Broken Arrow (1950)
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as Tom Jeffords
as Donseeahray ('Morningstar')
as Gen. Howard
as Ben Slade
as Col. Bernall
as Chip Slade
as Mule Driver
as Stage Passenger
Critic Reviews for Broken Arrow
Essentially it's an appealing, sentimental Indian romance, with plenty of action.
A fine film all the same, despite the compromised ending, quite beautifully shot by Ernest Palmer.
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.
This massively influential western from director Delmer Daves was among the first to tell the native American side of the story.
This superb western is one of the earliest to treat the problems of Indians seriously and sympathetically.
Audience Reviews for Broken Arrow
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.
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.
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.
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