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4 December 1953 (USA) See more »
M.G.M.s Great Romance Excitingly photographed in Ansco Color.
During the Civil War, a group of Confederates escapes from the Union POW camp at Fort Bravo but has to contend with the desert, the Mescalero Indians and the pursuing Union troops. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Exceptional John Sturges western with another sterling William Holden performance See more (37 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

William Holden ... Capt. Roper

Eleanor Parker ... Carla Forester

John Forsythe ... Capt. John Marsh

William Demarest ... Campbell

William Campbell ... Cabot Young

Polly Bergen ... Alice Owens

Richard Anderson ... Lt. Beecher
Carl Benton Reid ... Col. Owens

John Lupton ... Bailey
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Richard P. Beedle ... Confederate Lieutenant (uncredited)

Chet Brandenburg ... Confederate Prisoner (uncredited)

Roy Bucko ... Barfly (uncredited)

Harry Cheshire ... Chaplain (uncredited)
Michael Dugan ... Sims (uncredited)

Fred Graham ... Jones (uncredited)

Chick Hannan ... Mescalero Indian (uncredited)
Eloise Hardt ... Girl (uncredited)

Jack Kenny ... Barfly (uncredited)

Paul Kruger ... Confederate Prisoner (uncredited)
Forrest Lewis ... Dr. Miller (uncredited)

Frank Matts ... Kiowa Indian Scout (uncredited)

Howard McNear ... Watson (uncredited)

Jack Montgomery ... Confederate Prisoner (uncredited)
Alex Montoya ... Sgt. Chavez (uncredited)
William Newell ... Symore (uncredited)
Phil Rich ... Barman (uncredited)
Phil Schumacher ... Union Soldier (uncredited)
Milan Smith ... Mescalero Indian (uncredited)

Charles Stevens ... Eilota (uncredited)

Glenn Strange ... Sgt. Compton (uncredited)
Valerie Vernon ... Girl in Bar (uncredited)

Directed by
John Sturges 
Writing credits
Frank Fenton (screenplay)

Phillip Rock (story) and
Michael Pate (story)

Produced by
Nicholas Nayfack .... producer
Original Music by
Jeff Alexander 
Cinematography by
Robert Surtees (director of photography)
Film Editing by
George Boemler 
Art Direction by
Malcolm Brown 
Cedric Gibbons 
Set Decoration by
Ralph S. Hurst  (as Ralph Hurst)
Edwin B. Willis 
Costume Design by
Helen Rose (costumes: women)
Makeup Department
Sydney Guilaroff .... hair stylist
William Tuttle .... makeup designer
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Arvid Griffen .... assistant director
Carl 'Major' Roup .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Frank Wesselhoff .... painter (uncredited)
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording supervisor
Kendrick Kinney .... sound (uncredited)
Finn Ulback .... sound (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Warren Newcombe .... special effects
Michael Dugan .... stunts (uncredited)
Fred Graham .... stunts (uncredited)
Frank Matts .... stunts (uncredited)
Carl Pitti .... stunts (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Alvord Eiseman .... color consultant
Music Department
Jeff Alexander .... conductor (uncredited)
Will Beitel .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Michael J. McDonald .... score remixer (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Also Known As:
"Fort Bravo" - USA (closing credits title)
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99 min
Color (Anscocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Finland:K-16 | Netherlands:14 (original rating) (1954) | Singapore:PG | Spain:18 | Sweden:11 | UK:U (original rating) | UK:PG (video) | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (certificate #16569) | West Germany:12 (nf)

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This was planned to be filmed in 3D, but was eventually filmed in 2D, the first feature to employ spherical Panavision lenses.See more »
Factual errors: Director John Sturges dressed several P.O.W, officers in their dress uniforms. Stalag Luft 3 was a P.O.W. camp for officers who were shot down while flying missions against the Axis powers. No one would have been wearing their dress uniforms (James Garner) while flying a mission.See more »
Capt. Roper:When you're in the grave, Beecher, it doesn't matter too much how you got there.
Lt. Beecher:Well, I think it matters. I think it does.
Capt. Roper:Write the War Department.
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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Exceptional John Sturges western with another sterling William Holden performance, 5 April 2014
Author: moonspinner55 from las vegas, nv

During the Civil War, Union captain at an Arizona fort chases down a group of deserters on their way to Texas (including the woman the captain loves, who aided in the band's escape), but all involved become trapped in a desert trench by bloodthirsty Indians. Director John Sturges' 18th film looks pretty fantastic when it ventures outdoors, due to Robert Surtees' robust cinematography. However, the M-G-M production suffers visually when mixing location shots with exterior scenes filmed in-doors (this despite foliage and a waterfall to compliment a fight sequence). Sturges keeps a fast pace, though the picture isn't tightly-wound; the narrative is episodic and drifts, with only William Holden's deeply-felt work in the lead to hold most of it together. Holden's captain, who rarely smiles and seldom has emotions, evolves into a strong, loyal character--he's the heart of this piece. I'm not sure how well-matched the actor is with Eleanor Parker (who does her usual blank-eyed, open-mouthed silent suffering), however his declaration of love for her is convincing, thanks to Holden's sincerity. The bravura third act heats up with tense excitement as the Indians close in. This is where Sturges really comes to the fore and shows what he can do with familiar material. **1/2 from ****

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