|John Wayne, Henry Fonda, Shirley Temple, Pedro Armendariz, Ward Bond|
|Black and White|
“Fort Apache” features an all-star cast – John Wayne, Henry Fonda, Ward Bond and Shirley Temple.
Lt. Colonel Owen Thursday (Henry Fonda) is not happy that he has been sent to command a distant fort in the west. He was a General in the Civil War who was demoted to Lt. Colonel and then shipped to the distant “Fort Apache” as commander.
Accompanied by his daughter Philadelphia (Shirley Temple), the colonel is determined to make the best of the situation and hopes for an opportunity to do something great. His great desire is to earn back his general stripes.
However, Owen’s strict, by-the-book leadership style alienates the soldiers under his command who don’t like his methods, but serve him because of their duty and honor. The men have a greater respect for the second-in-command, Captain Kirby York (John Wayne) who tries to offer the new colonel helpful advice, but is rebuffed.
When the Colonel’s daughter, Philadelphia, shows an interest in a young 2nd Lieutenant named Michael O’Rourke (John Agar), Owen disapproves of the possible relationship. Using his rank, he strictly forbids the young Lt. O’Rourke from seeing his daughter. Word spreads about this, making people at the fort dislike the Colonel even more.
The entire situation reaches a boiling point, when Native American Cochise and his tribe decide to defy the Colonel and leave the reservation for good.
A confrontation seems to be inevitable.
Lt. Colonel Owen Thursday (Henry Fonda) is not happy about being sent to the remote location of Fort Apache. He arrives with his daughter, Philadelphia (Shirley Temple), with the intention of running the military outpost with a forceful hand. Captain Kirby York (John Wayne) tries to offer helpful advice to the Lt. Colonel, but it is rebuffed. Trouble is brewing with the Native Americans and the Lt.’s methods appear to be making matters worse.
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It also contains special features that you will not find on the regular DVD like audio commentary of the western and a feature about director John Ford and his love of using Monument Valley for his westerns.
This special-release DVD Collection from Turner Classic Movies has 4 John Wayne western movies. All of these westerns are John Wayne classics. The following western movies are in this set: • Fort Apache • The Searchers • Rio Bravo • The Cowboys
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