Red River

Synopsis: Fourteen years after starting his cattle ranch in Texas, Tom Dunston is finally ready to drive his 10,000 head of cattle to market. Back then Dunston, his sidekick Nadine Groot and a teen-aged boy, Matt Garth -who was the only survivor of an Indian attack on a wagon train - started off with only two head of cattle. The nearest market however is in Missouri, a 1000 miles away. Dunston is a hard task master demanding a great deal from the men who have signed up for the drive. Matt is a grown man now and fought in the Civil War. He has his own mind as well and he soon runs up against the stubborn Dunston who won't listen to advice from anyone. Soon, the men on the drive are taking sides and Matt ends up in charge with Dunston vowing to kill him.
Director(s): Howard Hawks, Arthur Rosson (co-director)
Production: MGM Home Entertainment
  Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
133 min

What's wrong, Campbell?

We got three hours yet before we stop.

Dunson here says

he's leaving the train.

- Is that right? You leaving?

- I am.

You can't do that.

You signed on.

- You agreed--

- I signed nothing. If I had, I'd stay.

If you'll remember, I joined your train

after you left St. Louis.

Wait. You know this is Indian country.

You might be walking into trouble.

For two days past and this day

we've seen smoke and signs.

We know.

They're around somewhere.

I can feel them.

The Comanches are welcome to you,

but not to your bull and cows.

We need the beginnings of herds

in California.

You're right about one thing.

The beginning of herds.

But I'm starting my own herd.

I watched the land south of here

since we left the Salt Fork.

It's good land. Good grass for beef.

I'm going south where it is.

You're too good a gun for me to let you

leave the train now.

Then I'm too good a gun

for you to argue with.

If I was you, Colonel,

I'd ponder on letting him be.

He's a mighty set man when his mind's

made up. Even you can't change it.

He'll be heading south. Mind he don't

stomp on you on the way out.

- Are you leaving too?

- Colonel, me and Dunson--

Well, it's me and Dunson.

- Tell him I wish him luck.

- Good luck to you, Colonel.

- I decided last night.

- I decided too. I want to go with you.

- I'll send for you--

- I know you've work to do, Tom.

I want to be part of it.

I love you. I want to be with you.

- Not now.

- I'm asking you, Tom. Please take me.

I'm strong.

I can stand anything you can.

- It's too much for a woman.

- Too much for a woman?

Put your arms around me, Tom.

Hold me. Feel me in your arms.

Do I feel weak, Tom?

I don't, do I?

You'll need me.

You'll need a woman.

You need what a woman can give you

to do what you have to do.

Listen to me, Tom. Listen

with your head and your heart too.

The sun only shines half the time, Tom.

The other half is night.

- I've made up my mind.

- Once in your life, change your mind.

I'll send for you.

Will you come?

Of course I'll come,

but you're wrong.

My mother's.

Oh, go, please.

If you're going to go, please, go now.

I want to be with you so much,

my knees feel like--

like they've knives in them.


[ Groot Shouting, Whistling ]

Team! Giddap!

[ Groot ] Whoa! What river

do you reckon that is?

The Red River, I think.

If it is, that's Texas

on the other side.

How about calling it a day, huh?

All right.

Wheel your wagon--

All right.

Wheel your wagon--

That's too big for

a signal smoke, ain't it?


It's just about where

the wagon train would be.

Why do Indians always want

to be burning up good wagons?

Take us hours to get back there.

Yeah. We should

have took her along.

They'll most likely

send some out after us.

If they do--

This is as good a place as any.

Swing the wagon around.

We'll keep the river to our back.

[ Whistling ]

Hey! Giddap!

[ Crickets Chirping ]


We could have been wrong about

that smoke. She might have got away.

- Oh, I wish it--

- [ Hooting ]

[ Hooting ]

[ Hooting ]

There they are.

I hope they ain't too many of them.

[ Whistling ]

[ Whistling ]

[ Bird Call ]

[ Bird Call ]

[ Bird Call ]

[ Bird Call ]

- [ War Whoops ]

- Give me your rifle!

[ War Whoops ]


[ Gunshot ]

- You all right, Tom?

- Yeah.

I got two more of them. Near as I can

figure, there's only one of them left.

They got the two cows, but--

Oh, Tom.

That's too bad.

We should have took--

[ Hooting ]

That's him.

- Answer him.

- Huh?

Answer him.

[ Whistling ]

[ Hooting ]

[ Whistling ]

[ Hooting ]

[ Hooting ]

[ Whistling ]

Let's get out of here.

Yeah, and give them buzzards

a chance.

[ Bellowing ]

Shooting and screaming

and people dying...

and burning the wagons

and shooting and screaming and burning.

- People dying and wagons burning--

- Where'd you come from?

It was all burning.

Only Indians around.

- Just all burning and smoking--

- How'd you get away?

- They were burning everything.

- He's plumb out of his head.

It was plain. I could see it. They were

burning the wagons. People screaming--

- I wouldn't do that again.

- Put that gun down.

Don't do that again.

All right, sonny.

I was just asking where you came--

Don't ever trust anybody

till you know them.

I won't, after this.

Thanks for telling me.

All right. Now, how'd you get away?

I was following my cow.

She got away in the brush.

Miles it seemed like.

Up a long hill she went.

Then I heard them.

And then I saw them.

And I wish I hadn't.

It looks like

we'll have to take you along.

Are you going to use it?

No. No.

But don't ever try

to take it away from me again.

He'll do.

Tie 'em up short.

Get up on the seat.

- Let's go.

- [ Groot Whistling, Shouting ]

- We're in Texas!

- It feels good to me!

This is it. This is where

we start growing good beef.

Sure looks good, Tom.

Worth coming 2,000 miles for.

Everything a man could want.

Good water and grass. And plenty of it.

- Who this belong to?

- Me!

Someday that will

all be covered with good beef.

I'll put a mark, a brand, on 'em

to show they're mine too.

What kind of a mark?

I've been thinking about that.

It'll be two lines.

Like this.

Like the banks of a river.

It'll be the Red River brand.

We'll start now.

Get a fire going, Matt. Heat the iron.

There's the first one.

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Borden Chase

Borden Chase (January 11, 1900 – March 8, 1971) was an American writer. more…

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