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>
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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
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
1st Sgt. Braxton Rutledge
I ain't gonna let none of this trouble run off on you. You're ninth Cavalry men, and like I've said again and again the ninth's record is going to speak for us all one day, and its gonna speak clean.
Words and Music by Mack David
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