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Release Date:
4 December 1953 (USA) See more »
M.G.M.s Great Romance Excitingly photographed in Ansco Color.
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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  (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:
1.75 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
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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This was planned to be filmed in 3D, but was eventually filmed in 2D, the first feature to employ spherical Panavision lenses.See more »
Anachronisms: The time of the movie was 1863 according to the introduction but the revolver and the carbine used ( Colt Peacemaker in .45 colt and Trapdoor Springfield in .45-70) were not invented until 1873.See more »
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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Referenced in Major Dundee (1965)See more »
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11 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
MGM Over-Produces a Western, 6 August 2007
Author: dougdoepke from Claremont, USA

No need to repeat an oft-repeated story-line. The movie has two things going for it-- William Holden in an earnest performance, and some spectacular A-level scenery, some of which appears shot in the uncredited Sedona, Arizona area. Otherwise, the film is simply too flawed to rank among the better Westerns.

Apparently the studio had to really sweeten the pot to get the Oscar-nominated (twice) Eleanor Parker to lower herself into a macho Western. As a result, a number of crippling compromises occur. Her part is over-inflated for more screen time, even though these showcase scenes seriously sap the action. Altogether such concessions undercut the degree of tightness and pacing that would hold interest throughout. Instead, we get some badly constructed studio sets meant to accommodate her many outdoor love scenes. These do have a point in the plot, nonetheless they're seriously overdrawn. Then too-- as another reviewer perceptively notes-- her flashy costumes, spangled hair, and immaculate make-up resemble nothing so much as a countess entering the royal court, and this in the middle of deadly Apache territory to which she has traveled in a tiny stage compartment. This is what happens when a studio places star-power above believability.

I could go on about the damage done by hiring a diva to fatten up marquee appeal-- consider, for example, the casual shopping trip across Apache country that has all the care-freeness of a trip to an 1860's frontier mall-- but you get the idea. Had glamor-obsessed MGM wanted to make a real Western, Parker's part would have gone to the modest-looking and acting Polly Bergen, whose part, as it is, is about the size of a postage stamp.

There are other poorly thought-out flaws-- such as Confederate prisoners who one and all speak as if they were born in Chicago, or the ridiculous prisoners' pen that's supposed to discourage the massed Johnny-rebs from charging a single armed guard. My guess is that the studio didn't put up a more plausible barbed-wire fence because that would have reflected badly on the Union captors. Be that as it may, I'm ready to put up with some concessions to Hollywood commercialism in a good horse opera. But this one simply has too many compromises without enough compensation. (The well-staged arrow barrage is both novel and fascinating, but is about the only dramatic highlight.) Had the less image-conscious Columbia studio done the movie with, say, Budd Boetticher and the Ranown company, we could have gotten something special. However, the way this film stands, maybe a good story lurks inside all that glitz and fat , but it still awaits proper treatment.

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