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Fort Apache Movie Basics

Year of Release: 1948
Running Time: 2 hrs. 05 min.
MPAA Rating: Not rated
Director: John Ford
Screenwriter: Frank S. Nugent
Producers: John Ford and Merian C. Cooper
Studio: Argosy Pictures

Fort Apache Synopsis

A bitter and autocratic civil war military colonel (Henry Fonda) and his daughter (Shirley Temple) are sent to a remote fort. He has been commissioned to lead a battalion of Cavalry soldiers against the local Apaches. Opinionated and racist he clashes with Captain Kirby York (John Wayne) and the other unit officers over their more reasoned approach to dealing with the Indians. The first installment of what would eventually be called Director John's Ford Cavalry trilogy.

Fort Apache Cast

Henry Fonda - Lt. Colonel Owen Thursday
John Wayne - Captain Kirby York
Shirley Temple - Philadelphia Thursday
John Agar - Lt. Michael O'Rourke
Victor McLaglen - Sgt. Festus Mulcahy
Anna Lee - Mrs. Emily Collingwood
Ward Bond - Sgt. Major O'Rourke
Ben Johnson - Stunt Rider

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Captain Kirby York ( John Wayne ):

"They outnumber us four to one. Do we stay or do we fight?"

Lt. Colonel Owen Thursday ( Henry Fonda ):

"You seem easily impressed by numbers, Captain."

What to the Cavalry men find in the boxes marked "Bibles"?