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Broken Arrow (1950)

Approved  |   |  Drama, Romance, Western  |  August 1950 (USA)
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Tom Jeffords tries to make peace between settlers and Apaches.

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By 1870, there has been 10 years of cruel war between settlers and Cochise's Apaches. Ex-soldier Tom Jeffords saves the life of an Apache boy and starts to wonder if Indians are human, after all; soon, he determines to use this chance to make himself an ambassador. Against all odds, his solitary mission into Cochise's stronghold opens a dialogue. Opportunely, the president sends General Howard with orders to conclude peace. But even with Jeffords's luck, the deep grievance and hatred on both sides make tragic failure all too likely. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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La flèche brisée  »

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Screenwriter Albert Maltz did not receive a credit when the film was released because he was blacklisted. Instead, the script was credited to Michael Blankfort. See more »

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When General Oliver is beginning to pick himself off the ground after the Apache attack on the military wagon train, the first shot shows the ground to be mostly desert sand, with very little vegetation. But when the scene jumps to a long shot of the General getting up the ground around him is almost entirely covered with green vegetation, showing scarcely any sand at all. See more »

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Tom Jeffords: This is the story of a land, of the people who lived on it in the year 1870, and of a man whose name was Cochise. He was an Indian - leader of the Chiricahua Apache tribe. I was involved in the story and what I have to tell happened exactly as you'll see it - the only change will be that when the Apaches speak, they will speak in our language. What took place is part of the history of Arizona and it began for me here where you see me riding.
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" There is a land called peace, it begins when people want it more than war "
8 May 2014 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

The novel ' Blood Brother ' is the basic for the film " Broken Arrow." Losesly based on the real life efforts of Tom Jeffords who tried to negotiate peace between White Settlers and Cochise (Jeff Chandler) the Apache. It begins when our hero Tom Jeffords (James Stewart) saves a young apache boy wounded and dying of thirst. Later he encounters a multitude of other Apaches who do not spare other white men. There after, Jeffords is determined to bring the two sides together to sign a peace treaty. It's not easy as there are many hot-heads and hate mongering on both sides. In addition, While at the Apache camp, Jeffords falls in love with a native girl called Sonseeahray (Debra Paget) and must convince Gen. Oliver Howard (Basil Ruysdael) and Indian hater Ben Slade (Will Geer) to honor the peace. From it's beginning, Audiences await a bloody outcome of the Indian war, but keep in mind this movie is Hollywood's attempt to turn a new leaf in the cycle of violence on the big screen. I think they did a good job and thus this film becomes a Classic for Steward and Chandler. ****


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