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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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Western | Crime

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18 May 1960 (USA)  »

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Captain Buffalo  »

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The US Cavalry officer saber shown throughout the movie appear to be the straight blade, double edge M1913 Patton style saber which weren't adapted by the military until 1913. Since the movie appears to be set before 1900 the cavalry would still be using the swept back single edge Model 1860 Light Cavalry saber. See more »

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[Rutledge enters the court room under guard and presents himself to the President of the Court-Martial]
1st Sgt. Braxton Rutledge: First Sergeant Braxton Rutledge, C Troop, Ninth United States Cavalry.
[the spectators erupt into bedlam. Sitting in the front seats, the officers' wives, especially Mrs. Fosgate, have been chattering constantly, and a crowd of men at the back begin shouting that Rutledge should be hanged, and so forth. Fosgate bangs his gavel repeatedly]
Lt. Tom Cantrell: Mr. President!
Col. Otis Fosgate - president of the court-martial: Order!
Lt. Tom Cantrell: Mr. President! I request this ...
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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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