Classic Film Guide

Red River (1948)

This is a very good Howard Hawks Western starring John Wayne, Montgomery Clift, Joanne Dru, and Walter Brennan. Wayne is a hard driving task master, trying to get his herd of cattle from point A to point B; Clift is his adopted son who's not so sure there isn't a better way to run things, and rebels. John Ford, Wayne's usual director for this genre, is reported to have said "I didn't know the guy could act" after seeing this film. Great scene near the end between Wayne & Clift (father & son) fighting it out. Nominated for two Oscars and added to the National Film Registry in 1990.

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