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The Searchers - Speculation?


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Excellent comments that I've _seen_ so far, about the ending of The Searchers.

 

I've said before my heart aches for Ethan, I'm quite enamored of him, in spite of his

flaws. Because of the good that he did and because I think loneliness is the worst

punishment any human can endure, I find the ending painful. I keep trying to put myself

into the picture and I just know I'd be dragging him inside.

 

However, this is cinema, not reality, and there is a long lasting force to Ford's more

poetic ending. He knew what he was doing.

 

I feel the resonance of the ending long, long after the film is over and I know it is

partly because of that yearning instilled from watching Ethan "wander between the

winds".

 

Lynn, I think I know where your wagon will be pointed but I look forward to reading

your take on all this. Thank you for bringing it up.

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I love what everyone is saying here. Ethan has not finished his quest yet. He still has issues to work out for himself. I agree totally that his exile is self-imposed. He's seen too much and could never reconcile it with a relatively calm and happy life on the farm. He is a relic of an older time and way of life, and he simply does not fit any more.

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The Searchers is actually playing on AMC right now, ha! With commercials, it

will be over at about ten tonight.

 

They Were Expendable (Barbara!) is on now, too. :) And its another Ford movie

without a simple ending for the Wayne character.

 

Wendy---I also think when Martha died, a part of Ethan and his hope for any kind

of happiness for himself personally, died with her. He was, perhaps, at least

gratified he could save her daughter (which, in turn, saved himself, I believe).

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> {quote:title=MissGoddess wrote:}{quote}

> The Searchers is actually playing on AMC right now, ha! With commercials, it

> will be over at about ten tonight.

 

Make that eleven. :)

 

> They Were Expendable (Barbara!) is on now, too. :) And its another Ford movie

> without a simple ending for the Wayne character.

 

Does anyone know the words to the opening theme? They really struck me this time. "To the end of the end of the fight we'll go...."

 

> Wendy---I also think when Martha died, a part of Ethan and his hope for any kind

> of happiness for himself personally, died with her. He was, perhaps, at least

> gratified he could save her daughter (which, in turn, saved himself, I believe).

 

That's an excellent point, G. Your words made me try to imagine what Ethan's fate would have been had he killed Debbie.... I think he could not have lived with it... the end of Ethan would have been very VERY dark indeed. And in imagining that ending, the one with him in the doorway seems almost hopeful.....

 

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Does anyone know the words to the opening theme? They really struck me this time. "To the end of the end of the fight we'll go...."

 

Ashamed to say I missed the opening this time. If I get a chance I'll check out the DVD.

 

That's an excellent point, G. Your words made me try to imagine what Ethan's fate would have been had he killed Debbie.... I think he could not have lived with it... the end of Ethan would have been very VERY dark indeed. And in imagining that ending, the one with him in the doorway seems almost hopeful.....

 

The book version paints an unredeemed Ethan Edwards. I think Ford's ending superior

in every way.

 

As an aside, our own Moira Finnie wrote a wonderful piece on the beloved "Ol' Mose" of

The Searchers, right here in TCM's Movie Morlocks:

 

http://moviemorlocks.com/2009/04/08/hank-worden-ol-mose-knows/

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> {quote:title=JackFavell wrote:}{quote}

> I love what everyone is saying here. Ethan has not finished his quest yet. He still has issues to work out for himself. I agree totally that his exile is self-imposed. He's seen too much and could never reconcile it with a relatively calm and happy life on the farm. He is a relic of an older time and way of life, and he simply does not fit any more.

 

Beautifully said, I couldn't agree more. I may want to watch this again on AMC tonight B-)

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> {quote:title=JackFavell wrote:}{quote}

> Does anyone know the words to the opening theme? They really struck me this time. "To the end of the end of the fight we'll go...."

>

 

I believe you're referring to "The Bonnie Blue Flag", here are the lyrics:

 

We are a band of brothers and native to the soil,

Fighting for the property we gained by honest toil;

And when our rights were threatened, the cry rose near and far,

"Hurrah for the Bonnie Blue Flag that bears a single star!"

 

Hurrah! Hurrah! For Southern rights hurrah!

Hurrah for the Bonnie Blue Flag that bears a single star.

 

As long as the Union was faithful to her trust,

Like friends and like brothers both kind were we and just;

But now, when Northern treachery attempts our rights to mar,

We hoist on high the Bonnie Blue Flag that bears a single star.

 

Hurrah! Hurrah! For Southern rights hurrah!

Hurrah for the Bonnie Blue Flag that bears a single star.

 

First gallant South Carolina nobly made the stand,

Then came Alabama, who took her by the hand;

Next quickly Mississippi, Georgia and Florida,

All raised on high the Bonnie Blue Flag that bears a single star.

 

Hurrah! Hurrah! For Southern rights hurrah!

Hurrah for the Bonnie Blue Flag that bears a single star.

 

Ye men of valor, gather round the banner of the right,

Texas and fair Louisiana join us in the fight;

Davis, our loved president, and Stephens statesman are,

Now rally round the Bonnie Blue Flag that bears a single star.

 

Hurrah! Hurrah! For Southern rights hurrah!

Hurrah for the Bonnie Blue Flag that bears a single star.

 

And here's to old Virginia, the Old Dominion State,

Who with the young Confederacy at length has linked her fate;

Impelled by her example, now other states prepare,

To hoist on high the Bonnie Blue Flag that bears a single star.

 

Hurrah! Hurrah! For Southern rights hurrah!

Hurrah for the Bonnie Blue Flag that bears a single star.

 

Then cheer, boys, cheer, raise the joyous shout,

For Arkansas and North Carolina now have both gone out;

And let another rousing cheer for Tennessee be given,

The single star of the Bonnie Blue Flag has grown to be eleven.

 

Hurrah! Hurrah! For Southern rights hurrah!

Hurrah for the Bonnie Blue Flag that bears a single star.

 

Then here's to our Confederacy, strong are we and brave,

Like patriots of old we'll fight our heritage to save;

And rather than submit to shame, to die we would prefer,

So cheer for the Bonnie Blue Flag that bears a single star.

 

Hurrah! Hurrah! For Southern rights hurrah!

Hurrah for the Bonnie Blue Flag that bears a single star.

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