Lieutenant Tom Cantrell is sent to defend Sergeant Braxton Rutledge, a black cavalry soldier, on a charge of rape and murder. The story begins in a courtroom and it is told through flashbacks. This is a story of how a black soldier in the face of danger from the Indians can be so easily mistaken as a criminal. Written by
Christopher D. Ryan <email@example.com>
THERE'S NO TURNING BACK! (original print media ad - all caps)
See more »
Did You Know?
Unsatisfied with Woody Strode
's rehearsal of bullet-wounded drowsiness, director John Ford
took his own steps to make Strode appear authentically weary for Rutledge's gunshot early on in the film. The day before the scene was to be shot, Ford got Strode drunk early in the day and had an assistant follow him around for the rest of the day to make sure he stayed that way. When the time came for Strode to shoot the scene with Constance Towers
, his hangover gave him the perfect (for Ford) appearance of a man who had been shot. See more
Early in the movie during Tom and Mary's conversation on the train, when the camera is on Tom, steam/smoke is visible passing by the window beside them, but not when the camera is on Mary. See more
Lt. Tom Cantrell
Mary, when I got word at Fort Linton that the Apaches were in this district and that I'd left you alone, I was really...
Not alone. Sergeant Rutledge was here. And no officer could have protected a woman more gallantly!
Words and Music by Mack David
and Jerry Livingston See more