Paying tribute to John Ford -- Orsen Wells, George Lucas, and Kevin Costner are some of Hollywood's brass taking cues from the director

By Stephen Schaefer
April 10, 1992 at 04:00 AM EDT

Once asked which directors he most admired, Orson Welles replied, ”The old masters…by which I mean John Ford, John Ford, and John Ford.” The influence of Ford, the four-time Academy Award-winning director who died in 1973, endures. Kevin Costner’s Dances With Wolves (1990) was modeled on classic Ford Westerns like Cheyenne Autumn (1964). George Lucas pays homage to the director in ABC’s Young Indiana Jones Chronicles: The narrator, 93-year-old Indie, is a ringer for the aged Ford. Now there’s a Ford in our future: Ron Howard’s Far and Away, due Memorial Day weekend. The film, with Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman, is an epic Irish romance in the manner of Ford’s The Quiet Man (1952).

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