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response to wildkat
- kevin sellers
As one of the "few people" accused by previous reviewer wildkat of ruining classics like "Wizard Of Oz" with political commentary let me hasten to assure wildkat that I would never attempt to spoil that timeless transvestite allegory.
i do not know if you will be fonda of this movie.
part of the presentation is like the man who shot liberty valance.. print the story vibe. this is not a historical fact movie. if you remember it was made in the 1940s..you might be ok with it. if not.. you might not care for it.
Wow......guess I'll stop visiting the TCM reviews page to see what other classic movie fans think of a given film. There are a few people who consistently find a way to give us their politics unsolicited!! They could find a way to ruin The Wizard Of Oz........I guess there's not much left to share anymore.
one more thing
- kevin sellers
Forgot to mention...today is Little Big Horn Day! Shout out to Crazy Horse, Sitting Bull and the boys!
response to will's review
- kevin sellers
I agree with Will that if you want the facts about Custer's Last Stand this film is not the place to go. But then again if you're going to the movies for your American history then you're one misguided individual. As far as his assertion that this is a great action film with a large amount of BS I would just point out that that describes almost every Ford film ever made. I guess I'm more willing than Will to put up with the BS to experience the greatness.
Overblown and Nauseating
- David H.
I have to agree with Will that the real Custer couldn't have been as nauseating as Henry Fonda's character is in this film and that Son of The Morning Star and They Died With Their Boots On are much better movies than this one. For me, the film's only redeeming feature is seeing how child star Shirley Temple grew into attractive woman. One thing I could never figure out about this picture was the abundance of women at an outpost in hostile territory out in the middle of nowhere. John Ford made a number of great films during his career, but this is nothing more than overblown hokum with a despicable central character.
Of coarse its a matter of opinion, regarding all the comments about the Owen Thursday /Custer similarities. Resent up to date history books and legal documents clearly outline the fact that Custer was betrayed by senior officers and politicians in order get rid of him. He was at the time, too out spoken about corruption and graft within the President Grant Administration. Col.Thursday brilliantly played by Henry Fonda, is an out dated Hollywood character that that the American public has been B.S. Ed. into believing since right after, The Little Big Horn battle. This is not to say Custer was a saint, far from it, but this film, like Little Big Man so distortes the truth. Watch Son Of The Morning Star if you want the facts or They Died With There Boots On, decades ahead of its time. Fort Apache is a great Hollywood action movie. the part about Meechum the gun, whiskey runner was dead on. The scum of the earth, that in reality were the cause of so much grief and tragedy, And guess who financed people like him ? The Indian Ring ,politicians in Washington. Some things never change do they.
ft apache grade
- kevin sellers
Oops. Forgot to give it a grade. A minus.
- kevin sellers
The best of Ford's "Cavalry Trilogy," in my opinion, because it features the sharpest, most dramatic conflict between the lead characters; that between Fonda's racist, martinet general and Wayne's more humanistic one. Whenever these two great Ford stars are on screen together there is sharp dramatic tension. Lots of great scenes, my two favorite being the officers dance, (whenever there is music in a Ford film one should pay attention) featuring Fonda at his stiffest, and the director's take on Custer's Last Stand, at the end. There's a bit too much lame Victor McLaglen comedy and you've got the typical awful ingenues of the late 40s to deal with, this time played by Shirley Temple and John Agar (whom legend has it Ford picked on mercilessly) but if you've got a tv with a recording device you can merrily skip through those patches of dullness without harming the flow of the story.
Hated Fonda,Loved Wayne
- John Wayne
Found Fonda's character detestable.Great movie
Ford's Greatest Western of the 1940s.
- Frank Harris Horn
Four-time Academy Award-winning director, John Ford goes on location with John Wayne, Henry Fonda and Shirley Temple in Moab, Mexican Hat, Monument Valley, Utah, and in Simi Valley, California to film the ultimate Western epic of his career. Fonda is a Civil War officer assigned to command a military outpost, and are about to engage an Indian tribe in battle to despite the objections of his second-in-command (Wayne). This was the first of Ford's cavalry triolgy. With Pedro Armendariz, Ward Bond, George O'Brien, John Agar, Anna Lee, Victor McLaglen, Dick Foran, Guy Kibbee, Mary Gordon, Hank Worden, Irene Rich, Mae Marsh & Frank Ferguson.
Fort Apache (1948)
- Jay Higgins
I wish I knew what everyone saw in John Ford westerns that I am missing. The film is good, but I see no level of greatness in Fort Apache. The cast is very good and the offbeat casting of Henry Fonda works. The Four Corners area is utilized once again by Ford and that is always a plus.
John Ford's statement -- with this twist -- on "Custer's Last Stand." Using a theme he revisits in the calvalry trilogy, Ford attempts to give Native Americans perspective through the eyes of their adversaries. In this case, John Wayne is the captain who respects and admires the Apache, however, Henry Fonda, as the green colonel, never really sees the Indian as a threat. It makes for a great action Western, one of the best. It's one of those movies you just have to watch, over and over.
A great view
This movie is moving and entertaining from the opening credits. Great cast, great acting - especially Fonda and Wayne - humour, music, wonderful camera work, pagentry, action - it has it all. I only wish it was shown shown in wide screen format.
JOHN WAYNE AND HENRY FONDA ARE AT THEIR BEST IN THIS FILM.IT IS MORE THAN A GOOD WESTERN. IT GIVES US A PICTURE OF TRUE COURAGE,AND WHAT HONOR REALLY MEANS.I ALWAYS LOVE WATCHING IT.
"This is no place for glory."
- Ann Brown
Henry Fonda gives a tour de force performance as a Custer-like commanding officer looking for glory in the wrong place. Underestimating the ability, as well as the grievances of the Apache Indians, he goes against all advice and provokes a battle with superior enemy forces. The cast is brilliant, and Ford gives the audience an intimate view of army life right after the Civil War. Don't miss Shirley Temple (she dances with John Wayne!) who provides the story's love interest opposite her first husand John Agar. The Irish theme woven throughout the film is charming, and the cinematography makes the fort look like a work of art. This is much more than a western.
Fort Apache is in the White Mountains of AZ - not in Cochise County, AZ where the film is historically taking place. The fort is really Fort Bowie - not Fort Apache. It is filmed in Monument Valley - not in Cochise County, AZ where the Cochise battles took place. Monument Valley doesn't look anything like Cochise County, AZ. The film is great and John Ford should be commended, but these historical inaccuracies do get in the way somewhat. If I'm wrong in some of my facts, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks.