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Released Runtime Category
1948 133 Westerns, The Essentials
Director Language
Howard Hawks English
Actors
John Wayne, Montgomery Clift, Joanne Dru, Walter Brennan, Colleen Gray

Red River

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What's it About

Bitter, unyielding cattle breeder Tom Dunson (Wayne) has been forced to take his large herd through treacherous territory to save his business. His adopted son Matthew (Clift, in his film debut) — orphaned years ago in an Indian massacre — joins him, but when the two cross swords over Dunson's obsessiveness, the older man loses his powerful temper and expels his ward, vowing to kill him if and when he next sees him.

Why we love it

Director Howard Hawks gave western icon John Wayne another indelible, ruggedly stubborn character to play in his masterful "Red River," a high point of their many collaborations. Populated by colorful supporting characters, including the salty Walter Brennan as camp cook Groot Nadine, "River" combines psychological drama, action, and suspense in a stirring, expansive western landscape. The final settling of scores between Wayne and Clift is unforgettable.

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