The Searchers (1956)

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    • I know this might sound like a strange connection but I often wonder if George Lucas didn't borrow some from this film for Star Wars. Why? Because that scene where Luke comes back home on Tatooine to see the carnage of his home smoldering plays and is staged very similar to how Ethan comes back to see the carnage of their home burning. It has the same emotional trigger and looks shot with the same panning shot from afar. I was watching it the other night and I just sat back at that moment and said to myself, "Wait a minute..."
    • Rooster52 wrote:

      I know this might sound like a strange connection but I often wonder if George Lucas didn't borrow some from this film for Star Wars. Why? Because that scene where Luke comes back home on Tatooine to see the carnage of his home smoldering plays and is staged very similar to how Ethan comes back to see the carnage of their home burning. It has the same emotional trigger and looks shot with the same panning shot from afar. I was watching it the other night and I just sat back at that moment and said to myself, "Wait a minute..."
      That wouldn't surprise me at all. "The Searchers" is considered to be one of the greatest movies of all time. Many modern directors have acknowledged getting inspiration from it, including Steven Spielberg and other directing giants.
      "He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose." (Jim Elliot)
    • I can never get enough of the Searchers. Hank Worden has some of the funniest lines in that film which really help counter balance the dark tone of the story. It's one of the great classics of all time.
    • In the opening scene Ethan is wearing his Confederate coat. The strips on it are of a Sargent. They are red which would have been for the Confederacy artillery. Yellow would have been Calvary. You would have thought he would have been in the Calvary. Was this a studio oversight? only Confederate coat in wardrobe?
    • Hello and welcome to the forum, greenego. I never noticed the stripes before. As they never revealed Ethan's rank or what he did during the war (that I remember), I don't have a answer for you. Maybe someone else can reply who knows. Good eye, though!

      Mark
      "I couldn't go to sleep at night if the director didn't call 'cut'. "