In John Ford's sombre exploration the mythology of American heroes, he slowly reveals the character of Owen Thursday, who sees his new posting to the desolate Fort Apache as a chance to claim the military honour which he believes is rightfully his. Arrogant, obsessed with military form and ultimately self-destructive, Thursday attempts to destroy the Apache chief Cochise after luring him across the border from Mexico, against the advice of his subordinates.

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  1. James Warner Bellah


  2. Frank S. Nugent


  3. John Ford


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  1. John Wayne

    John Wayne

    Capt. Kirby York

  2. Henry Fonda

    Henry Fonda

    Lt. Col. Owen Thursday

  3. Shirley Temple

    Shirley Temple

    Philadelphia Thursday

  4. Pedro Armendáriz

    Pedro Armendáriz

    Sgt. Beaufort

  5. Ward Bond

    Ward Bond

    Sgt. Maj. Michael O'Rourke

  6. George O'Brien

    George O'Brien

    Capt. Sam Collingwood

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Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 2h 5m

Budget $2,500,000.00

Revenue $3,000,000.00

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  • March 26, 1948



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