Fort Apache

V'14

Fort Apache

John Ford
USA, 1948
127min, OF

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Fort Apache

John Ford
USA, 1948
, 127min, OF

Cast: 
John Wayne
Henry Fonda
Shirley Temple
Pedro Armendáriz
Ward Bond
George O'Brien
Cast: 
Original short story
«Massacre» by James Warner Bellah
Screenplay: 
Frank S. Nugent
Sound: 
Joseph I. Kane
Frank Webster
Camera: 
Archie Stout
Editor: 
Jack Murray
Composer: 
Richard Hageman
Decoration: 
James Basevi
Costume: 
Donald R. Hatswell

Production: 
Argosy Pictures
Format: 
35 mm
Black/White

Right after the American civil war ended the outside post Fort Apache unexpectedly gets the ex-general Thursday (Fonda) as new commander, a man of complete disdain for all indians. Inspired by the historical defeat Custer’s at the Little Bighorn it leads Thursday with his stiff positions into a fatal false strategy. Ford shows the Apaches here, beyond the stereotypes, as courageous people with the right of opposition. With FORT APACHE the trilogy over the US cavalry in America was started: in 1949 SHE WORE A YELLOW RIBBON and in 1950 RIO GRANDE followed.