Natalie Wood, Vera Miles, Ward Bond, John Qualen, Henry Brandon, Hank Worden
Western, Drama, Adventure
Directors Guild Nomination - Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures
Date of Release
Merian C. Cooper, Patrick Ford
Setting and Context
The American West, three years after the Civil War has ended
Narrator and Point of View
Tone and Mood
Dramatic, Serious, Epic
Protagonist and Antagonist
Protagonist is Ethan Edwards. Antagonist is Scar
Scar and his tribe have killed Ethan's brother and his family and kidnapped their two daughters. They murder the oldest and raise Debbie the youngest as a Comanche. Ethan and Martin set out to find Debbie.
Ethan and Martin find Debbie with Scar and after killing Scar in battle, they are able to bring Debbie home.
Brad tells Ethan to stop saying Lucy is probably dead. This foreshadows Ethan finding Lucy in the canyon, murdered.
Innovations in Filming or Lighting or Camera Techniques
Allusions to Christianity, Native American culture, the Civil War.
After seeing that Debbie is living as a Comanche, Ethan would rather kill Debbie than bring her home safely, which would undermine their entire mission.
The final shot of Ethan framed by the inside of the Edwards home as he leaves parallels the opening scene where Ethan is welcomed home, onto the porch of his brother, Aaron.
The Searchers Questions and Answers
The Question and Answer section for The Searchers is a great
resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.