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Apache (1954) was a Western - Film Adaptation Film directed by Robert Aldrich and produced by Harold Hecht and Burt Lancaster.

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Fort Apache (1948)

By 4 Star Film Fan on May 9, 2019 From 4 Star Films

Fort Apache gives me the opportunity to consider one of John Ford’s most unlikely long-term collaborations with film critic turned screenwriter Frank S. Nugent. As with all Ford partnerships, it was oftentimes prickly but there’s no repudiating the impact. However, even the writer realiz... Read full article


Fort Apache (1948)

By Beatrice on Apr 5, 2015 From Flickers in Time

Fort Apache Directed by John Ford Written by Frank S. Nugent; suggested by the story “Massacre” by James Warner Bellah 1948/USA Argosy Pictures Repeat viewing/Netflix rental Such a classic Ford mixture of the heroic and the cynical in the Great American West. After the Civil War, Lt. ... Read full article


Classic Films in Focus: FORT APACHE (1948)

By Jennifer Garlen on Feb 10, 2013 From Virtual Virago

The classic Western has many moods, but the tone of John Ford's Fort Apache (1948) is decidedly dark. Its clouds gather slowly, relieved sometimes by deceptive moments of gaiety and light, but still the storm comes on. Loosely based on the events of Custer's Last Stand, Fort Apache is technically a ... Read full article


Classic Films in Focus: FORT APACHE (1948)

By Jennifer Garlen on Feb 10, 2013 From Virtual Virago

The classic Western has many moods, but the tone of John Ford's Fort Apache (1948) is decidedly dark. Its clouds gather slowly, relieved sometimes by deceptive moments of gaiety and light, but still the storm comes on. Loosely based on the events of Custer's Last Stand, Fort Apache is technically a ... Read full article


Classic Films in Focus: FORT APACHE (1948)

By Jennifer Garlen on Feb 10, 2013 From Virtual Virago

The classic Western has many moods, but the tone of John Ford's Fort Apache (1948) is decidedly dark. Its clouds gather slowly, relieved sometimes by deceptive moments of gaiety and light, but still the storm comes on. Loosely based on the events of Custer's Last Stand, Fort Apache is technically a ... Read full article


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Quotes from

Santos: Even a hawk is an eagle among crows.


Nalinle: But will they not say that growing corn is woman's work?
Massai: I am a warrior. What I do can never be woman's work.


Massai: If the Cherokee is like the white man, then he is Massai's enemy.
Clagg: I am the enemy of no man.
Massai: Then the Cherokee is a woman!
Clagg: I am no woman! My people have fought the white man many times but have always been driven west. First from a place called Carolina, then the land of Tennessee and then at last to Oklahoma. But there our chiefs grew wise. They did not fight and they did not run.
Massai: Neither does the turtle.
Clagg: Are you afraid of the turtle? Then put your knife away.


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Facts about

There really was a renegade Apache warrior called Massai, who was a bloodthirsty killer renowned for stealing, raping and murdering. He did indeed escape from a prison train bound for Florida and made his way back to his homeland. It is, however, doubtful that he was six feet tall and had blue eyes like Burt Lancaster.
United Artists pressured director Robert Aldrich into shooting a more optimistic ending in the final days of shooting. Aldrich reluctantly agreed and was dismayed when the film was released with this alternate ending. He later concluded that "if you shoot two endings, they will always use the other one, never yours".
Shot in 30 days.
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