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Sergeant Rutledge (1960)

Approved | | Crime, Western | 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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Lt. Mulqueen
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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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Captain Buffalo  »

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Opening credits: The story, all names, characters and incidents portrayed in this production are fictitious. No identification with actual persons, living or dead, is intended or should be inferred. See more »

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The US Cavalry officer saber shown throughout the movie appears to be the straight blade, double edge M1913 Patton style saber which wasn'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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[On horseback, Lieutenant Cantrell and some of his officers are escorting Mary Beecher to her home. Rutledge, handcuffed and still wounded from gunfire in his side, rides in the front alongside Cantrell]
Lt. Tom Cantrell: How's the side holding up, Sergeant?
1st Sgt. Braxton Rutledge: [sardonically] You know what they say about us, sir. We heal fast.
Lt. Tom Cantrell: You give me your word you won't try to make an escape, I'll take those irons off you.
1st Sgt. Braxton Rutledge: [Rutledge refuses to look at Cantrell] I can't do that, sir. 'Cause I ain't going back to stand trial.
Lt. Tom Cantrell: Well,...
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Referenced in John Ford et Monument Valley (2013) See more »

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Captain Buffalo
Words and Music by Mack David and Jerry Livingston
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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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