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YMMV: The Searchers
  • Adaptation Displacement: There was a novel?
  • Alas, Poor Scrappy: Look (Martin's homely Comanche trophy wife) is cringe-inducing in her Modern Minstrelsy....but you will feel bad when you see her corpse after she's massacred during a cavalry raid.
  • Award Snub: Received no nominations at the Oscars. Rather ironic, considering how the film is now viewed as a Magnum Opus for John Ford, who was otherwise the most rewarded director in the Oscar's history.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: The song The Searchers, by the Sons of the Pioneers (it starts at 0:19).
  • Harsher in Hindsight: While the racism is meant to make the viewer uncomfortable, modern viewers are still going to be put off far more than the 1950s audience.
  • Hype Backlash: Inevitable due to being held up as the greatest western ever.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Ethan attempts to cross it when he almost kills his niece for marrying a Comanche; he doesn't follow through when he's hit with an arrow.
  • Narm: Oh, Lord. Let us count the ways....
    • The atrocious way Lucy Edwards sets her jaw before screaming bloody murder when she realizes that Comanches are approaching the homestead (when a simple Oh, Crap expression would have been much more effective).
    • The first time we see Henry Brandon as Scar. He is obviously wearing makeup.
    • The actor playing the Indian corpse early on picked a quite unfortunate moment to take a deep breath.
  • Special Effects Failure: A bunch, but most prominently, the "dead" Comanches who are clearly breathing.
  • Vindicated by History

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