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Director:
Writers:
Frank Fenton (screenplay)
Phillip Rock (story) ...
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Release Date:
4 December 1953 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
M.G.M.s Great Romance Excitingly photographed in Ansco Color.
Plot:
A ruthless Union captain is renowned throughout his prison fort as the toughest soldier in the business... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Surprisingly original and therefor also likable movie. See more (32 total) »

Cast

  (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)
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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
 
Stunts
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)
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Fort Bravo" - USA (closing credits title)
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Runtime:
99 min
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Language:
Color:
Color (Anscocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.75 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Finland:K-16 | Netherlands:14 (original rating) (1954) | Spain:18 | Sweden:11 | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (certificate #16569) | West Germany:12 (nf)

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Trivia:
William Holden did not shave his chest for his shirtless scene in this movie (as he did for most of his other "beefcake" scenes of the 1950s), thus giving audiences one of their best looks at his normally lush growth of chest hair.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: The music at the wedding reception is "My Darling Clementine," which wasn't written until 1884.See more »
Quotes:
Capt. Roper:Did you fire that shot?
Cabot Young:Yep!
Capt. Roper:In any other place than this, I'd thank you.
Cabot Young:In any other place, you wouldn't get the chance!
Capt. Roper:Keep the gun!
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Major Dundee (1965)See more »
Soundtrack:
Bendemeer's StreamSee more »

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10 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Surprisingly original and therefor also likable movie., 16 August 2007
Author: Boba_Fett1138 from Groningen, The Netherlands

It's an interesting western/prison movie cross-over, although above all the movie remains a western of course with some of its formulaic ingredients, in this movie it's mostly the use of Indians. The story makes the movie more original than most of the other western's from the '50's. It's originality also help to make this movie a better than average one.

Of course the story still feels the need to put in a love-story into the movie but that's basically the curse of every movie that's over 50 years old. Nevertheless the love-story itself is also quite different and original, so it isn't as distracting as in most other genre movies from the same period often was the case.

Director John Sturges has made many entertaining and adventurous movies in his career and I consider this as one of them, though it obviously is not his best work. It's just a good and enjoyable movie, with some real great moments, for in between.

At times its painfully obvious that the movie was for some part shot in studios with fake looking backgrounds in it. It makes the movie look outdated but that also by now has become part of the charm of these sort of movies. The cinematography is from Robert Surtees, who perhaps was the greatest cinematographer of his time. This movie isn't his best done however but it's a worthy one.

William Holden is good in his role, though it's hard to always like him because of the stubbornness and seemingly lack of emotion of the character. The supporting cast also pull of well, especially John Forsythe.

The musical score by Jeff Alexander is surprisingly great and I mean really great. It's not the usual some old, same old '50's western drivel. It's a score worth searching out, though I don't think it's available anywhere.

An enjoyable movie to watch, that's worth watching if you get the chance.

7/10

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