Friday, March 6, 2015

Red River

1948 American Feature

Cast: John Wayne, Montgomery Clift, Joanne Dru, Walter Brennan, Coleen Gray, Harry Carey Sr., John Ireland, Noah Beery Jr. and Harry Carey Jr.
Director: Howard Hawks, with co-director Arthur Rosson
Writer: Borden Chase and Charles Schnee, based on the story Blazing Guns on the Chisholm Trail by Borden Chase

A taciturn Texas cattle rancher adopts a young boy orphaned by a native raid on a wagon train. After coming of age, the son finds himself compelled to challenge his father during an epic cattle drive.


  • Internet Movie Database: 7.8/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 100% / Audience: 87%
  • OMG rating: 8/10

  • DVD/Blu-ray: Available
  • Soundtrack: Available
  • Book: Available


  • Academy Award nominations for Best Writing - Motion Picture Story and Film Editing.
  • Directors Guild of America Award nomination for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures.
  • Writers Guild of America Award nomination for Best Written American Western.

  • Borden Chase's original story was first serialized in The Saturday Evening Post in 1946 under the title Blazing Guns on the Chisholm Trail.
  • Casting Call: Gary Cooper, Cary Grant and Burt Lancaster.
  • The only film in which Harry Carey Sr. (in his final film role) and his son Harry Carey Jr. co-starred in although they have no scenes together.
  • The famous scene where Montgomery Clift and John Ireland compare their revolvers was rumored to be a reference to Ireland's endowment.
  • In 1998, Red River was remade for television starring Bruce Boxleitner, James Arness and Gregory Harrison.
  • In 2008, Red River was ranked the #5 Western on the American Film Institute's "10 Top 10" list.
  • Red River was released on DVD and Blu-ray as part of The Criterion Collection in 2014.

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