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Red River (1948)

Western | 133 minutes
3,59 229 votes

Genre: Western

Duration: 133 minuten

Country: United States

Directed by: Howard Hawks and Arthur Rosson

Stars: John Wayne, Montgomery Clift and Joanne Dru

IMDb score: 7,8 (34.603)

Releasedate: 26 August 1948

Red River plot

"Big as the Men Who Faced This Challenge! Bold as the Women Who Loved Them!"

Tom Dunson is a large and powerful cattle owner. He and his adopted son Matthew Garth drive cattle from Texas to Missouri. But along the way, Tom Dunson behaves so tyrannically that Matthew decides to take the cattle elsewhere. Tom Dunson vows revenge and chases.

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avatar van Movsin


  • 7880 messages
  • 8202 votes

Saw the film about 7 years ago and not exactly thrilled because of the ending that was not at the level of what went before (unlikely romance, farcical ending...)

Of course nothing has changed in the film after a recent second vision but let's say that the appreciation of the cinematic value of the film, the cattle drive with the Red River Cross, has increased even more and uses the term cowboy film if ever should be instead of western then it is for this "Red River" with its spectacular 1000 miles cattle run and its attendants.

And the lock? Bah, Americans are not shy of a quick-romance (also in their films noir from that time, why not in their westerns) and about the farcical at the end. Well, when two headstrong stubborns face each other, when there's still affection in the ground, then in the retaliatory moment they may both see that they just didn't want to lose face, but that the hatred wasn't nearly as deep. Ending with a quip then solves a lot (for the time being). Allright then. Good western.

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avatar van killerfreak


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A new chance for a western film, and yet this one too cannot convince me enough. Nice underlining music, though. And the story itself is also okay; bridging a time span of X number of years.

But still I can't help my interest/attention drifting every now and then. Not a lot is happening; I already knew better about the acting talent (in other westerns), and I think the ending is a somewhat missed opportunity. Too bad, because I expected a little more from this.

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avatar van Bobbejaantje


  • 1903 messages
  • 1868 votes

Introducing a classic. Entertained me with the story giving rise to epic pictures. They may not get a mention in the credits, but the starring role is reserved for the cattle, without them no film.

And they are well accompanied by John Wayne and Montgomery Clift. I had already seen the latter at work elsewhere and I can conclude that he also does well in this western setting, as a tough guy with a soft side. The field of tension between the two is nicely initiated, with symbolism added, and then worked out to a climax. The side stories contain humor, drama and romance, and it is also natural to enjoy the landscapes. Good choice by Howard Hawks to go for black and white, allegedly because he wanted to emphasize the realistic nature of the tour and didn't have much faith in the technicolor condition at the time.

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