Broken Arrow
Broken Arrow (1950)

Indian scout Tom Jeffords (James Stewart) is sent out to stem the war between the Whites and Apaches in the late 1870s. He learns (through an uncomfortably close encounter) that the Indians kill only to protect themselves, or out of… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: July 21, 1950
DVD Release Date: May 22, 2007
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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

Essentially it's an appealing, sentimental Indian romance, with plenty of action.

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Tony Sloman
Radio Times

This massively influential western from director Delmer Daves was among the first to tell the native American side of the story.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

My gosh! It's a Western with a liberal cry for peace, racial harmony and tolerance.

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Time Out

A fine film all the same, despite the compromised ending, quite beautifully shot by Ernest Palmer.

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TV Guide

This superb western is one of the earliest to treat the problems of Indians seriously and sympathetically.

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A quieter, more thoughtful western than many of its peers, this is so well directed and shot it's a wonder that Daves didn't have a more high-profile career.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

We cannot accept this picture as either an exciting or reasonable account of the attitudes and ways of American Indians. They merit justice, but not such patronage.

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Emanuel Levy

One of the first Hollywood movies to preach for accord between Native Americans and white civilization. While the liberal ideology is commendable, the portrayal of Cochise by white actor Jeff Chandler is not.

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Flixster Audience Score: 70% Flixster User Reviews
Aj V
James Stewart is cool in this movie trying to get the Europeans and Native Americans to get along. Both he and the audience learn a lot. Of course this… More
Donna Dawson
I requested this one to be added. One of them old cowboy movies, set on our area, of the Apaches in AZ. Just one of them classic western tales Cochise and… More
Conner Rainwater
I actually really like this and think it has a very nice message and sense of direction. James Stewart fits well into the earnest cowboy role, essentially… More
Paris Smith
A very underrated film, Broken Arrow deftly and handily tells a great story. Jeff Chandler turns in an excellent performance as miscast Cochise, playing the… More