Fort Apache
Fort Apache (1948)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: March 9, 1948
DVD Release Date: August 15, 2006
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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

It's an odd film, consisting more of sidetracks than of an actual story, but it showed a new restlessness in Ford.

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Steve Crum

One of John Ford's cavalry trilogy, and a near classic on its own. Wayne and Fonda are fine.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

This one is a reworking of the Custer myth, in a film that over sentimentalizes Army life and chivalry.

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Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television

Fascinating Western loaded with political and social commentary.

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David Bezanson

demonstrates that westerns weren't always one-sided and jingoistic.

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Emanuel Levy

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.

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Gary Brown
Houston Community Newspapers

Henry Fonda's stubborness reminds me of our occupant in the White House with his Iraq policy.

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Graham Jones
The greatest of the "Cavalry" trilogy. Packed with great social commentary and amazing performances by Fonda, Wayne and Ward Bond. Fonda's final… More
xGary Xx
One of John Ford's classic tales of the US cavalry, Fort Apache flies in the face of the established stereotypical western and portrays Cochise as an… More
Conner Rainwater
The first part in John Ford's Cavalry Trilogy and it's a complete epic. It's hard to find any mistakes, potholes or dull spots; probably because… More
Ken Stachnik
Henry Fonda squares off against the Duke in this dark take on the cavalry mythos. It's interesting that this film flies in the face of Ford's… More
Cassandra Maples
I know that many consider Red River or The Searchers to be Wayne's greatest cowboy movies, but for me, you can't get better than Fort Apache. It is… More
Jeffrey Meyers
Made in 1948, Fort Apache is way ahead of its' time in a number of ways, namely its' complex themes. Henry Fonda is terrific, and the rest of the cast… More