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      Red River

      Released Sep 30, 1948 2h 13m Western List
      100% Tomatometer 34 Reviews 87% Audience Score 5,000+ Ratings Headstrong Thomas Dunson (John Wayne) starts a thriving Texas cattle ranch with the help of his faithful trail hand, Groot (Walter Brennan), and his protégé, Matt Garth (Montgomery Clift), an orphan Dunson took under his wing when Matt was a boy. In need of money following the Civil War, Dunson and Matt lead a cattle drive to Missouri, where they will get a better price than locally, but the crotchety older man and his willful young partner begin to butt heads on the exhausting journey. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      Bob Thomas Associated Press Red River contains everything a western should have and throws in a few things more. Jun 20, 2019 Full Review James Agee TIME Magazine It is a rattling good outdoor adventure movie. Feb 27, 2018 Full Review Keith Phipps The Dissolve Hawks directs the film with his typical assurance and seeming lack of fuss, letting scenes play out in long takes, and framing the action against vistas that often dwarf the actors. Rated: 5/5 Jun 2, 2014 Full Review Roger Moore Movie Nation Hawks and Chase invented or perfected most of the tropes of cattle drive tales with this classic film. Rated: 4/4 Sep 17, 2023 Full Review Sean Axmaker Stream on Demand The opposition of acting styles is electric: laconic elder statesman [John] Wayne wearing his character like buckskin, dominating the screen as upstart method actor [Montgomery] Clift’s intensity burns a star right next to him. Feb 4, 2023 Full Review Keith Garlington Keith & the Movies “Red River” stakes its claim as a true classic of the Western genre. Rated: 4/5 Aug 24, 2022 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Alec B Easily one of the greatest westerns ever made. Unlike a lot of these films from the era, it never really engages in sentimental mythmaking about "The West" as it is often brutally honest about how violence is exercised to assert dominance. Also, the barely coy homoerotic tension between Clift and Ireland is truly something to behold. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/20/24 Full Review Luke S OMG!!! This movie is such a classic. I rate it a 5 out of 5 Rated 5 out of 5 stars 12/06/23 Full Review Matthew B Red River was one of the most influential westerns ever made, and elements of the movie were to be used and reused over and over again throughout the 1950s and beyond. Red River is also one of those rare westerns that explore the darker side of John Wayne's screen persona. Like other movies of this kind (The Searchers or The Shootist), it ultimately comes out in his favour, but we get a glimpse of the uglier aspects of his characters – the dangerous mixture of lawlessness and authoritarianism that becomes a threat to others. In all fairness, Wayne rose well to the challenge of playing a more complex version of his usual role. The three films mentioned showcase some of his best acting. After seeing Red River, John Ford famously remarked, "I didn't know the big son of a bitch could act." Howard Hawks however always believed in Wayne's abilities, and this encouragement may have helped. For this movie, the third highest grossing movie of 1948, Howard Hawks aimed for an epic style. The cinematography is remarkable, especially the many scenes that lovingly capture the river of cattle travelling along the plains. 9,000 steers were used in the film. Studio sets were barely used at all, and most of the film takes place outside. It is perhaps surprising that so ambitious a movie should be made in black-and-white, but this was quite common with 1940s westerns. Sometimes it adds to the movie's ambience, as in the scene where nervous men standing in the fog watching for an enemy that they know is trailing them. This ending strikes a false note. Perhaps the problem is that Hawks was too much of a conservative to fully deconstruct the John Wayne mystique. John Ford and Don Siegel did not go all the way either, but their politics were ambivalent enough for them to produce more convincing endings to The Searchers and The Shootist that supported the John Wayne myth whilst still managing to critique it. Still the ending does not spoil Red River. We have had well over two hours of exciting story, effective character development and stunning cinematography to feast our eyes on. Hawks was too great a director to ruin a film with as much promise as Red River. In later years, Hawks would produce weaker westerns by continuing to re-tread the path that he had used earlier with diminishing results, but at this stage Hawks was fresh to the genre, and Red River is as exciting today as it was then. I wrote a longer appreciation (with spoilers) of Red River on my blog page if you would like to read more: https://themoviescreenscene.wordpress.com/2019/05/25/red-river-1948/ Rated 5 out of 5 stars 09/05/23 Full Review Andy F A majestic, epic western. Wayne and Clift are superb in this beautifully shot movie. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 08/15/23 Full Review Babak H One of the greatest Western of all time! John Wayne and Montgomery Cliff at the height of their careers. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 05/07/23 Full Review paul d Everything you would want in a western. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis Headstrong Thomas Dunson (John Wayne) starts a thriving Texas cattle ranch with the help of his faithful trail hand, Groot (Walter Brennan), and his protégé, Matt Garth (Montgomery Clift), an orphan Dunson took under his wing when Matt was a boy. In need of money following the Civil War, Dunson and Matt lead a cattle drive to Missouri, where they will get a better price than locally, but the crotchety older man and his willful young partner begin to butt heads on the exhausting journey.
      Director
      Howard Hawks
      Producer
      Howard Hawks
      Screenwriter
      Borden Chase, Charles Schnee
      Distributor
      MGM/UA Home Entertainment Inc., United Artists
      Production Co
      Monterey Productions
      Genre
      Western
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Sep 30, 1948, Wide
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Dec 11, 2010
      Runtime
      2h 13m
      Sound Mix
      Mono
      Aspect Ratio
      Flat (1.37:1)
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