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½ March 22, 2017
A film worthy of study. Amazing darkness to what first appears a light hearted western. The relevance to contemporary racism and radicalisation is rife in a movie that can make you think twice about how you think. Please disregard the occasional moment of appalling bad acting that belongs in a local town amdram. The majority is world class. Call me blind, but I loved it in the opening credits. I love it still.
March 2, 2017
This late era Ford film catches flak for being a sort of a rehash of The Searchers, but it's different enough that it stands alone as being a fine film despite. The performances are masterful, Ford's direction is great per usual, and the film is perhaps even darker than The Searchers.
½ June 29, 2016
Two Rode Together is a decent film. It is about US Army who is under pressure from the desperate relatives of white prisoners of the Comanches to secure their rescue. James Stewart and Richard Widmark give good performances. The screenplay is a little slow in places. John Ford did an alright job directing this movie. I liked this motion picture but not one of my favorites.
Super Reviewer
April 13, 2015
John Ford reboots The Searchers, this time dividing the action between Richard Widmark and Jimmy Stewart, two established commodities, instead of John Wayne and newbie Jeffrey Hunter. The result is more scattered but more of a buddy movie, which the two particulars achieve pretty well. Its engaging for that reason. Interestingly, Ford chooses black guy Woody Strode to play "the bad Indian". What the hell is that all about?
October 23, 2014
Boring western about recovering captives from the Indians.
½ September 20, 2014
Touted by the film's trailer as an authentic western, or more accurately "how it really was," Two Rode Together features Jimmy Stewart portraying a somewhat gritty U.S. marshal who has settled in a small town, only to be, as he puts it, "dragged" away by his friend to speak with an army major. He finds himself being recruited to hunt down Comanche and save the people whom they've been kidnapping for many years, but for a price. To be honest, I couldn't help but flash back to The Searchers while watching this film. It's certainly apparent that it's neither Stewart's nor Ford's best material. It feels a bit tired and seems to be going down territory that's all too familiar to really stand on its own. That's not to say that there isn't any merit to it. There are plenty of big landscapes, large open vistas, and interesting characters, all of which John Ford was known for and excelled at. Unfortunately, it's with material that feels like it's reaching just a little too high. It feels more like a TV version of a much bigger film to me. Not only that, but the overall tone wavers just a little bit too much. It's not one of Ford's finest, but it's certainly not his worst (not that I'd really ever classify any John Ford film as being "the worst").
½ November 2, 2013
director john ford's lessor westerns from late career
August 28, 2013
Different from most ford films in that there was much more mainstream dialogue and character development. He did cover the dilemmas of kidnapped pioneers and them living with Comanches and how afterwards they could not integrate back into society because of the unaccepting. Stewart was good and had some good character to him, he had a good supporting cast as well.
July 22, 2013
Monday, July 22, 2013

(1961) Two Rode Together
WESTERN COMMENATRY

After the civil war, although the war between the north and south was already over, their was a new war that began, and it happens to be with Native Americans who they capture from ravaging pioneers who settle down and so forth... Some are suspected to be still alive and are being held up and raised by Native Americans. Both Marshal Guthrie McCabe (James Stewart) and his partner First Lt. Jim Gary(Richard Widmark) were both assigned to 'rode together' to retrieve some of those captives creating much debates. Might as well call this "The Searchers" part 2 except that the original running time is 109 minutes when it's better as a long running series or one whole movie divided into three movies since director John Ford obviously wanted to say many things in this film but can only manage to say only a few instead which some or many things weren't properly addressed leaving viewers with more questions. James Stewart and Richard Widmark are great together as always and it was a result of their performances that hold this film together- not so much the script since it's obviously been compromised to be shortened.

2.5 out of 4 stars
½ May 17, 2013
Leisurely John Ford Western doesn't have much action, but the pleasant story makes up for it--Stewart and Widmark ride together!!
February 23, 2013
Two great actors ride together. Nothing Special
½ July 18, 2012
Jimmy Stewart continued to explore his darker side (as he had in the Westerns of Anthony Mann) in John Ford's "Two Rode Together" as a corrupt sheriff commissioned to retrieve white captives from a Comanche camp years after they've already been assimilated into their captors' culture. Despite its thematic similarities to Ford's earlier "The Searchers", which stands as one of his finer films, this late career entry falls prey to the same stumbling blocks of most of his other Westerns, including ill-advised slapstick levity, its one-dimensional, antagonistic treatment of Native America (perhaps more a product of the times), and a certain disregard for dramatic structure. Still, Stewart his terrific, and has great chemistry with costar Richard Widmark as his more morally upstanding partner.
February 3, 2012
A lot of this seemed like almost a remake of "The Searchers" from five years earlier, but the emphasis was split between two characters stuck together and coming out the better for it. I didn't really get the same feeling from John Wayne and Jeffrey Hunter in "The Searchers" as I did from Jimmy Stewart and Richard Widmark in this film--the latter were far more likeable, and so the movie was more straightforward than the earlier movie. This wasn't necessarily a bad thing because it allowed a bit of a comedic feel to permeate the film. I liked it.
½ July 22, 2011
Minor late John Ford. It's entertaining and well composed visually, but the material is all-over the place from racism commentary a la The Searchers to ineffective broad comedy.
½ April 22, 2011
I've never liked John Ford's westerns too much and this makes no expection.
Super Reviewer
October 23, 2010
This is a western that stars James Stewart and Richard Widmark. Stewart is a sheriff who gets enlisted by the army to ask a tribe of Comanches about some hostages due to his past ties with the tribe. Of course Stewart's character is not all heart and wants to make a profit on this. This is a decent enough western. Stewart is great as usual in his role. His character was the best thing in the movie. Widmark was okay as well in this next to Stewart. The story is solid enough. I would not call this Stewart's best western. But if your a fan of westerns or are a James Stewart fan then give this film a chance.
July 18, 2010
This film leads you to wonder who are the real savages, is it the saviour to the people who have lost their relatives to a Comanche tribe who bleeds them dry with promises to find their sons and daughters; the man who forces a Comanche to rejoin white society against his will; the gossips who reject a young woman for her past life as a Comanche woman; or the Comanche tribesmen themselves with their primitive habits, a language of grunts and their treatment of women. Not a clear cut Western by a long shot.
July 17, 2010
Hokum, but annoying hokum
July 17, 2010
Hokum, but annoying hokum
April 6, 2010
a run of the mill western. a decent watch but unmemorable. which is surprising coming from John Ford.
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