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Broken Arrow (1950)

James Stewart , Jeff Chandler , Delmer Daves  |  NR |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (149 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: James Stewart, Jeff Chandler, Debra Paget, Basil Ruysdael, Will Geer
  • Directors: Delmer Daves
  • Writers: Albert Maltz, Elliott Arnold, Michael Blankfort
  • Producers: Julian Blaustein
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), French (Unknown), Spanish (Unknown)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: May 22, 2007
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (149 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000OT6V0U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,409 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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In 1870, when white men and Indians are fighting bitterly, Tom Jeffords (Stewart) strongly believes the Apaches are treated unfairly. After befriending their leader Cochise (Jeff Chandler) and arranging a truce, he is called upon by a U.S. Army general to negotiate a government peace treaty. Though he fulfills his mission, Jeffords soon experiences great tragedy when he, his Indian wife (Debra Paget) and good friend Cochise become targets of a renegade ambush.

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90 of 94 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Paying a High Price for Peace! December 5, 2006
Format:VHS Tape
I've seen "Broken Arrow" (1950) when I was just a kid. The power of the images of this film remained in the back of my mind. In the near past a collection of the best Far West movies was edited in Argentina. This was the first title I run to buy. I wasn't disappointed with what I found.

It is one of the first films, if not the first, to show common human traits in both Native Americans and Pioneer Americans. Both are shown alternatively as brave, cruel, ruthless, honorable, truthful, and wicked. It shows a true kaleidoscopic round of basic human attitudes.

James Stewart impersonates Tom Jeffords (1832-1914) a historical character, known for opening the postal trail thru Apache's territory. This story is shown in the movie, with the logical and expected changes that a commercial product implies.
Nevertheless it depicts the relationship of trust developed between Cochise (1805-1874) the great Apache leader, fleshed outstandingly by Jeff Chandler, and Jeffords. They represent the best of two different worlds and work together to give peace a chance (as Lennon said). Peace is not an easy goal to reach; both of them had to pay a high price in order to obtain it.

A very young and beautiful Debra Paget, playing the role of Morningstar, contributes to give the romantic accent to the film.
There is enough action for the epic lovers, a very good photography in Technicolor and a solid script to backup the story.
One more thing, the Apache characters are, mostly, performed by Native American actors, contributing to make the story more credible.

I think this movie deserves, in justice, to be called a classic. Enjoy it!!!.
Reviewed by Max Yofre.
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96 of 105 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Classic Western That Deserves DVD Release! January 29, 2004
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This is really intended for Amazon--please convey to whomever that a market exists--we're all waiting for the remastered DVD!!!
If you agree, please cast your vote here!!!
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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Realistic Western from the 50's! June 7, 2007
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This really is a terrific Western! The story you probably know by now, what you may not know is the great DVD tranfer, great color, and great Sedona Ariz. filming locations!

Jimmy Stewart starting doing westerns in 1950 with Winchester 73', a black and white film and a classic. Broken Arrow was his second entry and 5 more followed in the 1950's. But none were to top Broken Arrow. Or Winchester 73'!

Not only is the story very solid, fiction based on real events and people, but all the actors casting is flawless! Will Geer, an emotionally hurt settler, Debra Paget at 17 looking like a Indian instead of a young startlet, and Jeff Chandler as Cochise in a very believable good performance. Mabye his best!

And make sure to check out Jay Silverheels in the role of Geronimo, a top notch performance and I think biggest speaking part of anything he'd ever been in, including the Lone Ranger series. When he defies Cochise to follow the peace trail, his emotion is so powerful that it jumps off the screen. A truly great moment in the film. I had to replay that scene many times because I liked it so much!

I'm proud to place this among my Western Collection of DVDs!
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Absolute Best June 7, 2007
From time to time on the net I come across these ever-present lists where someone is sounding off about what they say are the "best" of such and so . Frequently I see "best westerns" or "best war movie" lists and find myself laughing out loud when one of these things omits something universally acknowledged to be a Classic. When that happens you know you're dealing with a relative "newbie" in the world whose exposure to genre cinema isn't nearly as expansive as they think it is. War Movie lists that leave off "Sergeant York" (out of sight for along time) come to mind. So do "Best Westerns" lists that ignore "Broken Arrow" (another hard to find one for quite a while). This film is a treasure.

To all who think "Broken Arrow" is a John Travolta/Christian Slater military action thriller, I've got news for you: Travolta/Slater is just an "ehhh" popcorn programmer that happens to LIFT the title of one of the

most admired, acclaimed, respected, and loved westerns of all time; one that belongs up there with "The Searchers" , "Fort Apache", and others in the category of "the greatest".

Released in 1950, this Delmer Daves film tells the true (with very little ...and, even then, only minor...fictionalization) story of ex-Army officer Tom Jeffords and his early-1870s interactions with the great Apache warrior Cochise; a relationship that led to a major degree of peace in Arizona in the long run. It is a tale well written, well told, and beautifully photographed. Nominated for several Oscars and Golden Globe Awards, it won the Golden Globe for best screenplay.

Shot in magnificent locations in Sedona and Flagstaff, Arizona, and Lone Pine, California, the scenics are just gorgeous and the color cinematography absolutely superb.

The cast is fabulous as well.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vintage Jimmy Stewart; A Great Western February 4, 1999
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Though far from historically accurate, _Broken Arrow_ is an agreeable, upbeat action film that has some thought behind it. This is not an entirely predictable moral tale, but acknowledges the savagery of the clash between Indians and Whites in the west.
The story, though told by the Indian agent Tom Jeffords (Stewart) is really that of the great Apache leader, Cochise (Chandler). It is in the study of Cochise that much of the film's fascination lies. Though Stewart's narrative frames the story, it is Cochise's decisions and actions that move the peace process forward.
Though admittedly some of the Indians are portrayed by white actors, just consider these cast members: Iron Eyes Cody as one of Cochise's lieutenants, Teese; John War Eagle as the spurned suitor, Nahilzay; and Jay Silverheels as the deadly and intransigent Geronimo-- in an excellent performance that is a far cry from his affable 'Tonto' of _Lone Ranger_ films and series!
Also watch for a young Will Geer cast against type as the embittered and treacherous Ben Slade, and the great character actor, Arthur Hunnicutt, as reluctant Stewart sidekick Milt Duffield.
This is a great western, and despite the somewhat schmaltzy romantic plot, it plays well today just as it did almost 50 years ago.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Trouble between Native Americans and white interlopers
My husband likes this movie very much So do I and cannot really tell you why. Perhaps it Jimmy Stewart or maybe just the plot, but is sure is spellbinding to watch.
Published 5 hours ago by Betty Geist
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Jimmy Stewarts best.
It is a wonderful movie. I believe it needed to give more of an insight to the Indians.. Jimmy Stewart has done it again. I love his slow easy manner. He was a great star.
Published 6 hours ago by Sherri Hall
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 days ago by Dale E. Komanec
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Classic good quality movie!
Published 3 days ago by Liz
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth watching for Stewart alone.
Classic James Stewart western. Great to see again without it being butchered by commercials.
Published 4 days ago by RB
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I love a good western
Published 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth Watching
Good movie, some acting not so good but Jimmy great as always. One of the earlier movies to show both sides of the conflict with the Indians; ends sadly but still a good watch
Published 8 days ago by Africalion
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 9 days ago by Horst Endlich
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Haven't seen this move in a longtime was good to watch old movies
Published 10 days ago by Rickey Carson
4.0 out of 5 stars Old movies
This is a good story, and I like good stories. This is about cowboys and Indians, and government folk. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Mickey
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