Fort Apache

John Ford's Masterpiece of the Frontier!
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  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 2 hours, 8 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Released: May 22, 2007
  • Originally Released: 1948
  • Label: Turner Home Entertainment
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Audio:
    • Mono 1.0 English

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User Ratings: 7,900
Rating: A -- Inspired by the massacre of General Custer's Cavalry, John Ford's superb elegiac Western contrasts legal-rational authority (Henry Fonda) with charismatic type of authority (John Wayne) to an advantage. Full Review
EmanuelLevy.Com
Mar 10, 2008
Rating: 4.5/5 -- demonstrates that westerns weren't always one-sided and jingoistic. Full Review
Filmcritic.com
Mar 12, 2006
The nonlinear narrative, with its infinite digressions and asides, is designed less to tell a story than to present a world-a world dense in physical detail and fraught with moral challenges. Full Review
Chicago Reader
Nov 20, 2017
Fascinating Western loaded with political and social commentary. Full Review
Classic Film and Television
Aug 8, 2008
Ford gives us telling evidence of tragic ambiguity. Full Review
Time Out
Jan 26, 2006
Rating: 5/5 -- One of the highlights of American cinema. Full Review
Radio Times
Nov 20, 2017
Rating: A -- [Balances] a respect for classic American frontier virtues with a less generous assessment of how those virtues were applied. Full Review
AV Club
Nov 20, 2017

Product Description:

The first film of John Ford's celebrated Cavalry Trilogy, FORT APACHE mirrors the effects of the director's wartime experience on his attitude toward military command. Lt. Col. Owen Thursday (Henry Fonda), a West Point-trained Civil War veteran, is sent to command the remote Arizona outpost of Fort Apache. An arrogant, by-the-book officer, he's annoyed at having drawn such an ignominious assignment. Despite the warnings of veteran Indian-fighter Capt. Kirby York (John Wayne), he dismisses the notion that a group of savages could possibly be of concern to one possessing his military prowess. After Thursday's daughter, Philadelphia (Shirley Temple), and young Lt. Michael O'Rourke (Ward Bond) find the bodies of some mutilated soldiers, it's discovered that Indian agent Silas Meacham (Grant Withers) has been stirring the Apaches up by selling them liquor illegally. York persuades Thursday to withhold all action until he can arrange peace talks with Cochise (Miguel Inclan), but when the Indian chief shows up for the palaver he finds that the blindly willful army commander has called out the entire regiment for an attack on the Apache force. A tragic, absorbingly complex study of the problems of command, FORT APACHE benefits enormously from Fonda's superb performance and the exhaustive research of screenwriter Frank S. Nugent into Apache culture and the army outposts of the era.

Plot Synopsis:

After a distinguished military career in the east, a rigid and domineering colonel is assigned to the remote western cavalry post of Fort Apache. Viewing this assignment as a demotion, he resists the advice of his more experienced captains and learns the hard way that if he doesn't listen, his ignorance of the territory will lead to tragedy.

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  • The Turner videocassette is part of the "RKO Collection."

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  • UPC: 053939791426
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