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Sergeant Rutledge (1960)

Approved | | Western, Crime | 28 May 1960 (USA)
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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Lt. Tom Cantrell
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Mary Beecher
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Mrs. Cordelia Fosgate
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Juano Hernandez ...
Sgt. Matthew Luke Skidmore
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Col. Otis Fosgate
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Capt. Shattuck
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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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The horse Jeffrey Hunter rides is an American Quarter Horse with a white blaze. See more »

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The character of 1st Sgt. Rutledge says the Apache are Mescalero. This story is set in Arizona and the Mescalero are and have always been a New Mexico people. See more »

Quotes

1st Sgt. Braxton Rutledge: Anyone come, you ain't gonna be in here with me.
Mary Beecher: What are you talking about?
1st Sgt. Braxton Rutledge: I'm talking about you. A white woman. White women only spell trouble for any of us.
Mary Beecher: That's nonsense. We're just two people trying to stay alive.
1st Sgt. Braxton Rutledge: Lady, you don't know how hard I'm trying to stay alive.
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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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