History Film / TheSearchers

20th Sep '16 7:45:04 PM JulianLapostat
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''The Searchers'' is a 1956 {{Western}} film directed by Creator/JohnFord, starring Creator/JohnWayne, Jeffrey Hunter, and [[SceneryPorn Monument Valley, Utah]]. Along with ''Film/TheGoodTheBadAndTheUgly'', it's widely regarded as the greatest western ever made.

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''The Searchers'' is a 1956 {{Western}} film directed by Creator/JohnFord, starring Creator/JohnWayne, Jeffrey Hunter, and [[SceneryPorn Monument Valley, Utah]]. Along with ''Film/TheGoodTheBadAndTheUgly'', it's It's widely regarded as one of the greatest western films ever made.
20th Sep '16 5:05:28 PM HBarnill
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''The Searchers'' is a 1956 {{Western}} film directed by Creator/JohnFord, starring Creator/JohnWayne, Jeffrey Hunter, and [[SceneryPorn Monument Valley, Utah]]. It's widely regarded as one of the greatest films ever.

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''The Searchers'' is a 1956 {{Western}} film directed by Creator/JohnFord, starring Creator/JohnWayne, Jeffrey Hunter, and [[SceneryPorn Monument Valley, Utah]]. It's Along with ''Film/TheGoodTheBadAndTheUgly'', it's widely regarded as one of the greatest films ever.
western ever made.
24th Jul '16 5:40:55 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* SurprisinglySuddenDeath: After an entire film of buildup, [[spoiler:Scar gets killed unceremoniously when he sneaks behind Martin Pawley, Pawley wasn't even aware that it was Scar when he shot him, and the film emphasizes the suddenness by refusing to linger on Scar's body. It's only when Ethan comes into the tent and sees the body that you realize it was Scar, and the quick cut implies that Ethan scalped his old foe]].


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* SurprisinglySuddenDeath: After an entire film of buildup, [[spoiler:Scar gets killed unceremoniously when he sneaks behind Martin Pawley, Pawley wasn't even aware that it was Scar when he shot him, and the film emphasizes the suddenness by refusing to linger on Scar's body. It's only when Ethan comes into the tent and sees the body that you realize it was Scar, and the quick cut implies that Ethan scalped his old foe]].
13th Jul '16 2:15:55 AM CumbersomeTercel
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** TaxiDriver is one as well, also about a bigoted anti-hero trying to rescue a young girl from a situation she doesn't entirely want to be rescued from.

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** TaxiDriver ''Film/TaxiDriver'' is one as well, also about a bigoted anti-hero trying to rescue a young girl from a situation she doesn't entirely want to be rescued from.



* StandardSnippet: Some of the tunes that John Ford used in many of his films make a reappearance:

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* StandardSnippet: Some of the tunes that John Ford Creator/JohnFord used in many of his films make a reappearance:



* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: ''The Searchers'' is loosely based on the story of Cynthia Ann Parker, who was kidnapped by a Comanche war party at the age of nine after they massacred her family's settlement. She spent the next 24 years living among the Comanche and almost completely forgot her previous life, marrying a Comanche chieftain and starting a family. She was "rescued" by a band of Texas Rangers at the age of 34, but refused to adjust to life in white society. She escaped and returned to the Comanches at least once, only to be "rescued" again before she fell into a state of depression and died of influenza in 1871.
4th Jul '16 4:07:08 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* AlliterativeName: Ethan Edwards.
20th Jun '16 11:00:14 AM hullflyer
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** TaxiDriver is one as well, also about a bigoted anti-hero trying to rescue a young girl from a situation she doesn't entirely want to be rescued from.
20th Jun '16 10:55:15 AM hullflyer
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* NiceHat: Reverend Clayton is very fond of his top hat. When getting ready to gallop the horses to escape the Comanche ambush, he makes sure to tie it down with a handkerchief. When he's yelling at Greenhill, he almost throws it down in the dirt, an stops himself at the last moment.

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* NiceHat: Reverend Clayton is very fond of his top hat. When getting ready to gallop the horses to escape the Comanche ambush, he makes sure to tie it down with a handkerchief. When he's yelling at Greenhill, he almost throws it down in the dirt, an but stops himself at the last moment.
20th Jun '16 10:11:20 AM hullflyer
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* BarredFromTheAfterlife / DesecratingTheDead: A group chasing an Comanche war party finds the grave of a dead Comanche. One man angrily smashes him with a rock but Ethan pulls out his gun and shoots out the corpse's eyes. When asked by a Texas Ranger/Preacher what good that did, Ethan answers that by what the preacher believes, nothing, but the Indians believe that if he has no eyes he can't enter the afterlife and just has to wander "between the winds". Ironically the final shot, [[spoiler:implies heavily that this is Ethan Edwards' fate as well]].

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* BarredFromTheAfterlife / DesecratingTheDead: A group chasing an a Comanche war party finds the grave of a dead Comanche. One man angrily smashes him with a rock but Ethan pulls out his gun and shoots out the corpse's eyes. When asked by a Texas Ranger/Preacher what good that did, Ethan answers that by what the preacher believes, nothing, but the Indians believe that if he has no eyes he can't enter the afterlife and just has to wander "between the winds". Ironically the final shot, [[spoiler:implies heavily that this is Ethan Edwards' fate as well]].
20th Jun '16 10:10:05 AM hullflyer
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* AccidentalMarriage: Martin Pawley thinks he's buying a blanket from some Indians. Turns out he's married one of them instead, "Look". Ethan Edwards thinks its hilarious. He is also rather nicer to the unexpected bride than her 'husband' despite the fact she's a Comanche.

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* AccidentalMarriage: Martin Pawley thinks he's buying a blanket from some Indians. Turns out he's married one of them instead, "Look". Ethan Edwards thinks its it's hilarious. He is also rather nicer to the unexpected bride than her 'husband' "husband", despite the fact that she's a Comanche.
3rd May '16 3:29:08 PM eroock
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* OffIntoTheDistanceEnding: The last shot from inside the house, showing the hero walk away into the distance, then [[DoorClosesEnding the door closes]].
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