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Sergeant Rutledge (1960)

Approved  |   |  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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Complete credited cast:
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Lt. Tom Cantrell
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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
Carleton Young ...
Capt. Shattuck
Judson Pratt ...
Lt. Mulqueen
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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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It's the rendezvous with DEATH for men to whom DEATH was no stranger! 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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Jeffrey Hunter's character refers early on in the film to the Jorgensen Ranch. Director John Ford's classic western The Searchers (1956), also starring Hunter, ended with Hunter's character arriving at the Jorgensen Ranch. 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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[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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Perhaps the Best John Ford Western
24 February 2008 | by (Portugal) – See all my reviews

Up to now I have considered "The Searchers" the Best of Ford Westerns. It has better picture (VistaVision), and the legend of John Wayne to back it. Some of the secondary roles are better portrayed by more expert actors such as Ward Bond, just to mention one. Production is more lavish..

But the plot in "The Searchers" is unidirectional. It's just a story of white settlers against Indians.

Sergeant Rutledge goes much deeper, into the social "fabric" of America,

To avoid fastidious repetition, let me just point that the story goes into "American Problems" that endure 100 years after. Racism, young female behavior, that affects men of power, and old rich females who own perhaps more than 50% of the total assets (the wealth of the Nation) of the USA, and last but not least, the excessive power and "tricks" of legal professionals that always leads to corruption.

It is all there. If the actors were a bit upper-crust it would be the best, but Jack Warner did no provide the cash.

A must see...


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