Through exploring John Ford ‘s filmography I’ve found a new appreciation for John Wayne where, to be honest, there was none at all before. Mar 10, Rating: Aug 8, Full Review…. There were these massed columns of Apaches in their warpaint and feather bonnets It’s hard to imagine a more beautiful black and white film or one where so much care and effort was given to make a great film. Thursday himself survives but then returns to die with the last of his trapped men.

Share this Rating Title: A small-town sheriff in the American West enlists the help of a cripple, a drunk, and a young gunfighter in his efforts to hold in jail the brother of the local bad guy. Wayne and Fonda are both very good and the musical score was brilliant. The first part in John Ford’s Cavalry Trilogy and it’s a complete epic. This is a wonderful story with great characters, messages, and overall outlook concerning the west. Cliff Clark as Stage Driver.

I think the most interesting thing about the film is its rather sympathetic view of the American Indians–they were shown as being decent and 3-dimensional and Wayne repeatedly stressed the importance of our country keeping its word of massacto to them as well.

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Dunson leads a cattle drive, the culmination of over 14 years of work, to its destination in Missouri. Captain Nathan Brittles, on the eve of retirement, takes out a last patrol to stop an impending massive Indian attack. Henry Fonda who we are far more used to playing heroic, sympathetic roles is the cavalry officer ordered to bring him back to the reservation whose arrogance and lack of understanding of or respect for the Apache leads to disaster. Francis Ford as Fen, the Stagecoach Guard.

For other uses, see Fort Apache. Grant Withers as Silas Meacham. The Quiet Man Log in with Facebook. Owen Thursday Ward Bond as Sgt. Full Cast and Crew. Ford gives us telling evidence of tragic ambiguity. Roughhouse camaraderie, sentimental vignettes of frontier life, massive action sequences staged in Monument Valley – all are part of Fort Apache. A Tribute to a Legend Vietnam! The screenplay was inspired by James Warner Bellah ‘s short story “Massacre” One of the highlights of American cinema.


Wayne and Fonda are fine. Well, boys, we’ve a man’s work ahead of us this day. Yes, I saw it when last I in Washington.


Daniel Schattuck Ray Hyke Just leave us a message here and we will work on getting you verified. Cochise spares York and the rest of the detachment because he knows York to be an honorable man.

One of the most astonishing things: Was this review helpful to you? A bit further on in the movie York Wayne is ordered to take a platoon from “A” Troop and trail the telegraph repair crew at a striking distance.

Fonda’s final scene is one of the most powerful I’ve seen. One of John Ford’s cavalry trilogy, and a near classic on its own. Thursday doesn’t hate Indians, he just sees them as less than human.

As Wayne discusses Thursday’s merits, he looks out fondly at his battalion, their reflections superimposed over Wayne’s gaze. At Fort Apache, an honorable and veteran war captain finds conflict when his regime is placed under the command of a young, glory hungry lieutenant colonel with no respect for the local Indian tribe. Mar 8, Rating: Likewise Wayne plays more enlightened and reasonable….

Emily Collingwood Irene Rich Now I realize how silly it was saying I loved Westerns all the while refusing to watch John Wayne films. Despite criticism leveled towards Agar by the media over the years and to a lesser extent, to the adult TempleI think they did just fine in their roles and made a positive contribution to the movie.


Feb 24, Full Review…. In the end, is it wise to engage in battle when personal glory is all you seek? Folks who are looking for action in the oldest tradition of the screen, observed through a genuine artist’s camera, will find plenty of it here.

Mary O’Rourke Dick Foran Three outlaws on the run find a dying woman in the desert who gives birth to a baby.

That was a magnificent work. The opening of the film is typical of Ford’s dewy eyed romanticism of the old west featuring the usual mix of likable, hard drinking rabble-rousing soldiers, slapstick comedy and naive romanticism set to epic western landscapes.

In his review of the DVD release of Fort Apache inNew York Times movie critic Dave Kehr called it “one of the great achievements of classical American cinema, a film of immense complexity that never fails to reveal new cxst with each viewing Trivia Although this and the others in the Cavalry Trilogy are now considered important films, John Ford once described them as “potboilers” made primarily for money. An American Civil War veteran embarks on a journey to rescue his niece from the Comanches.

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Graham Jones Super Reviewer. Ward Bond as Sgt. Encumbered by women who must be evacuated, Brittles finds his mission imperiled. Fred Graham as Irish Recruit. New Rochelle, New York: Festus Mulcahy Guy Kibbee as Capt.