Dir. Howard Hawks. 1948, 133 mins. With John Wayne, Montgomery Clift. One of the finest Westerns ever made, Red River provides a fictional account of the first cattle drive from Texas to Kansas along the Chisolm Trail. Tom Dunson (Wayne) builds a cattle empire with his adopted son Matthew Garth (Clift). Together they begin a massive cattle drive north from Texas to the Missouri railhead. But on the way, new information and Dunson’s tyrannical ways cause Matthew to turn against his father. Clift is devastatingly sensual in his screen debut.
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