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Red River

11 Aug

Director Howard Hawks’s classic, Red River reminds me, Mutiny on the Bounty, but on horses. Thomas Dunson (John Wayne) sets out on a one hundred day journey to take nine thousand steers across the dangerous Texas frontier to Missouri. Along the way, his men must fight Native American attackers, stampedes, food rations, and bad coffee, but the film’s main antagonist is Dunson and his tyrannical rule over his company. Eventually, his prodigy, Matt Garth (Montgomery Clift) thwarts his efforts to hang two deserters and leaves Wayne on the open plains, wounded and alone. The film turns from ride to revenge at the tip of a cowboy hat.

I love Wayne wearing the black hat and Clift is a great actor, but I am not sure today’s audiences would have the patience to sit through the numerous scenes of cattle walking along the Texas plains. This is one film I would like to see in color and on the big screen.


Chuck’s Grade: A-

Adam’s Grade: B+