Fort Apache

John Wayne  Actor Henry Fonda  Actor Ward Bond  Actor Shirley Temple  Actor John Agar  Actor Pedro Armendáriz  Actor Dick Foran  Actor

MPAA Rating: NR
Contains:Violence,Suitable for Children

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Fort Apache

UPC: 883929222087

Studio: Warner Home Video

MPAA Rating: NR   Contains:[Violence, Suitable for Children]

Summary: 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. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Category: Western

Features: Commentary by F.X. Feeney
Monument Valley: John Ford Country
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Fort Apache

Format: Blu-ray

Release Date: 02/21/2012

Aspect Ratio: 1.37:1 Academy Apeture

Audio: DHMA, DD1 Dolby Digital Mono

Runtime: 128 Minutes

Sides: 1

Number of Discs: 1

Language(s) English,Spanish

Subtitles: English,French,Spanish

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. ~ Lucia Bozzola, Rovi

Cast and Crew: Merian C. Cooper  Producer 
John Ford  Director 
John Ford  Producer 
Richard Hageman  Composer (Music Score) 
Frank S. Nugent  Screenwriter 
John Wayne  Actor 
Henry Fonda  Actor 
Ward Bond  Actor 
Shirley Temple  Actor 
John Agar  Actor 
Pedro Armendáriz  Actor 
Dick Foran  Actor 
Miguel Inclan  Actor 
Victor McLaglen  Actor 
Guy Kibbee  Actor 
Anna Lee  Actor 
George O'Brien  Actor 
Jack Pennick  Actor 
Irene Rich  Actor 
Grant Withers  Actor 
Ray Hyke  Actor 
Maria [Movita] Castaneda  Actor 
Mary Gordon  Actor 
Philip Kieffer  Actor 
Mae Marsh  Actor 
Hank Worden  Actor 
Cliff Clark  Actor 
Frank Ferguson  Actor 
Francis Ford  Actor 
Fred Graham  Actor 
Ben Johnson  Actor 
Mickey Simpson  Actor 
Harry Tenbrook  Actor 
Archie Twitchell  Actor 
Frank Baker  Actor 
William Forrest  Actor 

Country: USA