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Sergeant Rutledge (1960)

 -  Western | Crime  -  18 May 1960 (USA)
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Respected black cavalry Sergeant Brax Rutledge stands court-martial for raping and killing a white woman and murdering her father, his superior officer.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Lt. Tom Cantrell - counsel for the defense
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Mary Beecher
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Mrs. Cordelia Fosgate
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1st Sgt. Braxton Rutledge
Juano Hernandez ...
Sgt. Matthew Luke Skidmore
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Col. Otis Fosgate - president of the court-martial
Carleton Young ...
Capt. Shattuck - prosecutor
Judson Pratt ...
Lt. Mulqueen - court-martial board member
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Storyline

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 <cryan@direct.ca>

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THERE'S NO TURNING BACK! (original print media ad - all caps) See more »

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Western | Crime

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Release Date:

18 May 1960 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Captain Buffalo  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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(Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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...
Mary Beecher: [severely] Not alone. Sergeant Rutledge was here. And no officer could have protected a woman more gallantly!
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A great underrated film
23 September 1999 | by (Paddington, Brisbane, Australia) – See all my reviews

John Ford, ever the director of the under dog creates another masterpiece of forgotten American history.

Ford, who called himself a social democrat creates another film of nobility and personal convictions, both his and his characters. It is Fords great humanity and sense of justice which makes this film so appealing.

Some of the narrative is forced and the resolution is pat. What we do have is Fords beautiful colour camera in Monument Valley, ala "The Searchers ( 1956 )", broad humour, defined characterizations and attention to detail both individual and historical.

Jeffrey Hunter, always an underrated actor, is fine as the lead, but it is Woody Strode as the title character that is a stand out. His courtroom scene defending his beliefs and humanity is truly moving as is his scene as he rides back to save his troop. A " man mountain" he is ! Through his physical presence Ford coaxes out subtle nuances of character which give the role a ring of truth. Supporting him we have Fords usual wonderful stock players. Although not as poetic or thought out as some of Fords other films this is still miles ahead of other peoples efforts.


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