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THE SEARCHERS
November 30, 2013  | By David Bianculli

TCM, 8:00 p.m. ET

 

I consider this 1956 John Ford Western one of the very best John Wayne movies ever made. His Ethan Edwards is a complicated character, and not an especially flattering one. He embarks on a long, obsessive quest in search of his young niece, who was abducted by Comanches during a raid in which they slaughtered her family. Co-stars include Jeffrey Hunter, Vera Miles and Natalie Wood – and the plot, like the scenery, is singular and unforgettable.

 
 
 
 
 
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