Broken Arrow (1950)





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Indian scout Tom Jeffords (James Stewart) is sent out to stem the war between the Whites and Apaches in the late 1870s. He learns (through an uncomfortably close encounter) that the Indians kill only to protect themselves, or out of retaliation for white atrocities. Befriending the sagacious Apache leader Cochise (Jeff Chandler), Jeffords ensures safe passage for white mail-carriers through Indian territory. As he becomes closer to his Native American "brothers", Jeffords falls in love with and … More

Rating: G
Genre: Western, Drama, Action & Adventure, Romance, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Elliott Arnold, Albert Maltz, Michael Blankfort
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 22, 2007
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment


as Tom Jeffords

as Cochise

as Donseeahray ('Mornin...

as Gen. Howard

as Ben Slade

as Duffield

as Col. Bernall

as Nalikadeya

as Boucher

as Lonergan

as Chip Slade

as Pionsenay

as Machogee

as Sergeant

as Mule Driver

as Stage Passenger
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Critic Reviews for Broken Arrow

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 28, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

One of the first Hollywood movies to preach for accord between Native Americans and white civilization. While the liberal ideology is commendable, the portrayal of Cochise by white actor Jeff Chandler is not.

Full Review… | May 7, 2006

My gosh! It's a Western with a liberal cry for peace, racial harmony and tolerance.

Full Review… | July 15, 2005
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Audience Reviews for Broken Arrow

James Stewart is cool in this movie trying to get the Europeans and Native Americans to get along. Both he and the audience learn a lot. Of course this isn't the best western, but I liked it.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

I actually really like this and think it has a very nice message and sense of direction. James Stewart fits well into the earnest cowboy role, essentially becoming the peacemaker of Arizona. While some of the Indians don't come across as authentic looking, it doesn't really matter. I'd rather watch Jeff Chandler as Cochise than a real Native American who can't act. This is a very different type of Western and one that has a very unique quality to it.

Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer


A very underrated film, Broken Arrow deftly and handily tells a great story. Jeff Chandler turns in an excellent performance as miscast Cochise, playing the Apache leader with an admirable diligence and respect. James Stewart's turn as Tom Jeffords is surprisingly understated and memorable, not just in the usual likable Jimmy Stewart kind of way. I also love the briskness of the editing and overall direction.

Paris S.
Paris Smith

Super Reviewer

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