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Broken Arrow (1950)

Tom Jeffords tries to make peace between settlers and Apaches in Arizona territory.

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Delmer Daves

Writers:

Elliott Arnold (novel), Albert Maltz (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
James Stewart ... Tom Jeffords
Jeff Chandler ... Cochise
Debra Paget ... Sonseeahray
Basil Ruysdael ... Gen. Oliver Howard
Will Geer ... Ben Slade
Joyce Mackenzie ... Terry (as Joyce MacKenzie)
Arthur Hunnicutt ... Milt Duffield
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Storyline

By 1870, there has been 10 years of cruel war between settlers and Cochise's Apaches. Ex-soldier Tom Jeffords saves the life of an Apache boy and starts to wonder if Indians are human, after all; soon, he determines to use this chance to make himself an ambassador. Against all odds, his solitary mission into Cochise's stronghold opens a dialogue. Opportunely, the president sends General Howard with orders to conclude peace. But even with Jeffords's luck, the deep grievance and hatred on both sides make tragic failure all too likely. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Drama | Romance | Western

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Country:

USA

Release Date:

August 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Arrow See more »

Filming Locations:

Sonoran Desert, Arizona, USA See more »

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Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"Screen Director's Playhouse" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on September 7, 1951 with James Stewart and Jeff Chandler reprising their film roles. See more »

Goofs

While most of the Apaches are shown riding bareback, at 10:36 one Apache is shown briefly with a saddle and stirrups. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
[opening narration]
Tom Jeffords: This is the story of a land, of the people who lived on it in the year 1870, and of a man whose name was Cochise. He was an Indian - leader of the Chiricahua Apache tribe. I was involved in the story and what I have to tell happened exactly as you'll see it - the only change will be that when the Apaches speak, they will speak in our language. What took place is part of the history of Arizona and it began for me here where you see me riding.
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Arrow Hits Target
30 July 2007 | by kenjhaSee all my reviews

In this underrated Western, Stewart is an ex-scout who tries to make peace between the Apaches and the white settlers in 1870s Arizona. For some reason this film's reputation has taken a hit over the years, but it is quite enjoyable. Stewart made several Westerns in the 1950s, starting with this and "Winchester 73" in 1950. Although the latter film is more highly regarded today, this film is actually better crafted, boasting fine cinematography and score. Chandler gives perhaps the best performance of his career as the noble Apache chief who is willing to make peace. Paget (looking like Britney Spears!) plays Stewart's love interest.


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