JAMES STEWART: Broken Arrow (Western Movie, Full Length, Classic Film, English) watchfree cowboyfilm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rtXiAKmDp0E – Full Western Movie (1950): Broken Arrow (original title). Tom Jeffords tries to make peace between settlers and Apaches in Arizona territory.

Runtime 1h 33 min., Drama, Romance, Western.
Cast: James Stewart, Jeff Chandler, Debra Paget
Director: Delmer Daves
Writers: Elliott Arnold (novel), Albert Maltz (screenplay)

Broken Arrow is a western Technicolor film released in 1950. It was directed by Delmer Daves and starred James Stewart as Tom Jeffords and Jeff Chandler as Cochise. The film is based on these historical figures but fictionalizes their story in dramatized form. It was nominated for three Academy Awards, and won a Golden Globe award for Best Film Promoting International Understanding. Film historians have said that the movie was one of the first major Westerns since the Second World War to portray the Indians sympathetically.

Description: 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. [ IMDb ]

PLOT (Wikipedia): Tom Jeffords comes across a wounded, 14-year-old Apache boy dying from buckshot wounds in his back. Jeffords gives the boy water and heals his wounds. The boy’s tribesmen appear and are at first hostile but decide to let Jeffords go free. However, when a group of gold prospectors approaches, the Apache gag Jeffords and tie him to a tree. Helpless, he watches as they attack the prospectors and torture the survivors. The warriors then let him go but warn him not to enter Apache territory again.

When Jeffords returns to Tucson, he encounters a prospector who escaped the ambush. He corrects a man’s exaggerated account of the attack, but Ben Slade is incredulous and does not see why Jeffords did not kill the Apache boy. Instead, Jeffords learns the Apache language and customs and plans to go to Cochise’s stronghold on behalf of his friend, Milt, who is in charge of the mail service in Tucson. Jeffords enters the Apache stronghold and begins a parley with Cochise, who agrees to let the couriers through. Jeffords meets a young Apache girl, Sonseeahray, and falls in love.

A few of Cochise’s warriors attack an army wagon train and kill the survivors. The townsfolk nearly lynch Jeffords as a traitor before he is saved by General Oliver Otis Howard who recruits Jeffords to negotiate peace with Cochise. Howard, the “Christian General” condemns racism, saying that the Bible “says nothing about pigmentation of the skin”. Jeffords makes a peace treaty with Cochise, but a group led by Geronimo, oppose the treaty and leave the stronghold. When these renegades ambush a stagecoach, Jeffords rides off to seek help from Cochise and the stagecoach is saved.

Jeffords and Sonseeahray marry in an Apache ceremony and have several days of tranquility. Later, Ben Slade’s son spins a story to Jeffords and Cochise about two of his horses stolen by Cochise’s people. Cochise says that his people did not take them and doubts his story, as he knows the boy’s father is an Apache hater. They then decide to go along with the boy up the canyon but are ambushed by the boy’s father and a gang of men from Tucson. Jeffords is badly wounded and Sonseeahray is killed but Cochise kills most of the men, including Ben Slade. Cochise forbids Jeffords to retaliate, saying that the ambush was not done by the military and that Geronimo broke the peace no less than Slade and his men, and that peace must be maintained. Jeffords rides off with the belief that “the death of Sonseeahray had put a seal upon the peace, and from that day on wherever I went, in the cities, among the Apaches and in the mountains, I always remembered, my wife was with me”.

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46 Replies to “JAMES STEWART: Broken Arrow (Western Movie, Full Length, Classic Film, English) watchfree cowboyfilm”

  1. I liked the movie for the most part. But as we all know, the government broke every treaty ever made with the indians. To bad Hollywood didn't tell the truth in the films made back then.

  2. I like the movie and the actors, what I find disgusting is how they describe the whites As Americans! As a conservative American Proud of a lot of its heritage I find it disgusting that we don't understand and we don't recognize that the whites completely destroyed and took a land from a people. Then when there was peace agreements it was the whites that always renege on the agreements, the Dakota Lance or a prime example. President Grant is a scumbag and should we be remembered for that as he lied to the Sioux Nation because gold have been discovered! The American Native Indian has suffered far greater than the African-American and yet we think the African-American deserves billions of dollars in compensation! Let someone take your house, your land, your cars, everything you own and then maybe then you'll understand what the American Native Indian has been through!

  3. I believe this is the only western that I saw Jimmy Stewart star in where he did not ride his beautiful trusty sorrel horse. This is the only western in which I saw Stewart ride an appaloosa. John Wayne rode several appaloosa horses in his westerns, one of them was even named "Cochise" in the movie "El Dorado", but this is the only time I saw Stewart ride an appaloosa. All of Stewart's horses in his westerns were very beautiful, well trained horses with great conformation.

  4. Jimmy should have put that fire out before leaving for his parley with Cochise. Very poor form, every Boy Scout of the day would have recognized that as a mistake.

  5. 'Now your blood mixes. Now for you there is no rain, for one is sheltered to the other. Now for you there is no cold. For one is warmth to the other. Now there is no loneliness. Now, forever, there is no loneliness. There are two bodies, but now there is but one blood in both of them. Go now. Ride the white horses to your secret place.' That is just SO beautiful it made me cry. I wish, every day of my life, that I had a wife.

  6. Mr Stewart taught many honor and respect when no one else was a witness and when other had their eyes on them with kindness or hate. All thru movies as other Hollywood movies of those days. Those days of Hollywood are replaced with hate and anti-american agendas. So are the public school teaching all whites as evil and the country founding fathers. No respect for unknown thousands of white men who died and families dead to stop slavery. Now Hollywood and media condemned whites for profits also fame earned by unfounded hate of million who have love for all good people.

  7. This movie produces precious love that only Indians that integrate and mix with white people and white people that have been talked to understand the Indians very good and sound

  8. I wonder why this masterpiece did not get Academy award? Direction, acting, visuals everything is perfect. I wish the girl would not have been died.

  9. Excellent historical-based film, with Jimmy playing the typical Jimmy Stewart role of the honest, dreamy, straight-talking family man. I see no mention in the Wikipedia story of Sonseeahray and his marrying her, but the rest of the war and peace story seems to have stuck pretty close to the facts.

  10. 150 years later and we're still stealing Apache land. Now it's a sacred Apache spot call Oak Flat. Beautiful country that they want to turn into a desert for the copper under it. The more things change, the more they stay the same.

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