(out of 5)
Up there with The Searchers and Rio Bravo as the best westerns that John Wayne ever made. He gives a great performance as a hard-bitten cattle rancher who, against his better judgement, makes a near-impossible cattle drive from Texas to Missouri. Montgomery Clift is fantastic as his adopted son, who gets tired of his father’s near-insane methods and decides to splinter off from the main group and start his own cattle drive. Power play between these two, once Wayne decides to get revenge, is fantastic. There’s a hilarious double entendre scene where Clift and John Ireland compare guns.
Cinematography by Russell Harlan
Produced by Howard Hawks
Music by Dimitri Tiomkin
Production Design by John Datu
Costume Design by Jack E. Miller
Film Editing by Christian Nyby