Red River

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Released 1948

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Director:
Richard Michaels
Released:
1948
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Red River is a 1948 Western film about the historic first cattle drive from Texas to Kansas. Directed by Howard Hawks, Red River recounts the conflict between Thomas Dunson (John Wayne), a cantankerous cattle rancher, and his adopted son Matthew Garth (Montgomery Clift). Before Dunson became a successful cattle rancher, he set out to found a cattle ranch in Texas. After a Native American tribe attacks and destroys a wagon train, Dunson finds the young Matthew hiding among the rubble. Fourteen years later, Dunson is a big time cattle rancher with thousands of cattle but no one to sell them to. With his son and some hired hands, he sets out with his herd towards Missouri, where he hopes to sell his cattle. Dunson runs his cattle drive like it is a military expedition, and he is the overbearing, cruel officer. When his punishments become too much to bear, and his men begin to desert, his son steps forward to stop his father, sparking a generational conflict which can only end in bloodshed.

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    Military & War, Classics