The Searchers

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As a Civil War veteran spends years searching for a young niece captured by Indians, his motivation becomes increasingly questionable.

  1. Alan Le May


  2. Frank S. Nugent


  3. John Ford


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  1. John Wayne

    John Wayne

    Ethan Edwards

  2. Jeffrey Hunter

    Jeffrey Hunter

    Martin Pawley

  3. Vera Miles

    Vera Miles

    Laurie Jorgensen

  4. Natalie Wood

    Natalie Wood

    Debbie Edwards (older)

  5. Ward Bond

    Ward Bond

    Rev. Capt. Samuel Johnston Clayton

  6. John Qualen

    John Qualen

    Lars Jorgensen

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Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 1h 59m

Budget $3,750,000.00

Revenue -

Homepage -

Release Information

  • March 13, 1956
    NR, Theatrical



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A review by John Chard

By John Chard

What makes a man to wander?

Upon returning from a trip out to find cattle thieves, Ethan Edwards finds his brother and sister-in-law murdered by Comanches, and their two daughters missing. Driven by a hatred of Indians, and a motive of some determination, Edwards and his part Indian companion set off to find the missing girls, a perilous journey that will span many years.

The Searchers is one of the greatest Westerns ever made, in fact it's one of the finest pictures all told ever made. It's reputation as such is most definitely warranted, directed and photographed with almost peerless pr... read the rest.

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