Sergeant Rutledge

V'14

Sergeant Rutledge

John Ford
USA, 1960
111min, Omd/fU

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Sergeant Rutledge

John Ford
USA, 1960
, 111min, Omd/fU

Cast: 
Woody Strode
Jeffrey Hunter
Constance Towers
Billie Burke
Juano Hernandez
Willis Bouchey
Screenplay: 
James Warner Bellah
Willis Goldbeck
Sound: 
M.A. Merrick
Camera: 
Bert Glennon
Editor: 
Jack Murray
Composer: 
Howard Jackson
Decoration: 
Eddie Imazu
Costume: 
Marjorie Best

Production: 
Warner Bros.
Format: 
35 mm
Color

The first Western with an Afro-American as protagonist pursues in the shape of a court drama the case of Sergeant Rutledge, head of an Afro-American cavalry regiment, who is accused of raping and killing a white woman. Even with small gestures Ford exposes the deep-rooted racism of the white settlers and reveals it as a fatal mixture of fright and disdain.