Fort Apache

Fort Apache

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Director: John Ford

Cast: John Ford, John Wayne, Henry Fonda, Ward Bond

     
 

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The first of John Ford's "Cavalry Trilogy," Fort Apache stars John Wayne as captain Kirby York and Henry Fonda as Custer clone Lt. Col. Owen Thursday. Resentful of his loss in rank and transfer to the West after serving gallantly in the Civil War, the vainglorious Thursday insists upon imposing rigid authority on rough-and-tumble Fort Apache. He is particularly

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The first of John Ford's "Cavalry Trilogy," Fort Apache stars John Wayne as captain Kirby York and Henry Fonda as Custer clone Lt. Col. Owen Thursday. Resentful of his loss in rank and transfer to the West after serving gallantly in the Civil War, the vainglorious Thursday insists upon imposing rigid authority on rough-and-tumble Fort Apache. He is particularly anxious to do battle with the local Indians, despite York's admonitions that the trouble around the fort is being fomented not by the so-called savages but by corrupt white Indian agents. Thursday nonetheless ends up in a climactic set-to with Indian chief Cochise. He and his men are needlessly slaughtered, but the Eastern press builds "Thursday's Charge" into an incident of conspicuous valor--and York, ever loyal to the cavalry, is not about to tell the whole truth. The bare bones of Fort Apache's plotline are fleshed out with several subplots, including the romance between Thursday's daughter Philadelphia (Shirley Temple) and Lt. Mickey O'Rourke (John Agar), the son of Fort Apache veteran Sgt. Michael O'Rourke (Ward Bond). There's also plenty of time for the expected drunken-brawl humor of Victor McLaglen. Not in the least politically correct, Fort Apache is a classic of its kind, and together with Rio Grande (1950) the best of the John Ford/John Wayne Cavalry films.

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All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
The first film of John Ford's "cavalry trilogy," Fort Apache (1948) pits an arrogant Henry Fonda against an Indian-savvy John Wayne in a myth-making confrontation with Apache leader Cochise. A key antecedent to Ford's later The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962), Fort Apache deflates mythic lore about the cavalry's triumph over the West's "savages" while revealing how and why such myths were created. Fonda's Custer-esque Col. Thursday is highly disciplined yet fatally racist and self-aggrandizing, while Wayne's Capt. York is an experienced Westerner who sees the wisdom in making peace with Cochise. Still, when Thursday ignores his advice and makes a troop-annihilating charge against the Apaches, York maintains the fiction that Thursday was a valiant leader. Devoting substantial screen time to community dances, domestic details, and a romantic subplot involving Thursday's daughter, Ford celebrates the "civilization" that the cavalry defends even if the fort itself is not an ideal operation; Wayne's final speech attests to the need to support the honorable tradition of that defense. Hardly politically correct, despite sympathetic acknowledgement of the Apaches' plight, Fort Apache still offers Ford's striking black and white Monument Valley vistas and assured performances from Ford stalwarts Wayne and Fonda.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/22/2007
UPC:
0053939791426
Original Release:
1948
Rating:
NR
Source:
Turner Home Ent
Region Code:
1
Time:
2:08:00
Sales rank:
9,236

Special Features

Featurette Monument Valley: John Ford Country; Theatrical trailer; Subtitles: English, Français & Español (feature film only)

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Wayne Capt. Kirby York
Henry Fonda Lt. Col. Owen Thursday
Ward Bond Sgt. Major O'Rourke
Shirley Temple Philadelphia Thursday
John Agar Lt. Michael "Mickey" O'Rourke
Pedro Armendariz Sgt. Beaufort
Dick Foran Sgt. Quincannon
Miguel Inclan Cochise
Victor McLaglen Sgt. Festus Mulcahy
Guy Kibbee Dr. Wilkens
Anna Lee Mrs. Emily Collingwood
George O'Brien Capt. Sam Collingwood
Jack Pennick Sgt. Schattuck
Irene Rich Mrs. Mary O'Rourke
Grant Withers Silas Meacham
Ray Hyke Capt. Gates
Maria [Movita] Castaneda Guadalupe
Mary Gordon Ma, the Barmaid
Philip Kieffer Man
Mae Marsh Mrs. Martha Gates
Hank Worden Bald-Headed Southern Recruit
Cliff Clark Stage Driver
Frank Ferguson Newspaperman
Francis Ford Fen, the Stage Guard
Fred Graham Cavalryman
Ben Johnson Stunt rider
Mickey Simpson NCO
Harry Tenbrook Courier
Archie Twitchell Reporter
Frank Baker Stunt rider
William Forrest Reporter

Technical Credits
John Ford Director,Producer
James Basevi Art Director
Merian C. Cooper Producer
Lowell J. Farrell Asst. Director
Richard Hageman Score Composer
Joseph I. Kane Sound/Sound Designer
Joe Kish Set Decoration/Design
David Koehler Special Effects
Emile LaVigne Makeup
Bernard McEveety Production Manager
Michael Meyers Costumes/Costume Designer
Jack Murray Editor
Frank S. Nugent Screenwriter
Ann Peck Costumes/Costume Designer
Jack Pennick Asst. Director
Louis Clyde Stoumen Cinematographer
Archie J. Stout Cinematographer
Frank Webster Sound/Sound Designer
Kenneth Williams Choreography

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Fort Apache
1. Credits [2:38]
2. Disgruntled Soldier Boy [4:39]
3. Escort to the Fort [3:50]
4. Reunions [5:06]
5. Duty Call [4:05]
6. Officers Call [4:02]
7. No Place for Glory [2:19]
8. Ladies Aid [3:28]
9. First Day's Drill [4:32]
10. Comforts of Home [3:30]
11. Sentimental Evening [6:08]
12. Beginner Horsemen [3:36]
13. Desert Discovery [3:33]
14. Dressed Down, Ordered Out [5:33]
15. Enemy Engagement [5:37]
16. Merchant Meacham [4:27]
17. Judges of Whiskey [4:58]
18. Riding to Meet Cochise [4:10]
19. Wedding Ban [4:27]
20. Desert Meeting [3:24]
21. Officers Dance [6:40]
22. Thursday's Orders [3:33]
23. Keep for His Return [4:01]
24. Where the Apaches Are [3:39]
25. War Threats [4:57]
26. Relieved of Command [4:45]
27. Into an Ambush [4:16]
28. Commander's Apologies [4:43]
29. Dust in the Wind [2:34]
30. Thursday's Legacy [4:18]

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Fort Apache 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
jsphtnnr3920152 More than 1 year ago
Best John Wayne Movie To Watch On DVD Or On Encore Westerns Ever.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I can't believe that this great film is finally availabe on DVD. Without question, it is the best of the Wayne/Ford collaborations. Outstanding story line, and, in true Ford fashion, visually stunning. 'Good Luck, C Troop!"
Guest More than 1 year ago
As with all John Ford and John Wayne movies, this movie is a masterpiece. There is a reason Ford obtained four Oscars before the award become to political A must see movie.
hound1 More than 1 year ago
The first in John Ford's calvary trilogy and, the one of two that John Wayne played same named character. Rio Grande being the other. Good character development and Henry Fonda plays a very credible Col. Thursday doing George Custer. Covers bigotry and egotism very well. Also it is a good view of life in the west for the calvary, being outnumbered and many times out gunned. As usual it also is a moving brochure for monument valley.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This a great film with great stars. Ford's other two cavalry films, 'She Wore a Yellow Ribbon' and 'Rio Grande', are available on DVD why not this one?
Guest More than 1 year ago
is (at least in one man's opinion) one of The Duke's greatest movie lines. But it also sets the tone for what is one of the greatest Ford /Wayne westerns of all time. The inane arrogance of Lt. Colonel Thursday has been seldom equaled on screen or better portrayed as it is here by Henry Fonda. FORT APACHE, like THEY DIED WITH THEIR BOOTS ON, isn't a history lesson, and anyone who substituted these events for a text book reading will go down like both films' antagonists. Great entertainment.