Sergeant Rutledge (1960)




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John Ford directed this distinguished movie, the first mainstream western to feature an African-American hero. The tale opens as 9th-Cavalry Sergeant Rutledge is tried for raping his commanding officer's daughter and then killing the CO. His tale is then told in flashback. The story is an interesting examination of subtle racism and it is also a tribute to the courageous black men who rode in the 9th Cavalry.
Classics , Drama , Western
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Warner Bros. Pictures

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Woody Strode
as Sgt. Braxton Rutledge
Jeffrey Hunter
as Lt. Tom Cantrell
Constance Towers
as Mary Beecher
Billie Burke
as Mrs. Cordelia Fosgate
Juano Hernandez
as Sgt. Matthew Luke Skidmore
Willis B. Bouchey
as Col. Otis Fosgate
Carleton Young
as Capt. Shattuck
Judson Pratt
as Lt. Mulqueen
William Henry
as Capt. Dwyer
Bill Henry
as Capt. Dwyer
Walter Reed
as Capt. MacAfee
Chuck Hayward
as Capt. Dickinson
Mae Marsh
as Nellie
Fred Libby
as Chandler Hubble
Charles Seel
as Dr. C.J. Eckner
Toby Richards
as Lucy Dabney
Jan Styne
as Chris Hubble
Cliff Lyons
as Sam Beecher
Jack Pennick
as Sergeant
Estelle Winwood
as Spectator
Eva Novak
as Spectator
Shug Fisher
as Mr. Owens
Jan Stine
as Chris Hubble
Hank Worden
as Laredo
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Critic Reviews for Sergeant Rutledge

All Critics (6)

Extraordinary Western works at all levels, as rousing story telling, visual beauty and Civil Rights drama.

Full Review… | March 31, 2013
Classic Film and Television

Noted as the first major Hollywood western to feature an African-American hero.

Full Review… | September 21, 2010
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

An astonishing film not only for its sheer visual and narrative excellence but also for its early acknowledgement of race relations in America.

Full Review… | January 15, 2009
Combustible Celluloid

Effective anti-racist western from Ford.

August 13, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

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September 9, 2005
Boulder Weekly

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June 19, 2005

Audience Reviews for Sergeant Rutledge

now i know where Mel Brooks got idea 4 colored sheriff in 'blazing saddles' this is 1st major western to feature a black lead character

Greg Wood
Greg Wood

74% "Why, you cheap, contemptible, tin plated, book soldier!"-Mary Beecher (Contance Towers) Western courtroom drama, with the defendent being...a black man.

FilmGrinder Stone
FilmGrinder Stone

Great courtroom drama with the action unfolding in a manner most fitting. Woody Strode excels here as the title character with lots of social commentary on the Civil Rights movement of the time this film was made. I got chills when the soldiers sing about Captain Buffalo during one scene.

Jeff Bachman
Jeff Bachman

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