Red River Film Still

Red River

Howard Hawks

Red River (Criterion Blu-Ray/DVD Combo)

27 May 2014

Dual Format Blu-ray/DVD

4 Discs

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  • United States
  • 1948
  • 127 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.37:1
  • English
  • Spine #709

No matter what genre he worked in, Howard Hawks played by his own rules, and never was this more evident than in his first western, the rowdy and whip-smart Red River. In it, John Wayne found one of his greatest roles, as an embittered, tyrannical Texas rancher whose tensions with his independent-minded adopted son—played by Montgomery Clift in a breakout performance—reach epic proportions during a cattle drive to Missouri. The film is based on a novel that dramatizes the real-life late nineteenth-century expeditions along the Chisholm Trail, but Hawks is less interested in historical accuracy than in tweaking the codes of masculinity that propel the myths of the American West. The unerringly macho Wayne and the neurotic, boyish Clift make for an improbably perfect pair, held aloft by a quick-witted, multilayered screenplay and Hawks’s formidable direction.


Thomas DunsonJohn Wayne
Matthew GarthMontgomery Clift
Tess MillayJoanne Dru
Nadine GrootWalter Brennan
FenColeen Gray
Mr. MelvilleHarry Carey Sr.
Cherry ValanceJohn Ireland
Buster McGeeNoah Beery Jr.
Dan LatimerHarry Carey Jr.
QuoChief Yowlachie
Teeler YaceyPaul Fix
Simms ReevesHank Worden
Young Matthew GarthMickey Kuhn
Walt JergensRay Hyke
Old LeatherHal Taliaferro
Bunk KenneallyIvan Parry


DirectorHoward Hawks
Produced byHoward Hawks
ScreenplayBorden Chase and Charles Schnee
From the Saturday Evening Post story byBorden Chase
CodirectorArthur Rosson
Photographed byRussell Harlan
Film editorChristian Nyby
Art directorJohn Datu Arensma
SoundRichard Deweese
Music composed and directed byDimitri Tiomkin
The song “Settle Down” byDimitri Tiomkin
Music recorderVinton Vernon
MakeupLee Greenway
Special effectsDonald Steward
Special photographic effectsAllan Thompson
Assistant directorWilliam McCarrey
Production managerNorman Cook

Disc Features

  • New 2K digital restoration of the rarely presented original theatrical release version, the preferred cut of director Howard Hawks, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New 2K digital restoration of the longer, prerelease version of Red River, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New interview with filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich about Red River and the two versions
  • New interview with critic Molly Haskell about Hawks and Red River
  • New interview with film scholar Lee Clark Mitchell about the western genre
  • Audio excerpts from a 1972 conversation between Hawks and Bogdanovich
  • Audio excerpts from a 1970 interview with novelist and screenwriter Borden Chase
  • Lux Radio Theatre adaptation of Red River from 1949, featuring John Wayne, Joanne Dru, and Walter Brennan
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Geoffrey O’Brien and a 1991 interview with Hawks’s longtime editor Christian Nyby (dual-format only); a new paperback edition of Chase’s original novel, previously out of print (dual-format only)

    New cover by Eric Skillman

Film Essays


Red River: The Longest Drive

By Geoffrey O’BrienMay 27, 2014

Howard Hawks was both a skillful Hollywood craftsman and a deeply personal artist, and this . . . Read more »




Red River: An Interview with Christian Nyby

By Ric GentryJune 05, 2014

The following is excerpted from an interview with Red River editor Christian Nyby that critic . . . Read more »

10 Things I Learned

10 Things I Learned: Red River

By Curtis TsuiMay 29, 2014

Film Essays


Red River: The Longest Drive

By Geoffrey O’BrienMay 27, 2014

Howard Hawks was both a skillful Hollywood craftsman and a deeply personal artist, and this . . . Read more »



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Other Editions

Red River (Criterion DVD)

8 Jul 2014


2 Discs

SRP: $29.95

Criterion Store price:$23.96

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