She Wore a Yellow Ribbon
She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949)

The second of John Ford's "Cavalry Trilogy," this film stars John Wayne as Cavalry Captain Nathan Brittles. In his last days before his compulsory retirement, Brittles must face the possibility of a full-scale attack from the… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: January 1, 1949
DVD Release Date: June 4, 2002
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Critic Score: 95% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

A western meller done in the best John Ford manner.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

This earned an Oscar for Best Cinematography, though had a Best Makeup award existed back then, surely Don Cash would have been a contender for superb work that allowed a then-41-year-old Wayne to convincingly pass for someone a quarter-century older.

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Emanuel Levy

The second of John Ford's cavalry trilogy is well acted by John Wayne and well shot by Winton C. Hoch, who an Oscar for color cinematography.

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Derek Adams
Time Out

A film of both elegiac sentiment and occasionally over-eloquent sentimentality.

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Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television

Classic Western with glorious color, great story telling and an anti-war point of view.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

First and most obviously one of the most flat-out gorgeous movies ever filmed.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

Bulwarked with gay and spirited music and keyed to the colors of the plains, "She Wore a Yellow Ribbon" is a dilly of a cavalry picture. Yeehooooo!

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Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight

A film more notable for its gorgeous cinematography than for its plot.

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Paul Brenner

an old man's movie shot with a young man's energy and gusto.

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Flixster Audience Score: 81% Flixster User Reviews
Graham Jones
Beautifully filmed and featuring many great performances. This is one of the most entertaining of Ford's films. Also includes the greatest performance ever… More
Tim Salmons
John Ford's classic has lost a little of it's edge over the years, but it is no way a bad film. Quite the opposite.
Conner Rainwater
A great follow up to Fort Apache and probably the grandest in the whole trilogy. The use of color is almost jaw dropping at times and the way the west is… More
Cassandra Maples
Like "My Darling Clementine", Ford used the name of a song and even more than in Clementine, he deviated from the pattern of a standard western.… More
Dean McKenna
The compositions and photography around director John Ford's new stamping ground of Monument valley are great to look at as always. With some makeup to… More
xGary Xx
John Ford and John Wayne's remarkably consistent partnership works it's magic once again in yet another classic western.