FORT APACHE is the superb first film of director John Ford's US Cavalry trilogy. The awesome exterior scenes reflect Ford's early training as a painter and provide a remarkable backdrop for the irony which unfolds.
Lt. Col. Owen Thursday (Fonda) is a martinet commander bitter over having been sent to fight "digger" Indians instead of being assigned a glory post. He foolishly leads his men to disaster, but the press later presents him as a hero for the sake of the military's image.
FORT APACHE is rich beyond its wonderful action scenes and the outdoor panoramas so dear to Ford's heart. The film expertly depicts the social affairs of a far-flung military outpos...