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The Bravos (1972)

TV-PG | | Western | TV Movie 9 January 1972
The commander of an isolated frontier cavalry post tries to stop an Indian war and find his son, who has been kidnapped.

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Credited cast:
... Major John David Harkness
... Jackson Buckley
... Heller Chase
... Ben Lawler
... Captain MacDowell
... Garratt
... Captain Detroville
... Sgt. Major Marcy
... Raeder
... Peter Harkness
... Santanta (as Joaquin Martinez)
... 2nd Lt. Lewis
... Corporal Love
Michael Bow ... Sgt. Boyd
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... Corporal Chaffee
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Major John Harkness is the commander of Fort Bravo, a small outpost established after the Civil War to protect the settlers. Although permanently lacking in troops and provisions, he has always managed to avoid any incident with the Indians. Unfortunately, this delicate balance is undermined one day by a tragic error committed by Buckley, a wagon driver. The latter has indeed killed a group of young Indians he had mistaken for rebels whereas they were only in search of horses. All that could degenerate into a war but Harkness will not let it happen, whatever the price to pay... Written by Guy Bellinger

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Not a bad cavalry Western
13 August 2005 | by See all my reviews

Not a bad film: an interesting-looking fort, good scenery, L Q Jones gets some decent screen-time and there's no contrived love interest (just a bit of on-off-on romance between two youngsters in the wagon train). But Peppard's persona is a bit too genial for a disciplinarian CO of an undermanned garrison; it was a bit of a shock when, after it has been surprised by the Indians, he puts enlisted men on 18 hours of duty a day and officers on 24 (for three days); not a good idea when there's meant to be 2,000 hostiles threatening 70 just soldiers. We don't get to see many of the 2,000, and the rescue bid (which, thankfully, doesn't descend into the A-team heroics that Peppard came to be identified with) seems to involve taking on just four or five of them. Funny title: I understand "bravos" to be hired ruffians or killers, and none of the protagonists fill this description. Even the fugitive from justice isn't really a bad guy.


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