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Sergeant Rutledge ()


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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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Lt. Tom Cantrell
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Mary Beecher
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Mrs. Cordelia Fosgate
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1st Sgt. Braxton Rutledge
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Sgt. Matthew Luke Skidmore
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Col. Otis Fosgate
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Capt. Shattuck
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Lt. Mulqueen
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Phil Adams ...
Court Guard (uncredited)
Mario Arteaga ...
Mexican (uncredited)
Brandon Beach ...
Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Oscar Blank ...
Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Clifton Brandon ...
Trooper (uncredited)
Naaman Brown ...
Trooper (uncredited)
Louis Byrd ...
Trooper (uncredited)
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Officer's Wife (uncredited)
Jane Crowley ...
Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
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Mr. Owens (uncredited)
Eugene Gaines ...
Trooper (uncredited)
Sam Harris ...
Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
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Capt. Dickinson (uncredited)
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Capt. Dwyer (uncredited)
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Trooper (uncredited)
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Cpl. Krump (uncredited)
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Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Mike Lally ...
Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Jack Lewis ...
Indian (uncredited)
Fred Libby ...
Chandler Hubble (uncredited)
Marvin Luster ...
Trooper (uncredited)
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Sam Beecher (uncredited)
Wilbur Mack ...
Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
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Mrs. Nellie Hackett (uncredited)
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Lucy Dabney (uncredited)
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Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Trusse R. Norris ...
Trooper (uncredited)
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Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Jack Pennick ...
Courtroom Sergeant (uncredited)
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Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
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Capt. McAfee (uncredited)
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Court-Martial Board Member (uncredited)
Charles Seel ...
Dr. Walter Eckner (uncredited)
Ed Shaw ...
Chris Hubble (uncredited)
Bobby Lee Smith ...
Trooper (uncredited)
Ed Sweeny ...
Sentry (uncredited)
Walter Torrence ...
Trooper (uncredited)
David Washington ...
Trooper (uncredited)
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Court Guard (uncredited)
Lloyd Winston ...
Trooper (uncredited)
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Laredo (uncredited)

Directed by

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John Ford

Written by

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James Warner Bellah ... (written by) and
Willis Goldbeck ... (written by)
 
James Warner Bellah ... (novel) (uncredited)

Produced by

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Patrick Ford ... producer
Willis Goldbeck ... producer

Music by

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Howard Jackson

Cinematography by

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Bert Glennon ... director of photography

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Jack Murray

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Michael A. Hoey ... assistant editor (uncredited)

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Eddie Imazu

Set Decoration by

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Frank M. Miller

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Marjorie Best ... (costumes designed by)

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Gordon Bau ... makeup supervisor
Web Overlander ... makeup artist (uncredited)
Norman Pringle ... makeup artist (uncredited)

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Russell Saunders ... assistant director (as Russ Saunders)
Wingate Smith ... assistant director
Edward O'Fearna ... assistant director (uncredited)
Allen Pomeroy ... assistant director (uncredited)

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Robey Cooper ... props (uncredited)

Sound Department

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M.A. Merrick ... sound

Stunts

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Chuck Hayward ... stunts (uncredited)
Jack Lewis ... stunts (uncredited)
Cliff Lyons ... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Roberson ... stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Louis Jennings ... camera operator (uncredited)
Richard L. Wilson ... gaffer (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Martha Bunch ... wardrobe (uncredited)
Wesley Jeffries ... wardrobe (uncredited)

Music Department

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Leonard Rosenman ... composer: stock music (uncredited)

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Howard Hohler ... script supervisor (uncredited)
Dolores Rubin ... script supervisor (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines THERE'S NO TURNING BACK! (original print media ad - all caps) See more »
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Also Known As
  • Captain Buffalo (United States)
  • The Trial of Sergeant Rutledge (United States)
  • Le sergent noir (France)
  • Capitaine Buffalo (France)
  • Der schwarze Sergeant (Germany)
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  • 111 min
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Trivia Unsatisfied with Woody Strode's rehearsal of bullet-wounded drowsiness, director John Ford took his own steps to make Strode appear authentically weary for Rutledge's gunshot early on in the film. The day before the scene was to be shot, Ford got Strode drunk early in the day and had an assistant follow him around for the rest of the day to make sure he stayed that way. When the time came for Strode to shoot the scene with Constance Towers, his hangover gave him the perfect (for Ford) appearance of a man who had been shot. See more »
Goofs The character of 1st Sgt. Rutledge says the Apache are Mescalero. This story is set in Arizona and the Mescalero are and have always been a New Mexico people. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Big Guns Talk: The Story of the Western (1997). See more »
Soundtracks Captain Buffalo See more »
Quotes 1st Sgt. Braxton Rutledge: Anyone come, you ain't gonna be in here with me.
Mary Beecher: What are you talking about?
1st Sgt. Braxton Rutledge: I'm talking about you. A white woman. White women only spell trouble for any of us.
Mary Beecher: That's nonsense. We're just two people trying to stay alive.
1st Sgt. Braxton Rutledge: Lady, you don't know how hard I'm trying to stay alive.
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