Fort Apache
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The soldiers at Fort Apache may disagree with the tactics of their glory-seeking new commander. But to a man, they're duty-bound to obey - even when it means almost certain disaster. John Wayne, Henry Fonda and many familiar supporting players from master director John Ford's "stock company" saddle up for the first film in the director's famed cavalry trilogy (She Wore a Yellow Ribbon and Rio Grande are the others). Roughhouse camaraderie, sentimental vignettes of frontier life, massive action sequences staged in Monument Valley - all are part of Fort Apache. So is… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's an odd film, consisting more of sidetracks than of an actual story, but it showed a new restlessness in Ford."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"One of John Ford's cavalry trilogy, and a near classic on its own. Wayne and Fonda are fine."
‑ Steve Crum,
"This one is a reworking of the Custer myth, in a film that over sentimentalizes Army life and chivalry."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Fascinating Western loaded with political and social commentary."
‑ Michael E. Grost, Classic Film and Television
"demonstrates that westerns weren't always one-sided and jingoistic."
‑ David Bezanson,
"Inspired by the massacre of General Custer's Cavalry, John Ford's superb elegiac Western contrasts legal-rational authority (Henry Fonda) with charismatic type of authority (John Wayne) to an advantage."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Henry Fonda's stubborness reminds me of our occupant in the White House with his Iraq policy."
‑ Gary Brown, Houston Community Newspapers
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