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Fort Apache (1948)

At Fort Apache, an honorable and veteran war captain finds conflict when his regime is placed under the command of a young, glory hungry lieutenant colonel with no respect for the local Indian tribe.

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Deep into the territory of the great Apache chief, Cochise, the demoted Civil War general, Lieutenant Colonel Owen Thursday, reports for duty as a commanding officer at the remote U.S. cavalry outpost known as Fort Apache, along with his daughter, Philadelphia. There, the arrogant commander will soon lock horns with the realistic and sensible second-in-command, Captain Kirby York, who, as an expert in the local Apaches, disagrees with Thursday who wants to make a name for himself in the Arizona frontier. In the end, is it wise to engage in battle when personal glory is all you seek? Written by Nick Riganas

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John Ford's Masterpiece of the Frontier!


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14 June 1948 (Brazil)  »

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$2,500,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

John Agar never forgot the generous and patient help John Wayne gave him as an inexperienced young actor on this production. "I would go to hell and back for Duke," he later said. They worked on five more films together. See more »

Goofs

This item originally stated that throughout the movie a 35-star U.S. flag is carried (5 rows of 7 stars). This is incorrect. When the troops charge during the final attack, the flag clearly has 7-8-7-8-7 stars (37 stars), with the second and fourth row stars spaced closer together. The 37-star flag was official from July 4, 1867 - July 4, 1877, which would be correct for 1874. However, the official flag had an 8-7-7-7-8 arrangement, and all stars were spaced equally, so the first and fifth rows "hung over" the inside three rows. See more »

Quotes

Captain Yorke: Stand by your guns, men. Stand by your guns! Flaherty, you're in charge. I'll be back.
[Rides off alone to aid Lt. Col. Thursday]
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Goodnight Ladies
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Words by E.P. Christy
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One of the Best
26 July 2004 | by See all my reviews

This is one of my top 3-4 movies made by the Duke. It gets better each time I watch it, and I watch it nearly every time it's on. If you haven't seen a restored version, you'll be amazed at the cinematography. Absolutely gorgeous. I don't think it would have been improved in color, as one of the earlier comments said.

The final scene reminds me of "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance" as well. In "Valance", at the end of the movie, the newspaperman says upon learning who DID shoot Liberty Valance, "When the legend becomes fact, print the legend." The same thing happens in Fort Apache, when the newspaper reporters talk about a famous painting of Col. Thursday's bold charge into the face of the enemy, when it was anything but the truth.

One hell of a movie that should be viewed by anyone who likes great entertainment.


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