The Searchers

The Searchers is a 1956 American Technicolor VistaVision epic Western film directed by John Ford, based on the 1954 novel by Alan Le May, set during the Texas–Indian wars, and starring John Wayne as a middle-aged Civil War veteran who spends years looking for his abducted niece (Natalie Wood), accompanied by his adopted nephew (Jeffrey Hunter).

The Searchers
Theatrical release poster by Bill Gold
Directed byJohn Ford
Screenplay byFrank S. Nugent
Based onThe Searchers
by Alan Le May
Starring
CinematographyWinton C. Hoch
Edited byJack Murray
Music byMax Steiner
Production
company
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Release date
Running time
119 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$3.75 million[2]

The film was a commercial success. Since its release, it has come to be considered a masterpiece and one of the greatest and most influential films ever made. It was named the greatest American Western by the American Film Institute in 2008, and it placed 12th on the same organization's 2007 list of the 100 greatest American movies of all time.[3] Entertainment Weekly also named it the best Western.[4] The British Film Institute's Sight & Sound magazine ranked it as the seventh-best film of all time based on a 2012 international survey of film critics[5][6] and in 2008, the French magazine Cahiers du Cinéma ranked The Searchers number 10 in their list of the 100 best films ever made.[7]

In 1989, The Searchers was deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" by the United States Library of Congress, and selected for preservation in its National Film Registry; it was one of the first 25 films selected for the registry.[8]

The Searchers was the first major film to have a purpose-filmed making-of, requested by John Ford. It deals with most aspects of making the film, including preparation of the site, construction of props, and filming techniques.[9]


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