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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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18 May 1960 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Captain Buffalo  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.85 : 1
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WILHELM SCREAM: An Indian rides alongside a soldier and stabs him with a spear. See more »

Goofs

"Poor little girl." When the German-speaking doctor sees the corpse of the young woman, he says "arme kleine Maedchen." It should be either "armes kleines Maedchen" or "das arme kleine Maedchen." He is either using feminine endings with a neuter noun, or weak neuter endings without a strong neuter article. No educated German would make this mistake. See more »

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[Lucy jumps off her horse, ties it up on the rail, and enters the store where Mrs. Fosgate and Mrs. Hackett are]
Mrs. Cordelia Fosgate: Lucy Dabney! Riding astride! When will your father realize that you are a grown-up young lady?
Mrs. Nellie Hackett: Yes!
Lucy Dabney: [laughs] Papa says as long as I say my prayers and behave myself with the young lieutenants, he doesn't care if I ride like Lady Godiva!
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Another superb Ford film
13 October 2001 | by (la) – See all my reviews

To say this is a great film may be an understatement. I can't believe this is not a more known movie, especially with Ford as the director. Jeffery Hunter plays a lawyer defending Woody Strode for murder in 1881, a very short time after Lincoln freed the slaves. It was a time of racism, but so was 1960, when this film was released.

This is a great character study, and a marvelous script. There's some humor and great performances. This should be considered a classic and I hope it really gets its due at some point. Could you see this remade? Maybe Denzel and Ben Affleck in the lead roles?


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