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3 Godfathers (1948)

Passed  |   |  Drama, Western  |  1 December 1948 (USA)
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When 3 outlaws on the run find a dying woman and her newborn baby in the desert they vow to save the child.

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Pedro 'Pete' Roca Fuerte (as Pedro Armendariz)
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Fred Libby ...
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Storyline

Three outlaws on the run discover a dying woman and her baby. They swear to bring the infant to safety across the desert, even at the risk of their own lives. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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desert | outlaw | posse | newborn | birth | See All (86) »

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John Ford's Legend of the Southwest!

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Drama | Western

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

1 December 1948 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Three Godfathers  »

Box Office

Budget:

$1,243,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Recording)

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(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This is a remake of the silent film The Three Godfathers (1916), which starred Ford's long-time friend Harry Carey. When Carey died in 1947, Ford decided to remake the story in Technicolor and dedicate the film to his memory. Carey's son, Harry Carey Jr., plays one of the three, "The Abilene Kid". See more »

Goofs

When the three Godfathers leave the covered wagon with little Robert William Pedro, the canvas is coming loose in the wind. Later when Purly Sweet and his posse arrive at the covered wagon, the canvas is tied down firmly. See more »

Quotes

[repeated line]
Robert Marmaduke Sangster Hightower: ...little Robert...
William Kearney: Robert William.
Pedro "Pete' Roca Fuerte: Robert William Pedro.
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Version of Hell's Heroes (1929) See more »

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Composed by Franz Gruber and Joseph Mohr
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15 June 2002 | by See all my reviews

I'm surprised this one doesn't get more accolades. To me it's really one of the best westerns ever made. This is one of those films that proves that the western genre can produce true art. The filming, the performances -- this is one of Wayne's best … it's quite overlooked that this guy could act: The desperation, the confusion, the exhaustion, it's all just amazing.

It's more of a character study than anything else, with the characters facing desperate thirst, an aching empty land, relentless sun, and the movie shows how these men deal with it, all the while they are attempting to care for a child. Something they are ill equipped to do.

There are clear religious elements to the movie, and they make this all the more compelling -- these are not good men, but they have a sense of honor and faith, in their own way. They can't break their word to a dying woman, to care for her child. Their faith in each other is touching.

It's gritty, yet very tender, a strange juxtaposition, like the beauty and cruelty of the desert.

See the movie if you can.


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