Sergeant Rutledge

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Released 1960

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Director:
John Ford
Released:
1960
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Sergeant Rutledge is a 1960 criminal western film directed by John Ford, which tells the story of an African-American cavalry sergeant who is investigated and court-martialed for a crime he did not commit. When a 9th Cavalry officer and his daughter are found dead in their home, racism and prejudice that exist in the officer ranks result in a wrongful accusation of Sergeant Braxton Rutledge (Woody Strode). He is arrested by his superior officer, Lieutenant Tom Cantrell (Jeffrey Hunter), but manages to escape during an Indian attack that creates chaos among the camp soldiers. Although angry and frustrated about being mistreated and dishonored in such a disgusting way, loyal Sergeant Rutledge returns to his regiment to warn them about an imminent Indian attack and thus is imprisoned again. The only people who are willing to fight for his rights and prove his innocence are his superior officer, Lieutenant Cantrell, and his girlfriend, Mary Beecher (Constance Towers). The Sergeant's chances of avoiding a sentence are slim, but his defense team is determined to fight for his honor.moreless
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    Classics, Westerns, Legal, Crime, 60s