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Reel Reviews – The Searchers

Reel Review #40: “Put an end to it! There’s no more time for praying!” A true classic. Watch as John Ford artfully directs what is probably John Wayne’s best role. Wayne’s portrayal of Ethan Edwards, a flawed man on a quest to find his niece, is arresting. It is time to see the film that is widely credited as being the inspiration for Taxi Driver and Paris, Texas.

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2 Responses to “Reel Reviews – The Searchers”

  1. Gravatar Icon 1 Tony D Jul 26th, 2005 at 9:16 pm

    Another great review. I have to admit that even though I’ve seen many of the Duke’s movies I’ve never sat through this one. I plan to soon.
    As a side note I’d like to say that I applaud you on your stand on the daily podcast voting issue. I’ve voted for you a few times on a monthly basis because I like your show and have come to respect your oppinions on film.
    Keep up the great work. Looking forward to your cinephile review of Scarface too.
    Thanks, Tony

  2. Gravatar Icon 2 Ibarionex Jul 27th, 2005 at 7:39 am

    Thanks for reviewing this film. I completely concur with it being a phenomenal film that examplifies that concept of the flawed hero. Unlike so many films today that include a protaganist with a flaw, the end of those films always require that the flawed character realize the errors of his ways and come back to the fold of those that think “the right way”. Though Ethan does find some semblance of redemption in the end, it doesn’t mean that he has changed his attitude or his prejudices. Now, that’s a complex character! That’s a character that is rich, and intriguing and who despite his obvious issues nevertheless fully engages me throughout the story. Thanks for profiling this great film and for another great show, Michael.

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