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Broken Arrow (1950)

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Release Date: Jan 1, 1950 Wide

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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

May 22, 2007

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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 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
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My gosh! It's a Western with a liberal cry for peace, racial harmony and tolerance.

July 15, 2005 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Audience Reviews for Broken Arrow

Ok, so some of the actors that played Native American's were actually white and the ideas of miscegenation were obviously frowned upon by the producers to the point were it was ok to say it was ok, without it actually being ok to happen. Show me a classic western that got it 100% right and I'll buy you a glass of Sarsaparilla. The intentions got through and were received loud and clear, how could it not be when spoken by James Stewart? I liked it very much, the ending is still as poignant as it was over 50 years ago, give me a Jimmy Stewart Western over a John Wayne any day of the week.
March 12, 2014
SirPant

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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.
October 26, 2010
ajv2688

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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.
June 28, 2010
ythelastman89

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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.
July 4, 2007
donnarenee2006

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    1. Tom Jeffords: My mother is crying he said. Funny it never struck me that an Apache woman would cry over her son like any other woman. Apaches were wild animals we all said.
    – Submitted by Mike M (20 months ago)
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