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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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

The nonlinear narrative, with its infinite digressions and asides, is designed less to tell a story than to present a world-a world dense in physical detail and fraught with moral challenges.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

Folks who are looking for action in the oldest tradition of the screen, observed through a genuine artist's camera, will find plenty of it here.

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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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Keith Phipps
AV Club

[Balances] a respect for classic American frontier virtues with a less generous assessment of how those virtues were applied.

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Time Out

Ford gives us telling evidence of tragic ambiguity.

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Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television

Fascinating Western loaded with political and social commentary.

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Variety Staff

Cast is as tremendous as the scope achieved by Ford's direction.

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Tony Sloman
Radio Times

One of the highlights of American cinema.

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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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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