The Searchers

119 mins.
Directed by John Ford
NR
1956

THE SEARCHERS is presented as part of Print the Legend: Classic American Westerns. Each film starts with a lively introduction from film expert Nina Kleinberg and is followed by a Q&A.

You will find THE SEARCHERS on almost all lists of the best Westerns ever made. It is truly a masterpiece of film making, often cited as director John Ford’s greatest work. The Technicolor wide-screen cinematography is exquisite. But its treatment of Native Americans—and it’s evasion of the truth on which the story is based—are a challenge for today’s film-goers.

What really happened when a young white settler was abducted by the Comanches? And what is Teddy Roosevelt doing in this story? Come and find out.