|Howard Hawks, Arthur Rosson (co-director)|
|John Wayne, Montgomery Clift, Joanne Dru, Walter Brennan, Coleen Gray, Harry Carey, John Ireland, Harry Carey Jr.|
|Western, Action, Adventure|
“Red River” was a huge success at the box office and until the making of the western “True Grit,” this film was considered by many critics to be John Wayne’s best western movie role.
John Wayne stars as Tom Dunson, a man who has forsaken everything (including love), in order to build his cattle empire from the ground up. When the local cattle market goes bad, he decides that he must take his herd to another state cattle market or lose everything.
The only real option that Dunson has is to do a cattle drive from Texas to Missouri along the Chisolm Trail – a path known for its extreme difficulty and danger. Nevertheless, Dunson sets out with his foster son Matt Garth (Montgomery Clift) and a group of hired cowboys for the long, lengthy cattle drive.
The cowboys suffer many hardships on the trail – trials that would break the average man. The pressure begins to wear on Dunson who starts riding his own men (and son) and hard as the herd. Matt confronts his foster father Dunson about his harsh and demanding behavior, which is bordering psychotic. This results in a bitter confrontation between the two men.
The herd must keep moving to market. Father and son now hate each other.
The Chisholm Trail has become their path of rage!
John Wayne gives a riveting performance in this classic western as Tom Dunson. Montgomery Clift co-stars as his adopted son Matt Garth. Their relationship turns sour and almost deadly when they become enemies while driving cattle from Texas to Missouri.
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