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Dunson leads a cattle drive, the culmination of over 14 years of work, to its destination in Missouri. But his tyrannical behavior along the way causes a mutiny, led by his adopted son.
Howard Hawks claimed the problem with the one scene that invites criticism, the ending, was not the scene itself but the way Joanne Dru played it.
When we get back to the ranch, I want you to change the brand. It'll be like this: The Red River D, and we'll add an M to it. You don't mind that, do you?
Matt Garth: No.
Thomas Dunson: You earned it.
Film set in 1865, but using Model 1892 Winchesters to shoot Indians when they attack the wagon train.
Opening credits prologue: Among the annals of the great state of Texas may be found the story of the first drive on the famous Chisholm Trail. A story of one of the great cattle herds of the world, of a man and a boy--Thomas Dunson and Matthew Garth, the story of the Red River D.
The director's cut restores 8 minutes of footage normally cut from the tv version of the film (back to the original 133 minutes).
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