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 Donseeahray ('Mornin...

as Gen. Howard

as Ben Slade

as Col. Bernall

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
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Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | January 28, 2006
New York Times
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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 Verser

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


I requested this one to be added. One of them old cowboy movies, set on our area, of the Apaches in AZ. Just one of them classic western tales Cochise and Geronimo. Fun movie to watch.

Donna Dawson

Super Reviewer

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