Red River (Criterion Collection) (2-DVD)
Big as the Men Who Faced This Challenge! Bold as the Women Who Loved Them!
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- Number of Discs: 2
- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 2 hours, 7 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Released: May 29, 2018
- Originally Released: 1948
- Label: Criterion Collection
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|John Wayne & Montgomery Clift
|Walter Brennan, Joanne Dru, Coleen Gray, John Ireland & Noah Beery Jr.
|Borden Chase & Charles Schnee
|Art Direction by
|John Datu Arensman
|Director of Photography:
|Executive Production by
|Charles K. Feldman
Red River, as a comment on frontier courage, loyalty, and leadership, is a romantic, simple-minded mush, but an ingeniously lyrical film nonetheless. Full Review
The best westerns always undercut their own myths, and few are more gorgeously conflicted than Red River. Full Review
The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
Rating: 3.5/4 -- inaugurated the second, more intriguing half of John Wayne's career, enabling him to be cast in roles that were more than just macho posturing and gruff heroism Full Review
Q Network Film Desk
The staging of physical conflict is deadly, equalling anything yet seen on the screen. Full Review
...Russell Harlan's cinematography finds classical compositions in the drive, arrangements of men, sky and trees....Hawks is wonderful at setting moods...
Red River contains everything a western should have and throws in a few things more. Full Review
Rating: 10/10 -- Wayne is an offbeat presence in River. His longish hair and loose gait - the latter usually indicating a relaxed sense of power - now imply a man out of his place, and a kind of restlessness. Full Review
RED RIVER, Howard Hawks's masterpiece, is one of the greatest Westerns ever filmed, a saga of obsession and rivalry between a man and his adoptive son amid an epic struggle for survival in the Old West. Tom Dunson (John Wayne) journeys west to Texas to build a cattle empire and adopts Matthew Garth, a young boy orphaned by an Indian raid. Years later, Matthew (Montgomery Clift) returns from the Civil War and joins Dunson on a massive cattle drive north undertaken to avoid financial ruin. Stampedes and Indian attacks build tension, but it is Dunson's ironfisted leadership that causes the most problems, finally bringing the action to a boiling point that pits father against son. This bold canvas of the American frontier features stirring performances, including Clift in his first film and Wayne in one of his finest and most complex roles, stunning photography shot on location in Arizona, and a perfect balance of action, drama, romance, and comedy from one of Hollywood's greatest directors.