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Fort Apache (1948)

Director: John Ford     Starring: Henry Fonda
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Format: DVD
Sku: 202459922
UPC: 053939751024
UPC 14: 00053939751024
Rating: NR
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John Ford's Masterpiece of the Frontier!
Conflicts arise as the calvary commander of fort apache antagonizes the indians against the advice of a subordinate.

"...expansive scenery, explosive action and intensely flawed characters...  Crazy for Cinema
"...demonstrates that westerns weren't always one-sided and jingoistic.  David Bezanson,
"Fonda is effectively cast...telling characterizations.  Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide

Editor's 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.


Video Features DVD, Pan and Scan (TV Format), Aspect Ratio 1.33:1, English, French, Spanish, Subtitled, No Longer Produced

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Turner Home Entertainment
Video Release Date Release Date: 7/24/2012
Video Play Time Running Time: 128 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1948
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: T7510
Video UPC UPC: 00053939751024
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English
Video Color Spec Video: B&W

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Pan and Scan (TV Format)  1.33:1 [4:3]

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Henry Fonda
Video Cast Info John Wayne
Video Cast Info Pedro Armendariz
Video Cast Info Shirley Temple
Video Cast Info Archie Stout - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Frank S. Nugent - Screenplay
Video Cast Info Jack Murray - Editor
Video Cast Info James Warner Bellah - Story By
Video Cast Info John Ford - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info John Ford - Director
Video Cast Info Merian C. Cooper - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Richard Hageman - Original Music By
Video Cast Info William H. Clothier - Cinematographer
Plot 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.

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Wayne,John
Product attributeLabel:   Warner Home Video
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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