The Searchers | Chicago Reader

The Searchers

We may still be waiting for the Great American Novel, but John Ford gave us the Great American Film in 1956. The Searchers gathers the deepest concerns of American literature, distilling 200 years of tradition in a way available only to popular art, and with a beauty available only to a supreme visual poet like Ford. 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.

Credits

Director:

  • John Ford

Cast:

  • John Wayne
  • Jeffrey Hunter
  • Natalie Wood
  • Vera Miles
  • Ward Bond
  • John Qualen
  • Harry Carey Jr.
  • Olive Carey
  • Antonio Moreno
  • Henry Brandon
  • Hank Worden
  • Lana Wood
  • Dorothy Jordan
  • Pat Wayne

Writers:

  • Alan Le May
  • Frank Nugent

Producers:

  • Merian Cooper
  • C.V. Whitney

Related Stories

What others are saying

  • Now Playing

    The Searchers is not showing in any theaters in the area.

    Reviews/comments (2)
    4.1 out of 5

    Showing 1-2 of 2

    Add a review

     
    Subscribe to this thread:
    Showing 1-2 of 2

    Add a review


    Roll over stars and click to rate.

    Now Playing

    By Film...

    By Theater...