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Sergeant Rutledge (1960)

Approved | | Crime, Western | 28 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:
... Lt. Tom Cantrell
... Mary Beecher
... Mrs. Cordelia Fosgate
... 1st Sgt. Braxton Rutledge
... Sgt. Matthew Luke Skidmore
... Col. Otis Fosgate
... Capt. Shattuck
... 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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Crime | Western

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Captain Buffalo  »

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WILHELM SCREAM: An Indian rides alongside a soldier and stabs him with a spear. See more »

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When the troop is settling in for the night and sings "Captain Buffalo" there is a shot of Rutledge standing watch. The rafters of the soundstage are visible in the upper right corner. See more »

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[Lucy jumps off her horse, ties it up on the rail, and enters the store where Mrs. Fosgate and Mrs. Hackett are]
Mrs. Cordelia Fosgate: Lucy Dabney! Riding astride! When will your father realize that you are a grown-up young lady?
Mrs. Nellie Hackett: Yes!
Lucy Dabney: [laughs] Papa says as long as I say my prayers and behave myself with the young lieutenants, he doesn't care if I ride like Lady Godiva!
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Captain Buffalo
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Don't even think about it!
29 May 2003 | by See all my reviews

When I was scannning the reviews of this excellent movie, I found one comment that really flipped me out... REMAKE A JOHN FORD CLASSIC like Sergeant Rutledge????? Good Lord, what are you thinking. I am basically opposed to most remakes anyway,but this film in particular has stood the test of time just fine.... As another reviewer said,it is NOT a typical John Ford film,but it has to be one of his best. Woody Strode,one of the most under rated black actors of his generation is superb as in the title role. I would have to do some research to see how many films he did for Ford..in this film he is amazing. Jeffrey Hunter as defense attorney Tom Cantrell also turns in an excellent performance,caught between the proverbial rock and hard place when he is 'forced' to defend Rutledge. Constance Towers as Hunter's conscience, the school teacher, Mary is also quite good. Comic relief is provided by Billie Burke(Glinda the good) as the commanding general's wife,who cannot understand why she cant sit in the front row.

I have drawn a complete blank as to the actor who plays the prosecutor at Rutledge's courtmartial, but he is also very good... shades of Hamilton Burger. As much as I respect Denzel Washington as an actor ,I can't imagine him agreeing to remake this excellent film.... as for Ben Affleck as Cantrell, NEVER IN A MILLION YEARS. As I said in a previous review, if it ain't broke,don't fix it.....Bearing in mind that Ford, Hunter and Strode are all gone, it just wouldnt be right.


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