
Mrs. Jorgensen - Olive Carey
Charlie McCorry - Ken Curtis
Brad Jorgensen - Harry Carey Jr.
Emilio Gabriel Fernandez y Figueroa - Antonio Moreno
Mose Harper - Hank Worden
Aaron Edwards - Walter Coy
Martha Edwards - Dorothy Jordan
Lucy Edwards - Pippa Scott
Lt. Greenhill - Patrick Wayne
Younger Debbie Edwards - Lana Wood
Wedding Guest - Gertrude Astor
Comanche Indian - Pipe Line Begishe
Comanche Indian - Exactly Sonnie Betsuie
Accordionist at Funeral - Danny Borzage
Deranged Woman at Fort - Ruth Clifford
Wedding Musician - Tommy Doss
Comanche Indian - Pete Grey Eyes
Comanche Indian - Feather Hat Jr.
Mexican Bartender - Nacho Galindo
Man at Wedding - Chuck Hayward
Comanche Indian - Jack Tin Horn
Comanche Indian - Harry Black Horse
Comanche Indian - Away Luna
Ben Edwards - Robert Lyden
Col. Greenhill - Cliff Lyons
Jerem Futterman - Peter Mamakos
Dark Cloaked Woman at Fort Guarding Deranged Woman - Mae Marsh
Texas Ranger - Frank McGrath
Comanche Indian - Bob Many Mules
Sergeant at Fort - Jack Pennick
Wedding Musician - Lloyd Perryman
Dog - Prince
Texas Ranger at Wedding - Chuck Roberson
Comanche Indian - Smile White Sheep
Comanche Indian - Many Mules Son
Comanche Indian - Percy Shooting Star
Comanche Chief - Chief Thundercloud
Texas Ranger - Terry Wilson
Comanche Indian - Billy Yellow