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Broken Arrow (Bilingual)

James Stewart , Jeff Chandler , Delmer Daves    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars July 5 2014
Jimmy at his best in the classic western
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5.0 out of 5 stars Broken Arrow (1950) June 9 2007
By Marcia TOP 100 REVIEWER
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My favourite Jimmy Stewart western. Shows a balanced view of the First Nations people and the Caucasion invaders. Caught between two worlds Jimmy Steward falls in love with the cheif's (Jeff Chandler) daughter
(Deborah Paget) This movie stands up there with Shane and John Wayne's Stagecoach and True Grit. It's one of the best westerns ever made. Sad ending yet uplifting. Available for $14.99 at 1-800-4-MOVIES plus S &H. Less on their website Movies Unlimited, a website strictly for serious collectors like myself who love classics and 'old movies' not available at Blockbuster etc. or Amazon.ca or Amazon.com in this case. Amazon.ca is my first choice but if I can't get it there I can always get it at Movies Unlimited.
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By J. Lovins TOP 50 REVIEWER
20th Century Fox presents "BROKEN ARROW" (1950) (93 min/Color) (Fully Restored/Dolby Digitally Remastered) --
Tom Jeffords (James Stewart) is a scout who seeks to heal the divisions between the Apaches and white men --- Cochise (Jeff Chandler) is outstanding as the Apache leader --- Debra Paget as Sonseehray is played within the boundaries of innocence and caring bliss --- Excellent adaptation of Elliott Arnold's book "Blood Brother" concerning the talk, the need, and the struggle for peace between the white man and the Apache Indians in 1870 Arizona.

Strong, moving story relies on the complicated interpersonal relationships between the characters for its impact, and the performances from Stewart, Paget, and Oscar-nominated Jeff Chandler do not disappoint --- Beautifully filmed on rugged locations Alabama Hills, Lone Pine, California --- Delmer Daves directs a winner, one of the best westerns of the '50s, which has been dubbed a classic.

1951 Nominated Oscar Best Actor in a Supporting Role by the Academy Awards was Jeff Chandler --- Best Cinematography, Color was Ernest Palmer

Best Writing, Screenplay Albert Maltz (Originally Michael Blankfort had been listed for this nomination. Blankfort fronted for Maltz, who was a blacklisted writer at the time. Following research by the Writers Guild of America West in July 1991, the Academy officially attributed the nomination to Maltz and removed Blankford)

The picture is very clear and sharp --- There are only a handful of night scenes during the film but all showed an impressive lack of low level noise.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Vintage Jimmy Stewart; A Great Western Feb. 4 1999
Format:VHS Tape
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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3.0 out of 5 stars Better late ..... May 18 2011
By Barney
The item arrived more than a month after the order was placed. The vendor placed the blame on overzealous border officials, and who am I to doubt it. When it finally arrived, it was indeed the item I had ordered.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Blood brothers of the Southwest May 31 2004
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
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.
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. Read more
Published on April 16 2004 by Maximiliano F Yofre
4.0 out of 5 stars A Classic Western That Deserves DVD Release!
This is really intended for Amazon--please convey to whomever that a market exists--we're all waiting for the remastered DVD!!!
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Published on Jan. 29 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars A fine Western
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 more
Published on Sept. 9 2003 by DJ Joe Sixpack
4.0 out of 5 stars A timeless classic
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 more
Published on June 19 2003 by F. D Sims
5.0 out of 5 stars A more accurate portrayal of the West
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 more
Published on Jan. 17 2003 by Cory D. Slipman
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best of the western classics
In my work as an educator, I have developed lesson plans to go with timeless film classics to teach character. Read more
Published on Jan. 25 2002 by Onalee McGraw
5.0 out of 5 stars Great any time
They couldn't have picked better actors than they did, Deborah paget was so beautiful as the indian maiden James Stewart fell in love with and Cochise could only have been Jeff... Read more
Published on June 19 2001 by jeanette chisholm
4.0 out of 5 stars BROKEN EXPECTATIONS
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... Read more
Published on March 17 2001 by Danny Wedding
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