Broken Arrow

Synopsis: By 1870, there has been 10 years of cruel war between settlers and Cochise's Apaches. Ex-soldier Tom Jeffords saves the life of an Apache boy and starts to wonder if Indians are human, after all; soon, he determines to use this chance to make himself an ambassador. Against all odds, his solitary mission into Cochise's stronghold opens a dialogue. Opportunely, the president sends General Howard with orders to conclude peace. But even with Jeffords's luck, the deep grievance and hatred on both sides make tragic failure all too likely.
Director(s): Delmer Daves
Production: Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
  Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
93 min

I learned things that day.

Apache mothers cried

about their sons.

Apache men had a sense

of fair play.

Ambush! Run!

Two men were killed, and for

the three wounded it was worse.

But this was war, and it was

cruelty in both sides.

On one of the men

they found a pouch...

...which held three Apache scalps.

So they dug a pit and they rubbed

his face with sweet juice...

...and made me watch the ants come.

Learn it...

...learn it well, this is Apache land.

You have no right here.

Where Cochise lives,

no white man can live.

Take your weapons. Go!

Let your face not be seen again!

Howdy, gents.

Hi, Tom.

- Find yourself a gold mine?

- No.

Howdy, Terry.

Just coffee for me.

- We have smoked turkey today.

- No, just coffee, thanks.

Wipe them all out...

...but cheer them.

- Jeffords?

- Yes, sir.

I'm Colonel Bernall.

You received my message?

That's why I came.

What's on you mind?

I'm the new chief at Fort Grand.


My orders are to clean out

Cochise and his Apaches.

A big order, sir.

Wipe them all out.

Butcher them like hogs, I say... hogs.

This man was in a party of miners...

...ambushed yesterday by Apaches.

Where was the ambush?

Just south of here.

They wounded Cochise

and killed 12 Apaches out of 50.

There weren't 50 only 5,

and not a one scratched.

How do you know, Jeffords?

I watched it.

Watched it? Seems to me most

men would have lent a hand.

I was tied.

The Apaches got me earlier.

You fought your way out?

They let me go.

I never heard of a thing like that

happening to a white man.

- Did you, John?

- No.

- Did you, Milt?

- No.

I ran across a

wounded Chiricahua boy.

I healed him up. They thought

they owed me something.

- Apaches playing fair?

- Yes.

I don't understand.

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Albert Maltz

Albert Maltz was an American playwright, fiction writer and screenwriter. He was one of the Hollywood Ten who were jailed in 1950 for their 1947 refusal to testify before the US Congress about their involvement with the Communist Party USA. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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