History Film / TheSearchers

2nd May '17 3:46:54 PM nero666
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* [[CaliforniaDoubling Utah / Arizona Doubling]]: Monument Valley is ''not'' in Texas! [[RuleOfCool But who cares, it's Monument Valley!]]
8th Apr '17 1:38:43 PM MagBas
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* DefiledForever: The [[PoliticallyIncorrectHero Politically Incorrect]] AntiHero hates all Indians, whether violent or not ([[HalfBreedDiscrimination including his part-Cherokee adopted nephew]]) — and thinks that any white female who is raped by an Indian man (in this case, his younger niece) [[StakingTheLovedOne must die]] after being "defiled." There are even some UnfortunateImplications that the other family members of the niece — and possibly even the niece herself - would want it that way.

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* DefiledForever: The [[PoliticallyIncorrectHero Politically Incorrect]] AntiHero hates all Indians, whether violent or not ([[HalfBreedDiscrimination including his part-Cherokee adopted nephew]]) — and thinks that any white female who is raped by an Indian man (in this case, his younger niece) [[StakingTheLovedOne must die]] after being "defiled." There are even some UnfortunateImplications that the other family members of the niece — and possibly even the niece herself - would want it that way.
3rd Apr '17 10:28:52 PM HBarnill
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** As noted above, Comanches killed Ethan's mother. Not to mention the massacre at the start of the film, which only thrives his racism.
18th Mar '17 11:42:21 AM nombretomado
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When Ethan rides out with the Texas Rangers to apprehend some cattle rustlers, a Comanche war party attacks the homestead, kidnapping young Debbie (NatalieWood) and murdering the rest of the family. Ethan sets off in pursuit, accompanied by his nephew-by-adoption Martin Pawley (Hunter).

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When Ethan rides out with the Texas Rangers to apprehend some cattle rustlers, a Comanche war party attacks the homestead, kidnapping young Debbie (NatalieWood) (Creator/NatalieWood) and murdering the rest of the family. Ethan sets off in pursuit, accompanied by his nephew-by-adoption Martin Pawley (Hunter).
2nd Mar '17 9:42:19 AM jamespolk
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* AMinorKidroduction: That's Natalie Wood's little sister Lana playing Debbie in the opening scenes where Debbie is kidnapped.
18th Feb '17 1:46:11 AM bt8257
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* GrayAndGreyMorality: One of the grayest westerns of the "classic era" (and any other era) in terms of dealing with the psychology and cultural attitudes in the Frontier in a way that is highly accurate and free of sentiment.

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* GrayAndGreyMorality: GreyAndGrayMorality: One of the grayest westerns of the "classic era" (and any other era) in terms of dealing with the psychology and cultural attitudes in the Frontier in a way that is highly accurate and free of sentiment.



* HollywoodAtheist: Ethan Edwards frequently makes disdainful comments about religion throughout the film. At one point he describes Christianity to a reverend as "by what you preach", rather than "we preach" which suggests that he doesn't consider himself Christian anymore.

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* HollywoodAtheist: Ethan Edwards frequently makes disdainful comments about religion throughout the film. At one point he describes Christianity to a reverend as "by what you preach", rather than "we preach" which suggests that he doesn't consider himself Christian anymore.
22nd Jan '17 11:17:43 AM CumbersomeTercel
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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 it's hilarious. He is also rather nicer to the unexpected bride than her "husband", despite the fact that she's a Comanche.

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* AccidentalMarriage: AccidentalMarriage / AccidentalProposal: Martin Pawley thinks he's buying a blanket from some Indians. Turns out he's married one of them instead, "Look". Ethan Edwards thinks it's hilarious. He is also rather nicer to the unexpected bride than her "husband", despite the fact that she's a Comanche.



* AlliterativeName: Ethan Edwards.

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* AlliterativeName: Ethan Edwards.'''E'''than '''E'''dwards.



* BigBad: Chief Scar.



* ButNotTooForeign: Martin Pawley is 1/8th Cherokee (though this doesn't restrain him from fighting Comanches). Ethan gives him a hard time for this, but ultimately comes to respect him, in a way. Martin was fully white in the original novella, and his ancestry was tweaked in the film to give Ethan some CharacterDevelopment.



* CradleOfLoneliness: One of the many visual hints of Ethan and Martha's relationship in the past is when Martha hugs Ethan's coat out of sight of other characters. Martha eventually married Ethan's brother and started a family.



* TheCuckoolanderWasRight: Mose Harper is looked on by everyone as a crazy old coot and is actually shown to be wrong on a couple of occasions at the beginning of the movie (about Ethan Edwards having gone to California and about the cattle-rustlers), but later on, on two occasions, he supplies crucial information about the whereabouts of Chief Scar and his camp.



* DeterminedHomesteader: Aaron Edwards and his family, as well as his neighbors.



* GenreDeconstruction: Of TheWestern. The hero is unabashedly racist towards Native Americans - even toward his own adopted nephew, who is one-eighth Cherokee. He's still the hero, however, while his Comanche counterpart dies shamefully. And he's really no more racist than many of the other characters. What really makes him frightening is that he's both racist and insane.



* HostageMacGuffin: John Wayne & Co. spend years searching for his niece, abducted by [[OnceAcceptableTargets Injuns]].

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* HostageMacGuffin: John Wayne Ethan & Co. spend years searching for his niece, abducted by [[OnceAcceptableTargets Injuns]].



* KickTheDog: When Ethan fires wildly into a buffalo herd, howling, "They won't feed any Comanche ''this'' winter!" Try not to cringe.

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* KickTheDog: KickTheDog:
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When Ethan fires wildly into a buffalo herd, howling, "They won't feed any Comanche ''this'' winter!" Try not to cringe.



* NothingIsScarier: The buildup to the Chief Scar’s raid (complete with [[GoryDiscretionShot murder and rape that can’t be shown onscreen]]) on the Edwards homestead turns a scene that otherwise would have qualified as {{Narm}} into something that is effectively scary indeed. We already know what’s coming, for that’s been established by the absent members of the Edwards family realizing that they’ve been drawn into setting out on a scouting mission by the Comanche war party so that the older, female and child members of the family would be unprotected. But the victims themselves at first give little indication that they know what will happen (even though they obviously do), at first [[DissonantSerenity trying (and failing) to let on that anything is wrong at all]]. The eerie silence of the prairie – except for the bizarre cry of a prairie chicken – also contributes to the atmosphere. There’s also the boy’s plaintively voiced fear: “[[IWantMyMommy I wish Uncle Ethan]] was here.” But worst of all is the slow emotional ungluing of the Edwards women – from nervous to frantic to terrified to [[IDontWantToDie hysterical]] to bitterly resigned to their fate – and all this before we see a single Comanche! The eventual violence is shown to us only as a smoking, charcoaled house, but we can imagine the rest vividly.



* PyrrhicVictory: Ethan rescued his niece from the Apache but she's gone native too long and will probably never recover. The quest also revealed Ethan's cruelty to his family and destroying their esteem for him. All he can do is walk back into the wilderness where he is better off.
* RaceLift: Martin was white in the novella. In the film, he's 1/8 Cherokee



* SoundtrackDissonance: "Garry Owen", the actual marching song of the 7th cavalry, plays over a scene of the US cavalry returning from slaughtering an Indian village and hustling the survivors (mostly white women captured by the Indians) off to a fort.



* SpiritualSuccessor: ''Film/TwoRodeTogether'', which is basically ''The Searchers'' revisited as a black comedy. Henry Brandon even plays a Scar-like Indian chief.

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* SpiritualSuccessor: SpiritualSuccessor:
** Ford's
''Film/TwoRodeTogether'', which is basically ''The Searchers'' revisited as a black comedy. Henry Brandon even plays a Scar-like Indian chief.


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* ThatsAnOrder:
-->'''Rev. Clayton''': I say we do it my way and that's an order.
-->'''Ethan''': Yes sir. But if you're wrong, don't ever give me another.
6th Jan '17 10:18:37 AM NoxSky12599
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* AutomatonHorses: Averted. One character rides off in spite of Wayne's assertion that the horses need rest and grain. The next time we see him, he's wandering horseless in the desert carrying his saddle.
8th Nov '16 5:35:02 PM Morgenthaler
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* {{Badass}}: Ethan Edwards is a piece of work but he's a Badass, as is Scar and Martin Pawley as well.
8th Nov '16 4:55:44 PM OnGreenDolphinStreet
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** With a little MemeticMutation: it directly inspired Buddy Holly's song of the same name, for example. This also happens to be the first song [[Music/JohnLennon John]], [[Music/PaulMcCartney Paul]], and [[Music/GeorgeHarrison George]] of [[Music/TheBeatles some British rock band]] you might have heard of ever recorded.

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** With a little MemeticMutation: it directly inspired Buddy Holly's Music/BuddyHolly's song of the same name, for example. This also happens to be one of the first song [[Music/JohnLennon John]], [[Music/PaulMcCartney Paul]], and [[Music/GeorgeHarrison George]] of [[Music/TheBeatles some British rock band]] you might have heard of only two songs that the Quarrymen, who eventually became Music/TheBeatles, ever recorded.recorded -- Music/PaulMcCartney owns the acetate upon which those were recorded, which is the only original copy that was ever produced.
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