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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.
Delmer Daves's movie about exarmy scout Tom Jeffords's one-man peace mission to the Apaches, and the diplomatic partnership he formed with Cochise, has a child's-storybook clarity to it. That applies to not only its lovely Technicolor compositions but also its scenario, characterizations, and still-arresting mix of violence and delicacy. Broken Arrow wasn't the first Western to express sympathy for the Indian side in the frontier wars (Devil's Doorway came out earlier in 1950 and filed a more scathing brief on the Indians' behalf), but it was Daves's picture that had a decisive impact on popular consciousness and effectively amended the ground rules of the genre. James Stewart's Jeffords may be less compelling than the troubled Westerners the star would soon be playing for Anthony Mann, but there's real tenderness and vulnerability in the performance. Jeff Chandler scored a supporting-actor Oscar® nomination for leavening the dignity of Cochise with sly humor. --Richard T. Jameson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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My favourite Jimmy Stewart western. Shows a balanced view of the First Nations people and the Caucasion invaders. Read morePublished on June 9 2007 by Marcia
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An engrossing, enjoyable Western dramatizing the Native American leader Cochise, who led the Apache nation in a struggle against white settlers in the Southwest border region. Read morePublished on Sept. 9 2003 by DJ Joe Sixpack
This is one of my personal all time favorites. I can't remember how many times over the years I have seen it . The first part is a must for any courses in diversity studies. Read morePublished on June 19 2003 by F. D Sims
Broken Arrow was truly one of the first western flicks to portray the conflict between native Americans and white men with sympathy to the plight of the Indians. Read morePublished on Jan. 17 2003 by Cory D. Slipman
In my work as an educator, I have developed lesson plans to go with timeless film classics to teach character. Read morePublished on Jan. 25 2002 by Onalee McGraw