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Fort Apache (1948)

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Budget $2,500,000

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Running Time
2 hours, 5 minutes

Country USA

Studio Argosy Pictures

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Other Titles
• War Party
• Bis zum letzten Mann (1953)
• Kampf um das Apachenfort (1956)

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Genre: Western, Military, Love

Plot: 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

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 Directed by
John Ford
The Searchers, The Grapes of Wrath, The Quiet Man
 Written by
James Warner Bellah
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, Rio Grande
Frank S. Nugent
The Searchers, The Quiet Man, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon
John Wayne
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Henry Fonda
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Shirley Temple
The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer, Since You Went Away, The Little Princess
Ward Bond
It's a Wonderful Life, The Maltese Falcon, The Searchers
George O'Brien
Sunrise, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, Cheyenne Autumn
Victor McLaglen
The Quiet Man, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, Gunga Din
Anna Lee
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 Music By
Richard Hageman
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