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A Deluxe Trail Drive
- Robert Longhauser
Hats off to Howard Hawks. This is a terrific western and a terrific film. John Wayne proves again under the right direction and with a good script the Duke can really act. The supporting cast is excellent. Walter Brennan is classic Walter Brennan and I especially enjoyed John Ireland's role as Cherry Valance. Some classic dialogue to top it off not to mention the wonderful cinematography. My only complaint was the silly fist fight at the end between Duke and Montgomery Clift. A weak ending to a powerful trail drive.
Story line is idiotic. Great cinematography.
HAIL HOWARD HAWKS !
- Will Fox
As any serious scholar or student of the studio system in Hollywood's heyday knows, Howard Hawks is in the top 3, of the most successful directors. Intelligent people worldwide are still fascinated by John Ford's westerns. Alfred Hitchcock's suspense-filled mysteries intrigue five-generations of the intelligencia. Rivaling these two aces, is the ace of aces among world-class film directors, Howard Hawks. He created more 4-star films (the highest of ratings among most critics) in many more genres than any other director in the history of film. Howard Hawks is famous as a movie-making maverick with a distinctive talent for creating sassy female characters that enchant male bosses. Please consider his hits: "A Girl in Every Port" (1928), "The Dawn Patrol" (1930), "The Crowd Roars" and "Scarface" (1932), "20th Century," "Barbary Coast," "Bringing Up Baby," "Only Angels Have Wings," "His Girl Friday," "Sergeant York," "Ball of Fire," "Corvette K -255,", "To Have And Have Not," "The Big Sleep" (1946), "Red River" (1948), "A Star Is Born," "I Was A Male War Bride," "The Thing From Another World," "The Big Sky," "Monkey Business," "Gentle Prefer Blondes," "Rio Bravo" (1959), "Hatari" (1962), and "El Dorado" (1967). Twenty-three successes. Who else compares to this heroic champion, across so many different genres, among film directors? Hail Howard Hawks!
Love, love these 5 days of John Wayne movies. My favorite actor of all time. Thank you TCM
The Best Western Ever?
For decades I considered this the best western ever made. Not so sure now, given Lonesome Dove, Open Range and Silverado. Wayne shows some great acting skills, and Montgomery Cliff and Joanne Dru are incredibly attractive looking people in this film. In addition, this is just a great story.
Overall-3/5Lead Performers-3/5Supporting Cast-4/5Director-2/5Score-4/5Screenplay-3/5Cinematography-3/5Importance-3/5Recommendation for fans of the genre-3/5
Almost perfect WesternU
- Teresa Van Dyck
I fell in love with John Wayne in this great Hawkes' production. Monte Clift always delivers the goods as does John Ireland. Finally, I had to be 60 to truly appreciate Wayne. The only pill in this movie was Joanne Dru. Her lines are corny and her actions are even cornier. Wrecks an almost perfect movie for me. I could have done without her in the whole movie. Then it would have been a perfect movie. Anyway, in real life, she married John Ireland. I hope they were happy. Tom (Wayne's character) should have taken his true love with him in the beginning. Otherwise, a four to five star picture. Even with a couple of flaws, this movie is worth seeing. So please take a look. You will not be sorry.
I am not a real fan of the Western genre as most are, at best, B-movies; however, this certainly isn't one of them! It is a Western film at its finest, with characters drawn perfectly. The cinematography here lends itself to the film, rather than detracting, and it truly makes you feel you're there with Wayne and Clift. Clift was 28 when he made this film but he looked years younger and it suited the role very well. Howard Hawks knew how to direct Westerns and this one is his crowning glory!
- Dashiell Barnes
In my opinion, both Wayne & Clift should have recieved 'Oscar' nominations for this film. Both give strong performances, Wayne playing an unsympathetic old mentor & Clift as his rebellious adopted son. The landscape resembles something familiar in a John Ford film, but this is Hakes' film alone. A great, but long western. I give it a 4/5.
RED RIVER, TOP NOTCH
TOP NOTCH MOVIE BY THE DUKE, THEY DON'T MAKE EM' LIKE THAT ANYMORE
- Paul Salapatas
Best western ever made?There's no such creature! Their are plenty of 'em! But I will say that this is one of my favorite John Wayne westerns,his character being refreshingly complex.Monty Clift comes out swinging in his first movie,literally,and it's exciting to watch the plot unfold as Wayne's and Clift's characters become increasingly dependant of each other and the effect it has.And in it's own way,it's a love story, of sorts! But,don't be afraid of love,my friend, it makes heroes of us! Lot's of good action and a good storyline makes this poignant film a five star wonder!
Greatest Western Ever?
- Mr. D
The American Film Institute rates The Searchers (also starring John Wayne) the greatest westerrn ever made - but you can make a case for Red River to get that honor. John Wayne not only has to tame the wild west, but must try to tame his adopted son Montgomery Clift as well. The Duke is bound and determined to be the first man to drive a huge herd of cattle to market up the Chisholm Trail - but when his men hear that an easier route might exist - via Abilene - they grumble, then rebel. What a compelling, memorable movie.
ALL Star cast, cowboys playin' cowboys, very authentic scenes, lots of cattle, which most westerns skimp on, especially those few Long Horns (which at the time, were near extinct). Not an over developed plot, Montgomery Clift in his prime, a superb job, Joanne Dru, a bit of over-acting but beautiful still, the incomparable Walter Brennan, Paul Fix, who would later be featured on the Rifleman and John Ireland, whos part didn't become too complicated. All & All I tend to agree with Gregs' Father, this may be The Best Western Ever Made.
Dad said this was the Best Western ever.
In 1958, I was 12 years old. I remember my Dad being real excited one evening because a movie called Red River was about to come on TV. He said it was the best western ever made. I watched it with him. He was right.......I'm 61 years old now. Red River is still the best western ever. The performances by John Wayne, Walter Brennan, John Ireland, Joanne Drew, and a new face that made the women MELT---Montgomery Clift are works of art.
Over the Clift
Great western. Outstanding performances all around. Especially, John Wayne as a tyrannical leader and Joanne Dru playing the traditional Howard Hawks tough no nonsense gal pal. But Montgomery Clift is the real reason to see this film. Everytime I see this movie I only wish that Monty had worked in more epics and action pictures. His sensitivity and humanity make even a two dimensional character into a portrait of a flesh and blood human being. What a talent!