Broken Arrow 1950

Broken Arrow

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For a decade, the white settlers and the Apaches have been engaged in a bloody war with no peaceful end in sight. When a white scout, Tom Jeffords (James Stewart), has a dangerously close but enlightening encounter with the natives, he begins to see the humanity in these "enemies." Entering the Apache territory seeking peace, Jeffords forms a friendship with the Apache leader Cochise (Jeff Chandler), although there are people on both sides who resist extending the olive branch.

Cast & Crew

James Stewart
Tom Jeffords
Debra Paget
Sonseeahray
Basil Ruysdael
Gen. Oliver 'The Christian General' Howard
Will Geer
Ben Slade
Arthur Hunnicutt
Milt Duffield
Raymond Bramley
Col. Bernall
Albert Maltz
Screenwriter
Hugo Friedhofer
Original Music
Ernest Palmer
Cinematographer
J. Watson Webb Jr.
Film Editor
Lyle R. Wheeler
Art Director
Albert Hogsett
Art Director
Thomas Little
Set Decoration
Fred J. Rode
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Critic Reviews for Broken Arrow

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (8) | Rotten (1)

  • Essentially it's an appealing, sentimental Indian romance, with plenty of action.

    March 26, 2009 | Full Review…

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  • A fine film all the same, despite the compromised ending, quite beautifully shot by Ernest Palmer.

    February 9, 2006 | Full Review…
    Time Out
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  • We cannot accept this picture as either an exciting or reasonable account of the attitudes and ways of American Indians. They merit justice, but not such patronage.

    January 28, 2006 | Full Review…
  • This massively influential western from director Delmer Daves was among the first to tell the native American side of the story.

    October 23, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • This superb western is one of the earliest to treat the problems of Indians seriously and sympathetically.

    October 23, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    May 7, 2006 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Broken Arrow

  • Sep 17, 2015
    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 Super Reviewer
  • Sep 05, 2010
    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
  • Jun 28, 2010
    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 R Super Reviewer
  • May 22, 2010
    Fine movie, well acted. This film portrays Cochise and many of the other Apaches as good people, which was a remarkable leap at the time.
    Morris N Super Reviewer

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