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The second installment of John Ford's famous cavalry trilogy (which also includesFort ApacheandRio Grande), this meditative Western continues the director's fascination with history's obliteration of the past. It features one of John Wayne's more sensitive performances as Capt. Nathan Brittles, a stern yet sentimental war horse who has difficulty preparing for his impending military retirement. All things considered, he refuses to leave before fulfilling his obligation to the local Indian tribe. It's a film about honor and duty as well as loneliness and mortality. And Oscar-winner Winton C. Hoch beautifully photographs it in Remington-like Technicolor tones (you've never seen such stunning cloud-covered skies). The combination of melancholy and farce (Victor McLaglen makes a perfect court jester) evokes comparisons to Shakespeare. Best of all, the scene in which Wayne fights back tears when receiving a gold watch from his troops is unforgettably bittersweet. If you view the whole trilogy, it actually makes sense to save this for last.--Bill Desowitz
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CastJohn Wayne, Ben Johnson, John Agar, Joanne Dru, Harry Carey Jr.
DirectorJohn Ford
Genre:  War, Classics, Western
Screen WriterJames Warner Bellah, Frank S. Nugent, Laurence Stallings
DVD Release Date:  June 4, 2002
Runtime:  103 minutes
Studio:  Turner Home Ent
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review by . August 21, 2010
How to mentor subordinates for increasing leadership responsibility
John Ford's 1949 film "She Wore A Yellow Ribbon" is one of the best movies at depicting how a good leader mentors his subordinates preparing them for leadership roles and increasing responsibility. Captain Nathan Brittles (John Wayne), a Civil War hero on the eve of retirement during the Indian Wars of the 1870's, takes out a last patrol to stop an impending massive Indian attack. Besides having to develop Lt. Flint Cohill, (John Agar) and the "wet behind the ears" 2nd …
review by . August 06, 2003
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For whatever reasons, Wayne's performances in westerns tend to be of a higher quality than in his other films and that is especially true of his work in this film, based on two of James Warner Bellah's short stories. Wayne portrays Captain Nathan Brittles who is about to retire. As the last day of his command approaches, Brittles must meanwhile cope with an Apache uprising which even his longtime friend Chief Pony That Walks (Chief John Big Tree) cannot prevent. One sub plot involves two young lieutenants …
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