Northwest Passage

Major Robert Rogers, leader of the celebrated Rogers' Rangers fighting force, takes on one of the most challenging expeditions in military history.
Northwest Passage
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Format:  DVD-R
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DVD-R Details

  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 2 hours, 8 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
  • Released: November 22, 2011
  • Originally Released: 1940
  • Label: Warner Archive Collection (MOD)

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User Ratings: 573
Rating: 5/5 -- Surprisingly gritty, realistic MGM version of early pioneers led by Spencer Tracy's Rogers.
Feb 24, 2008
...Spencer Tracy is quite good...
USA Today
Feb 23, 1990
Rating: A- -- A rousing adventure story of epic proportions. Full Review
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
May 12, 2010

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Spencer Tracy and a stellar supporting cast grab muskets, gun powder and knives, and head out for adventure in Northwest Passage, a lavish Technicolor retelling of French and Indian War heroics. Based on Kenneth Robert's best-seller, Tracy plays true-life explorer Major Robert Rogers, the intrepid leader of the celebrated Rogers' Rangers fighting force that took on one of the most challenging expeditions in military history.

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Based on Kenneth Roberts's 1937 novel, this rousing tribute to Rogers' Rangers, a guerrilla unit attached to the British army during the French and Indian War, stars Spencer Tracy as the tough-minded Robert Rogers. When rebellious artist Langdon Towne (Robert Young) needs to leave his native New Hampshire after nearly being jailed for libeling the provincial governor, he accepts Rogers's offer to join his company as they seek a northwestern route to the Pacific. Along with his friend Hunk Marriner (Walter Brennan), he soon finds the arduous journey more demanding than expected but is driven forward by the iron will of Rogers. Taking revenge for a spate of recent Indian massacres, the Rangers execute a sneak attack on an Abenaki village, wiping out its inhabitants and burning it to the ground, leaving a powerful impression on the young artist. They head for an assignation with the British at Fort Wentworth, believing that they'll be able to restock their sadly depleted supplies, but find the fort completely empty on arrival. The reliably excellent Tracy leads a fine supporting cast in a film that is surprisingly gritty in its portrayal of his company's travails. Vidor's exhaustive research into the period paid off in settings that have the feel of absolute authenticity.


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  • UPC: 883316336281
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