Howard Hawks’s classic western, starring John Wayne and Montgomery Clift.
Directed by Howard Hawks
With John Wayne, Walter Brennan, Joanne Dru, John Ireland
Running time 133min
Clift was a New York stage star with an aloof attitude to Hollywood when Hawks sought him out for this classic western. That sense of coming from another acting tradition works brilliantly on screen, as adopted ‘son’ Clift challenges self-made cattle baron John Wayne on an arduous make-or-break cattle drive. The newcomer exudes self-contained intelligence, and you can see Wayne digging deeper than ever before to match him.