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Escape from Fort Bravo(1953)

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  • escape from ft. bravo

    • kevin sellers
    • 3/20/16

    Although I cannot go along with the previous reviewer, who wrote that this film is as good as "The Searchers," (as a cavalry western I'd rate it slightly better than "Rio Grande" and quite a ways below "She Wore A Yellow Ribbon") it is, like most John Sturges films, most entertaining, with wonderful action sequences. The final half hour, showing William Holden's motley crew besieged by cruel, wily Mescalero Apaches, (alas, this film is typically 50s racist) is, by itself, worth the price of admission. Also upping the fun quotient is a fine cast, headed of course by Holden, who is excellent, as usual when playing a hard bitten, cynical type with a well hidden softer side. John Forsythe is also quite credible as a Confederate officer and gentleman, as is John Lupton, playing a coward who redeems himself, and William Demarest and William Campbell steal every scene they're in with their constant put downs of each other, which is the highlight of Frank Fenton's good, if occasionally overly talky, screenplay. The only exception to the overall acting excellence is Eleanor Parker, who is absolutely gorgeous but alternately bland and mannered in her delivery of dialogue. Her love scenes with Holden are excuses to go to the refrigerator for a snack and her absurd Ralph Lauren meets Sundance riding get up in the final sequence is a real believability subverter. However, I am happy to report that this film ultimately survives its leading lady. Therefore, let's give it a solid B.

  • Escape to Freedom(from yourself!!!)

    • Marianne McDermott
    • 9/27/15

    This film is fabulous! William Holden, Eleanor Parker, John Forsythe(especially), William Campbell and William Demarest struggle to be really "free" from the "prison" within themselves!!!Even though this is a western(it reminds me of THE SEARCHERS) - John Ford's masterpiece of life, death and redemption!When I saw this film, today on the Encore channel, I was blown away by the story, direction and the actors!The last hour of this film was total nail - biting tension. Not to give away the ending! It truly takes courage to live by your principles and then also to change, for the better!!!Also, I never knew that John Sturges was the director - thought it might HAVE been John Ford or Howard Hawks!!!

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    • PM Gibson
    • 5/26/14

    This movie is vastly under-rated for the acting, story line and overall theme. William Holden is excellent in this movie, as are Eleanor Parker and the other lead acters. It's a simply, straight forward story, and that is how it is acted. there are a few flaws, but Lord bless the one who has none.

  • Underrated

    • Neal
    • 6/2/10

    For sure one of the best western movies I have ever seen. Holden is outstanding. It does not get the recognition it deserves. I would love to have it on DVD but until then, I hope they play it more often on tv.

  • Great western!

    • Pam
    • 3/10/08

    I love William Holden and he certainly does not disappoint me in this movie - There isn't another actor that is as believable as he is- I love this movie- have seen it many times in both black and white and color and even though I am a fan of black and white movies the color version makes the scenery and Eleanor's customes just beautiful. I would love for this to be availabe on DVD.

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