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Broken Arrow (Bilingual)

James Stewart , Jeff Chandler , Delmer Daves    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
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Delmer Daves's movie about ex–army 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

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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Vintage Jimmy Stewart; A Great Western Feb. 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 Blood brothers of the Southwest May 31 2004
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This film classic is one of the few westerns that explores the Indian point of view, in war and in peace, and is the story of a proud people led by Cochise who wages a savage 10-year war with the Americans that finally ends with an honorable peace on his terms. The story is also about the courage of Tom Jeffords who is able to persuade Cochise to allow mail riders to pass through Apache country in safety. The two men form a bond of friendship and goodwill that stands the test of treachery, intolerance, racism, and betrayal from both red men and white men and teaches that a worthwhile peace cannot be achieved without cost and sacrifice. The film also depicts a tender love story involving Jeffords and an Apache girl. Their relationship blossoms in spite of a strict Apache code of courtship and Jeffords and Sonseeahray are drawn to each other immediately in spite of the hatred and mistrust between the Apaches and white men. The movie has fine action scenes that are filmed in lush Technicolor but stresses the personal relationship between Jeffords and Cochise and their struggle to bring peace to Arizona.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Encounter between two worlds. April 16 2004
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I've seen Broken Arrow 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.
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. A true kaleidoscopic round of basic human attitudes.
James Stewart impersonates Tom Jeffords 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 the Apache leader (Jeff Chandler) and Jeffords. They represent the better 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. Jeffords was actually married to an Apache woman, but I'm not certain that the events were as shown here.
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!!!.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A more accurate portrayal of the West Jan. 17 2003
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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. The story revolves around the conflict with the Apache tribe in Arizona in the 1870's.
Brooklyn born Jeff Chandler, aided by gobs of make up does a very respectable job playing Cochise. James Stewart in his genre playing Capt. Jeffords is sympathetic to the rights of the Apache to inhabit their territory. He learns the ways of the tribe to broker a piece treaty between Cochise and the untrustworthy U.S. military. While living among the tribe he falls madly in love with the ravishing Indian maiden Debra Paget (who was 17 in real life at the time of filming) and eventually marries her.
Cochise agrees to peace despite the objections of a splinter group of renegade Apache lead by Geronimo (played by a pre-Tonto, Jay Silverheels). The peace is a shaky one but eventually holds even through an attempted ambush of Cochise which results in the killing of Paget.
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4.0 out of 5 stars BROKEN EXPECTATIONS March 17 2001
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In Delmar Daves' revisionist Western Broken Arrow (1950), Jimmy Steward plays Tom Jeffords, a good natured cavalry scout with traditional views about Indians, especially the Apaches who have been terrorizing stage coaches and mail riders. Jefford's stereotypical and racist views are challenged when he discovers and heals a wounded Apache teenager who would have surely died if Jeffords had not wandered by. Jeffords, unable to reconcile his hatred for Indians with his affection for the boy he befriends, gradually reassesses his position and responds to the cognitive dissonance produced by these conflicting values by vowing to learn the Apache "language and ways." He is determined to meet and negotiate with Cochise (played in the film by Jeff Chandler), the Indian leader who had consolidated power by linking his own Chiricahua tribe with other Apache tribes in the Arizona and New Mexico region.
Jeffords is tutored in the Apache language, and eventually he is successful in meeting Cochise. The two men quickly learn to like and respect one another, despite the open, ongoing and bloody conflict between Indians and Whites. Jeffords acculturation is so complete that he meets, falls in love with, and eventually marries Sonseeahray, a young Indian woman played convincingly by Debra Paget.
The climax of the film occurs when some townsmen, in an abortive attempt to ambush Cochise, wind up shooting and killing Sonseeahray. In a dramatic reversal, Jeffords demands the opportunity to kill the one remaining White captive. Jeff Chandler's Cochise, speaking in Pidgin English, insists on respecting the peace the two men have worked so hard to attain.
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