The Searchers, was released in 1956. This “Western,” based on the novel by Alan LeMay, is in every respect a “Southern” story like most of the best “Westerns.” The American Film Institute has declared it the greatest Western movie of all time and the British Film Institute rates it as the seventh best film of all time. It is set on the Texas frontier ravaged for generations by war between the Texans and the Comanche. John Wayne, a former Confederate soldier, carries out a long and epic quest for his niece who was carried off as a child by the Comanche. There is a great deal of the authentic flavour of the time and place.
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