Red River (1948)

HOWARD HAWKS, ARTHUR ROSSEN

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5

USA, 1948.  Monterey Productions.  Story by , Screenplay by Borden Chase, .  Cinematography by . Produced by Howard Hawks.  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  Academy Awards 1948.  

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.

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