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Escape from Fort Bravo (1953)

Passed | | Western | 4 December 1953 (USA)
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During the Civil War, a group of Confederates escapes from the Union POW camp at Fort Bravo but has to contend with the desert, the Mescalero Apaches and the pursuing Union troops.

Director:

John Sturges

Writers:

Frank Fenton (screenplay), Philip Rock (story) (as Phillip Rock) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
William Holden ... Capt. Roper
Eleanor Parker ... Carla Forester
John Forsythe ... Capt. John Marsh
William Demarest ... Campbell
William Campbell ... Cabot Young
Polly Bergen ... Alice Owens
Richard Anderson ... Lt. Beecher
Carl Benton Reid ... Col. Owens
John Lupton ... Bailey
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Storyline

A ruthless Union captain is renowned throughout his prison fort as the toughest soldier in the business, capable of capturing every escaped convict under his supervision. However, when he falls in love with a visiting woman some of the prisoners seize the advantage and try to escape while he is in a more "mellow" mood. Written by Jonathon Dabell <J.D.@pixie.ntu.ac.uk>

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M.G.M.s Great Romance Excitingly photographed in Ansco Color.

Genres:

Western

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Trivia

This was planned to be filmed in 3D, but was eventually filmed in 2D, the first feature to employ spherical Panavision lenses. See more »

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All the Union soldiers were wearing brand new uniforms and boots. See more »

Quotes

Capt. Roper: Did you fire that shot?
Cabot Young: Yep!
Capt. Roper: In any other place than this, I'd thank you.
Cabot Young: In any other place, you wouldn't get the chance!
Capt. Roper: Keep the gun!
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Edited into How the West Was Won (1976) See more »

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Soothe My Lonely Heart
Written by Jeff Alexander
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Exceptional John Sturges western with another sterling William Holden performance
5 April 2014 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

During the Civil War, Union captain at an Arizona fort chases down a group of deserters on their way to Texas (including the woman the captain loves, who aided in the band's escape), but all involved become trapped in a desert trench by bloodthirsty Indians. Director John Sturges' 18th film looks pretty fantastic when it ventures outdoors, due to Robert Surtees' robust cinematography. However, the M-G-M production suffers visually when mixing location shots with exterior scenes filmed in-doors (this despite foliage and a waterfall to compliment a fight sequence). Sturges keeps a fast pace, though the picture isn't tightly-wound; the narrative is episodic and drifts, with only William Holden's deeply-felt work in the lead to hold most of it together. Holden's captain, who rarely smiles and seldom has emotions, evolves into a strong, loyal character--he's the heart of this piece. I'm not sure how well-matched the actor is with Eleanor Parker (who does her usual blank-eyed, open-mouthed silent suffering), however his declaration of love for her is convincing, thanks to Holden's sincerity. The bravura third act heats up with tense excitement as the Indians close in. This is where Sturges really comes to the fore and shows what he can do with familiar material. **1/2 from ****


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 December 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fort Bravo See more »

Filming Locations:

Rattlesnake, New Mexico, USA See more »

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Budget:

$1,520,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Anscocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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