History Film / RedRiver

21st May '17 1:19:57 PM jamespolk
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Many years later, Matt (Montgomery Clift) returns from the UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar at a time when Dunson and the other farmers are in trouble because there is no buyer in Texas for their cattle. So the farmers pool their herds together for a 10,000-head drive to Missouri on what will be known as the Chisholm Trail under Dunson's leadership. Since Dunson in the prologue had not hesitated to shoot off the rightful Mexican owner of part of his land, it comes as no surprise that he runs the drive a bit harshly when times are tough. Although there are plenty of dangers and hairy moments on the drive, including a big stampede, to make this ''somewhat'' understandable, Dunson does not exactly behave rationally after a while, for instance in his outright refusal to change the direction to Abilene, which is nearer and where a new railhead has just been opened.

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Many years later, Matt (Montgomery Clift) (Creator/MontgomeryClift) returns from the UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar at a time when Dunson and the other farmers are in trouble because there is no buyer in Texas for their cattle. So the farmers pool their herds together for a 10,000-head drive to Missouri on what will be known as the Chisholm Trail under Dunson's leadership. Since Dunson in the prologue had not hesitated to shoot off the rightful Mexican owner of part of his land, it comes as no surprise that he runs the drive a bit harshly when times are tough. Although there are plenty of dangers and hairy moments on the drive, including a big stampede, to make this ''somewhat'' understandable, Dunson does not exactly behave rationally after a while, for instance in his outright refusal to change the direction to Abilene, which is nearer and where a new railhead has just been opened.
10th May '17 6:26:43 PM BillWoods
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Remarkable as the first movie in which John Wayne played a character with greater depth, an aging man, and a larger-than-life borderline {{Ubermensch}}. On first seeing it, Creator/JohnFord famously commented: "Hey, the S.O.B. can act!" Ford would go on to use Wayne in a similar way in ''Film/TheSearchers'', and it is perhaps significant that critics have likened the Duke's character in both these films to Captain Ahab from ''Literature/MobyDick''. Originally Hawks wanted to cast Creator/GaryCooper in the lead, but Cooper demanded the screenplay be changed in order to make his character more sympathetic, so Hawks offered the part to Wayne instead. Which turned out a good thing, because not only could Wayne teach Hawks a thing or two about filming Westerns, but he also was instrumental in getting the budget doubled to $1.5 million.

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Remarkable as the first movie in which John Wayne played a character with greater depth, an aging man, and a larger-than-life borderline {{Ubermensch}}. On first seeing it, Creator/JohnFord famously commented: "Hey, "[[SugarWiki/HeReallyCanAct Hey, the S.O.B. can act!" act!]]" Ford would go on to use Wayne in a similar way in ''Film/TheSearchers'', and it is perhaps significant that critics have likened the Duke's character in both these films to Captain Ahab from ''Literature/MobyDick''. Originally Hawks wanted to cast Creator/GaryCooper in the lead, but Cooper demanded the screenplay be changed in order to make his character more sympathetic, so Hawks offered the part to Wayne instead. Which turned out a good thing, because not only could Wayne teach Hawks a thing or two about filming Westerns, but he also was instrumental in getting the budget doubled to $1.5 million.



* DeadpanSnarker: This being a HowardHawks film, it's a WorldOfSnark. Everyone from Dunson to Groot to Matt to Cherry to Tess to Quo.

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* DeadpanSnarker: This being a HowardHawks Howard Hawks film, it's a WorldOfSnark. Everyone from Dunson to Groot to Matt to Cherry to Tess to Quo.



* RecycledINSPACE: The writers admitted that the film was ''Film/MutinyOnTheBounty'' with cows.

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* RecycledINSPACE: The writers admitted that the film was ''Film/MutinyOnTheBounty'' ''Film/MutinyOnTheBounty'', with cows.



* SexyDiscretionShot: Tess and Matt meet up when he's on night watch, they have a heart-to-heart...and then we fade to them laying back and flirting.
** Later on, when she shows up in his hotel room to warn him Dunson's coming, it's followed by a BigDamnKiss...and then a fade to another scene.

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* SexyDiscretionShot: Tess and Matt meet up when he's on night watch, they have a heart-to-heart...heart-to-heart ... and then we fade to them laying back and flirting.
** Later on, when she shows up in his hotel room to warn him Dunson's coming, it's followed by a BigDamnKiss...BigDamnKiss ... and then a fade to another scene.



* SpiritedYoungLady: Tess Millay, the ladylike, elegant...and ''sassy'' ProfessionalGambler who doesn't bat an eye when ''shot by an arrow''.

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* SpiritedYoungLady: Tess Millay, the ladylike, elegant...elegant ... and ''sassy'' ProfessionalGambler who doesn't bat an eye when ''shot by an arrow''.



* SweetTooth: One of Dunson's men has a prediliction for stealing sugar from the chuck wagon, which has disastrous consequences when his clattering one night rouses the skittish cattle to stampede.

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* SweetTooth: One of Dunson's men has a prediliction predilection for stealing sugar from the chuck wagon, which has disastrous consequences when his clattering one night rouses the skittish cattle to stampede.
18th Apr '17 8:01:07 AM DamagedHorse
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* ChekhovsGun: One of the cowboys has a habit of stealing from the sugar supply. Eventually he knocks over a bunch of pans while stealing sugar, causing the cattle to stampede;.

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* ChekhovsGun: One of the cowboys has a habit of stealing from the sugar supply. Eventually he knocks over a bunch of pans while stealing sugar, causing the cattle to stampede;.stampede.
18th Apr '17 8:00:17 AM DamagedHorse
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* CampCook: Goot, though ''some'' may disagree.

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* CampCook: Goot, Groot, though ''some'' may disagree.
16th Jan '17 3:39:18 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* BlackAndGrayMorality: Cherry's morality was always a little shaky until his HeelFaceTurn at the end. And Mr. Dunson kept spiraling downward up until the very end.

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* BigBad: Tom Dunson.
* BlackAndGrayMorality: Cherry's morality was always a little shaky until his HeelFaceTurn at the end. And Mr. Dunson kept spiraling spiralling downward up until the very end.
31st Dec '16 2:17:05 PM jamespolk
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* TheMutiny: ''Red River'' has been described as "''Literature/MutinyOnTheBounty'' on the prairie". Dunson's increasingly erratic and tyrannical behavior leads to Matt taking control of the cattle drive and going to Abilene instead of Missouri. The last straw is when Dunson says he's going to hang three men who tried to leave the party.

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* TheMutiny: ''Red River'' has been described as "''Literature/MutinyOnTheBounty'' "''Film/MutinyOnTheBounty'' on the prairie". Dunson's increasingly erratic and tyrannical behavior leads to Matt taking control of the cattle drive and going to Abilene instead of Missouri. The last straw is when Dunson says he's going to hang three men who tried to leave the party.
26th Sep '16 6:46:55 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* AlliterativeTitle
* AnimalStampede: The CattleDrive that forms the main plot is interrupted by a stampede. Many cattle are lost, a man is killed, and Dunson starts growing more erratic under the pressure.



* InTheStyleOf: It seems like Creator/HowardHawks was trying to make a Creator/JohnFord western.



* MacGuffinEscortMission: The plot revolves around a CattleDrive.



* {{Rancher}} Tom Dunson.

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* {{Rancher}} Tom Dunson.RecycledINSPACE: The writers admitted that the film was ''Film/MutinyOnTheBounty'' with cows.
* RetiredGunfighter
* {{Retirony}}: Harry Carey's character talks about what he's going to do with the money he gets when the cattle drive is over. He talks about buying a home and getting his wife a pair of fancy red shoes. He's dead five minutes later.
17th May '16 5:58:36 PM RushLimborg
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* ProfessionalGambler: Tess and her troupe.
17th May '16 5:57:35 PM RushLimborg
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* SpiritedYoungLady: Tess Millay, the ladylike, elegant...and ''sassy'' ProfessionalGambler who doesn't bat an eye when ''shot by an arrow''.
2nd Apr '16 9:09:48 PM jamespolk
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Not to be confused with the {{time travel}}ling [[Manga/AnatoliaStory Shoujo Manga]] of the same name.

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Not to be confused with the {{time travel}}ling [[Manga/AnatoliaStory Shoujo Manga]] of the same name.
name. Film debut of Montgomery Clift, although the long delay after production wrapped meant that Clift's second film, ''Film/TheSearch'', actually came out first.

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