The Searchers

The Searchers

  • 1956
  • Passed
  • 119 min
  • USA
  • adventure, drama, western

An Indian-hating Civil War veteran tracks down the tribe that slaughtered his family and kidnapped his niece.

Director: John Ford

Writer: Frank S. Nugent

Stars: John Wayne, Jeffrey Hunter, Vera Miles, Natalie Wood, Ward Bond

The Searchers is an epic John Wayne Western that introduces dark ambivalence to the genre that remains fashionable today.

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  • John Ford
    John Ford
    John Ford (February 1, 1894 - August 31, 1973) was an American film director. He was famous for both his westerns such as Stagecoach, The Searchers, and The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, and adaptations of such classic 20th-century American novels as The Grapes of Wrath. His four Academy Awards for Best Director (1935, 1940, 1941, 1952) is a record, and one of those films, How Green Was My...

Main Cast


  • Bosley Crowther (New York Times)

    A rip-snorting Western, as brashly entertaining as they come.

  • Dave Kehr (Chicago Reader)

    Through the central image of the frontier, the meeting point of wilderness and civilization, Ford explores the divisions of our national character, with its search for order and its need for violence, its spirit of community and its quest for independence.

  • Wesley Lovell (Cinema Sight)

    One of the better examples of the western genre.


Tagline: He had to find her... he had to find her...

Source: based upon the novel by Alan LeMay

Motion Picture Rating: Passed

Genres: adventure, drama, western

Categories: civil war veteran, tough guy, comanche, monument valley, native american, scalping, prejudice, massacre, desert, cavalry, reverend, abduction, 1860s, texas


Producer: C.V. Whitney, Patrick Ford

Editor: Jack Murray

Director of photography: Winton C. Hoch

Original music composer: Max Steiner

Executive producer: Merian C. Cooper

Details and Technical Specs

Runtime: 119 min

Country: USA

Language: English, Spanish, Navajo

Sound Mix: Mono

Aspect Ratio: 1.85 : 1

Color: Color (Technicolor)

Also Known As

  • Sentieri selvaggi (IT)
  • La prisonnière du désert (FR)
  • Más corazón que odio (AR)
  • Rastros de Ódio (BR)
  • Der schwarze Falke (DE)
  • Centauros del desierto (ES)