Fort Apache

The first of Ford's cavalry trilogy (to be followed by She Wore a Yellow Ribbon and Rio Grande), and an intriguing development of questions of leadership, responsibility, heroism and legend, first raised in the muted officers' conflict of They Were Expendable. West Point stiffness (the Custer-like Fonda) meets the more organic Western community of an isolated Arizona outpost, and inflexible notions of 'duty' lead inexorably to disaster, historically rewritten as glory. Not for the last time, Ford gives us telling evidence of tragic ambiguity, but none the less decides to 'print the legend'.

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Duration: 127 mins

Cast and crew

Director: John Ford
Screenwriter: Frank S Nugent
Cast: Henry Fonda
John Wayne
Shirley Temple
Pedro Armendariz
John Agar
George O'Brien
Ward Bond
Victor McLaglen
Anna Lee

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