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She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949)


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Release Date: Jan 1, 1949 Wide



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The second of John Ford's "Cavalry Trilogy," this film stars John Wayne as Cavalry Captain Nathan Brittles. In his last days before his compulsory retirement, Brittles must face the possibility of a full-scale attack from the Arapahos, fomented by the recent defeat of General Custer and by double-dealing Indian agents. ~ Iotis Erlewine, Rovi


Western, Classics

Frank S. Nugent

Jun 4, 2002

Turner Home Entertainment

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All Critics (21) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (17) | Rotten (1) | DVD (12)

Classic Western with glorious color, great story telling and an anti-war point of view.

April 1, 2013 Full Review Source: Classic Film and Television
Classic Film and Television

A film more notable for its gorgeous cinematography than for its plot.

August 15, 2011 Full Review Source: Cinema Sight
Cinema Sight

The second of John Ford's cavalry trilogy is well acted by John Wayne and well shot by Winton C. Hoch, who an Oscar for color cinematography.

March 4, 2011 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

First and most obviously one of the most flat-out gorgeous movies ever filmed.

January 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

an old man's movie shot with a young man's energy and gusto.

July 22, 2009 Full Review Source:

Definitely in top five of all-time Ford/Wayne westerns. Gorgeous color too.

June 21, 2008

Some of the most touching scenes describe the ceremonies in which tradition is transmitted from the older to the younger generation. When John Wayne gets a silver watch as a present, he sniffs a tear and reads the inscription, Lest We Forget!

January 13, 2007 Full Review Source: Screendaily

John Wayne, John Ford, and Monument Valley in glorious color. What more can you ask for in a western?

August 23, 2005
Movie Metropolis

Graceful direction by Ford.

May 22, 2005 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Splendid John Ford Western; Wayne is great, scenery fantastic. A must-see for any film buff.

October 14, 2002
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

...a lot of people's favorite Western, and it's good to see it in all its Technicolor glory on DVD.

June 7, 2002
Movie Metropolis

The best of John Ford's trilogy about the 7th Cavalry...

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Audience Reviews for She Wore a Yellow Ribbon

Beautifully filmed and featuring many great performances. This is one of the most entertaining of Ford's films. Also includes the greatest performance ever put in by Victor McLaglen in his reoccurring role as Sgt. Quincannon.
October 27, 2011
Graham Jones

Super Reviewer

A great follow up to Fort Apache and probably the grandest in the whole trilogy. The use of color is almost jaw dropping at times and the way the west is captured is utterly flawless. John Wayne delivers one of his best performances out of so many great ones. Captain Brittles is probably one of the most noble and courageous characters, certainly in terms of military movies. John Ford's vision and storytelling is just unlike anything else and this is such a beautiful movie to experience.
September 6, 2010

Super Reviewer

The compositions and photography around director John Ford's new stamping ground of Monument valley are great to look at as always.
With some makeup to grey his hair and wrinkle him a might, John Wayne turns in one of his finest performances on the screen.
The rest of the cast measures up equally well. Victor McLaglen, as irascible as ever, plays Irish Top Sergeant Quincannon, full of blarney and (a bit of) whiskey. His morning scenes with Wayne, denying he'd been drinking, are comic gems. I like the scene of McLaglen battling men in the bar. As the young suitors of Joanne Dru, John Agar and Harry Carey Jr. are also quite good.
August 29, 2010
Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

    1. Sgt. Hochbauer: [enters the bar with a crew to arrest Quincannon] You're under arrest, Quincannon.
    2. Sgt. Quincannon: By whose orders?
    3. Sgt. Hochbauer: By order of Capt. Brittles. Are you coming peaceably?
    4. Sgt. Quincannon: Laddie, I've never gone any place peaceably in me life. [puts down his drink and slugs Sgt. Hochbauer]
    – Submitted by Francis L (2 years ago)
    1. Capt. Nathan Brittles: Never apologize and never explain, it's a sign of weakness.
    – Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
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