Fort Apache

Directed By: John Ford Starring: Henry Fonda

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A John Ford/John Wayne Classic

on 10/9/2006

Director John Ford, and his long-time star, John Wayne create a classic that eventually spun two additional calvary films the following two years, which are referred to The Calvary Trilogy. With the backdrop of Monument Valley, the film play tells the story of a strict calvary commander, Henry Fonda taking over Fort Apache with his "by the book mentality." This conflicts with Southwest and Apache fighting savvy of John Wayne and the rest of the officers at Fort Apache. Whatever their differences, John Wayne grows to respect his new superior, despite Henry's reckless relationship with the Apache tribe that leads to the film's final and exciting conflict. This classic has all the elements of a great John Ford creation...historic figures, personal conflicts, great characterizations, superior scenery and memorable performances by many of his reoccurring cast members. Fort Apache is truly a must have for anyone's movie collection Read More

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Product Overview

Conflicts arise as the calvary commander of fort apache antagonizes the indians against the advice of a subordinate.


Studio Turner Home Entertainment
SKU 202459922
UPC 053939751024
UPC 14 00053939751024
Format DVD
Release Date 7/24/2012
Rating NR
Family Interaction
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note The first film of John Ford's celebrated Cavalry Trilogy, FORT APACHE mirrors the effects of the director's wartime experience on his attitude toward military command. Lt. Col. Owen Thursday (Henry Fonda), a West Point-trained Civil War veteran, is sent to command the remote Arizona outpost of Fort Apache. An arrogant, by-the-book officer, he's annoyed at having drawn such an ignominious assignment. Despite the warnings of veteran Indian-fighter Capt. Kirby York (John Wayne), he dismisses the notion that a group of savages could possibly be of concern to one possessing his military prowess. After Thursday's daughter, Philadelphia (Shirley Temple), and young Lt. Michael O'Rourke (Ward Bond) find the bodies of some mutilated soldiers, it's discovered that Indian agent Silas Meacham (Grant Withers) has been stirring the Apaches up by selling them liquor illegally. York persuades Thursday to withhold all action until he can arrange peace talks with Cochise (Miguel Inclan), but when the Indian chief shows up for the palaver he finds that the blindly willful army commander has called out the entire regiment for an attack on the Apache force. A tragic, absorbingly complex study of the problems of command, FORT APACHE benefits enormously from Fonda's superb performance and the exhaustive research of screenwriter Frank S. Nugent into Apache culture and the army outposts of the era.
Plot Summary
Summary After a distinguished military career in the east, a rigid and domineering colonel is assigned to the remote western cavalry post of Fort Apache. Viewing this assignment as a demotion, he resists the advice of his more experienced captains and learns the hard way that if he doesn't listen, his ignorance of the territory will lead to tragedy.
John Ford
Henry Fonda
Cast & Crew
Archie Stout - Cinematographer
Frank S. Nugent - Screenplay
Henry Fonda - Actor
Jack Murray - Editor
James Warner Bellah - Story By
John Ford - Executive Producer
John Wayne - Actor
John Ford - Director
Merian C. Cooper - Executive Producer
Pedro Armendariz - Actor
Richard Hageman - Original Music By
Shirley Temple - Actor
William H. Clothier - Cinematographer
Technical Info
Catalog ID T7510
UPC 00053939751024
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 128 minutes
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Pan and Scan (TV Format)  1.33:1 [4:3]
DVD, Pan and Scan (TV Format), Aspect Ratio 1.33:1, English, French, Spanish, Subtitled, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Actor Wayne,John
Label Warner Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Crazy for Cinema ...expansive scenery, explosive action and intensely flawed characters...
David Bezanson, ...demonstrates that westerns weren't always one-sided and jingoistic.
Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide Fonda is effectively cast...telling characterizations.

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