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Red River

Director Howard Hawks' second western was also his first collaboration with John Wayne. Officially based on Borden Chase's novel The Chisholm Trail, the film also owes a great deal to Mutiny on the Bounty, both structurally and in the adversarial relationship between the two leading characters. Wayne stars as headstrong frontiersman Tom Dunson, who is taking his leave of a westbound wagon train to seek his fortune in Texas. This impulsive act loses him the love of his fiancée Fen (Colleen Gray) but gains him a lifelong friend in the person of (occasionally) toothless old camp cook Groot Nadine (Walter Brennan). Not long afterward, Dunson discovers that Fen was killed in an Indian raid, a fact that leaves him an emotionless cipher. The only survivor of the tragedy is a young orphan named Matthew Garth (Mickey Kuhn), whom Dunson unofficially adopts as his son. As the years pass, the tactiturn Dunson becomes the most powerful and feared cattle baron in the territory, but the grown-up Garth (now played by Montgomery Clift, in his first film appearance) eventually rebels against Dunson's stubbornness and autocratic behavior, striking out on his own as his surrogate father growls: 'Some day you'll turn around and I'll be there; I'm gonna kill ya, Matt.' As time passes, Garth, leading his own cattle drive, becomes Dunson's most formidable rival. The huge cast includes John Ireland in perhaps his best role as the enigmatic gunman Cherry Valance; both Harry Carey, Sr. and Harry Carey, Jr.; and an uncredited Shelley Winters as a dance hall girl. Except for the sappy scenes with love interest Joanne Dru, everything works in Red River, from the stirring Dmitri Tiomkin score to Russell Harlan's brooding black-and-white cinematography. In his quest for perfection, Hawks went $1 million overbudget and several months over schedule, but the end result was a $4 million hit. Essential viewing for western buffs in particular and film buffs in general, Red River currently exists in two release versions: the preferable 133-minute directors' cut, and a 125-minute studio cut, narrated by Walter Brennan.
Actors: John Wayne,
John Wayne
John Wayne 26 May 1907, Winterset, Iowa, USA
Montgomery Clift,
Montgomery Clift
Montgomery Clift 17 October 1920, Omaha, Nebraska, USA
Joanne Dru,
Joanne Dru
Joanne Dru 31 January 1922, Logan, West Virginia, USA
Walter Brennan,
Walter Brennan
Walter Brennan 25 July 1894, Lynn, Massachusetts, USA
Coleen Gray,
Coleen Gray
Coleen Gray 23 October 1922, Staplehurst, Nebraska, USA
Harry Carey,
Harry Carey
Harry Carey January 16, 1878 in The Bronx, New York, USA
John Ireland,
John Ireland
John Ireland 30 January 1914, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Noah Beery Jr.,
Noah Beery Jr.
Noah Beery Jr. 10 August 1913, New York City, New York, USA
Harry Carey Jr.,
Harry Carey Jr.
Harry Carey Jr. 16 May 1921, Saugus, California, USA
Chief Yowlachie,
Chief Yowlachie
Chief Yowlachie August 15, 1891 in Yakima Indian Reservation, Washington, USA
Paul Fix,
Paul Fix
Paul Fix 13 March 1901, Dobbs Ferry, New York, USA
Director: Howard Hawks ,
Howard Hawks
Howard Hawks 30 May 1896, Goshen, Indiana, USA
Arthur Rosson
Arthur Rosson
Arthur Rosson August 24, 1886 in Pau, Pyrénées-Atlantiques, France
Country: United States
Release: 1948
IMDb: 7.8
Duration: 133 min
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