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- 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.