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Fort Massacre (1958)

Joel McCrea , George Neise , Joseph M. Newman  |  NR |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Joel McCrea, George Neise, Susan Cabot, Forrest Tucker
  • Directors: Joseph M. Newman
  • Writers: Martin M. Goldsmith
  • Producers: Walter M. Mirisch
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: Italian
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: MGM
  • DVD Release Date: March 15, 2011
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004RPQSTG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #195,283 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Joel McCrea gives a compelling performance as a cavalry sergeant apparently leading his men to safety, but actually slowly going mad in an insane attempt to avenge an Indian massacre.

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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars C Troop and their pocket watch leader. March 28, 2011
Format:DVD
Joel McCrea stars as tough US Cavalry Sergeant Vinson, who has to take command of C Troop when the senior officers are killed during an Apache attack. But what drives Vinson on? And is he the right man to lead the remaining members of the Troop? Directed by Joseph Newman, the films photography comes from Carl Guthrie, screenplay is courtesy of Martin Goldsmith, it's filmed in CinemaScope with De Luxe colour and the co-star list contains Forrest Tucker, John Russell, George N. Neise & Susan Cabot.

A moody and tough psychological Western that showcases the truly good side of the "B" Western splinter. Thematically strong with its anti-racist core, and really tightly written by Goldsmith, it's also notable for containing a wonderful performance from McCrea. Tho his Western output was very hit and miss {the brilliant Peckinpah film Ride The High Country was to come 4 years later} McCrea was always value for money in even the tardiest of Oaters. Here he gets to really grizzle for all his worth, his Vinson is a bitter man, blinded by hate, yet still capable of softening up if engaged in the right conversation. McCrea is first rate in the role, never over doing the hard-nosed side of the character and garnering believable sympathy when his guard is down.

More known for being the director of This Island Earth, Joseph Newman is hardly the name one links to the direction of a psychological Western. Yet he does a surprisingly good job with the action sequences and rightly lets his actors just tell the story. There's a small complaint that the final battle is all too brief, but that's a touch offset by a hillside C Troop/Apache battle that takes place in the first third of the film.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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United Artists Corporation presents "FORT MASSACRE" (1958) (80 min/Color) -- Starring Joel McCrea, Forrest Tucker, Susan Cabot, John Russell, Anthony Caruso & Francis McDonald

Directed by Joseph M. Newman

The embittered cavalry Sergeant Vinson (Joel McCrea) must take over his regiment after their commanding officer is killed during an ambush. To save them, he leads the troop through Apache territory because it is the quickest way to reach the fort. The members of the regiment do not trust their new leader's reasoning. They suspect he is taking them through the restricted territory so that he can get revenge upon the Apaches who killed his wife and children several years before. The troop find themselves suffering a series of increasingly deadly attacks. Many die, until the soldiers, believe that the sergeant has lost his mind.

The real star is the cinematography, shot in beautiful color and featuring some of the best scenery outside a John Ford western.

Joel McCrea, John Russell and Forrest Tucker give good performances in this story about a cavalry troop on the move, constantly under attack.

There's no humor or sentimentality in this film. The interplay between McCrea, Tucker, and Caruso is interesting and incisive. McCrea shows how a miscreant within a unit can be as great a menace as the enemy. The cinematography is excellent, particularly during riding and water hole sequences.

Worth a look for those interested in the cavalry, plus the many Joel McCrea and John Russell fans.

BIOS:
1. Joseph M. Newman (Director)
Date of Birth: 07 August 1909 - Logan, Utah
Date of Death: 23 January 2006 - Simi Valley, California

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fort Massacre January 15, 2012
By Owen
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Another Joel McCrea classic western the acting in this movie is great and the story line is excellent would recommend well worth watching.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Lot's of shoot them up. March 29, 2013
By OD
Format:Amazon Instant Video
I like Joel McCrea. In this role, he plays a troubled soldier forced into a leadership role he didn't want. It doesn't end well for the main character and those he commanded.
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