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Broken Arrow (Bilingual)

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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: Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English, Spanish, French
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B000OT6V0U
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #26,236 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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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 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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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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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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By Marcia TOP 500 REVIEWER on June 9 2007
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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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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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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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