John Ford’s ‘The Searchers’
As a Civil War veteran spends years searching for a young niece captured by Indians, his motivation becomes increasingly questionable.
Directed by one of America’s greatest directors and featuring John Wayne at his best, The Searchers perfectly captures the psyche of a driven man on a quest.
Two interesting facts about the film: Buddy Holly based his most famous song on John Wayne’s signature refrain and Martin Scorsese viewed the film repeatedly when making Taxi Driver.
Directed by John Ford.
Starring John Wayne, Jeffrey Hunter and Natalie Wood
The film will be introduced and given context by Peter Rainey, an SMSA member and cinema enthusiast, who returns to an earlier passion for films as a Programme Director for a Queensland Cinema Group, now that he has retired after 40 years in the education profession.