Fort Apache

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Released 1948

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Director:
John Ford
Released:
1948
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Fort Apache is a 1948 Western film about the internal conflicts of an U.S. Army cavalry unit, set against the backdrop of the American frontier and the rising unrest of Native Americans. Civil War veteran Captain Kirby York (John Wayne) is seemingly in line to be the next commander of Fort Apache, but when the position is instead given to the arrogant Lieutenant Colonel Owen Thursday (Henry Fonda), tempers flare as the two men butt heads over the treatment of the local Native Americans. Philadelphia Thursday (Shirley Temple), the Lieutenant Colonel's beautiful daughter, falls into a forbidden love affair with a low-born junior officer, angering her father, who forbids her from the seeing the officer. When a corrupt government agent angers the Native American population, Thursday and York argue over how to react to the uprising. York argues for peace, but instead the racist Lieutenant Colonel Thursday charges into battle against the Natives. York tries to warn his commanding officer that it is a trap, but his words of warning may be too little to sway the hotheaded Thursday from leading his men to slaughter.

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