Escape from Fort Bravo

1953

Action / Western

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IMDb Rating 6.7 10 2522

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Eleanor Parker as Carla Forester
William Holden as Capt. Roper
Howard McNear as Watson
Richard Anderson as Lt. Beecher
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English 2.0
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1 hr 38 min
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1 hr 38 min
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Reviewed by jpdoherty 7 / 10

Classic Western

A movie that is somewhat underrated and unintentionally overlooked in "favourite westerns" discussions ESCAPE FROM FORT BRAVO is nevertheless an excellent and true classic western! Produced by MGM in 1953 it was richly photographed in Ansco color by the great Robert Surtees and sparkingly written by Frank Fenton along with the uncredited Michael Pate. Skillfully directed by John Sturges this was his first great success with the western genre. Set in a remote Union outpost for captured confederate prisoners during the Civil War, Sturges set out to give the story an authentic look so he filmed in the stunning locations of Death Valley and in and around the New Mexico Badlands. In a 1970 interview the director said he greatly regretted that he never got to make the picture in Cinemascope as he had planned. He had missed the full development of the process by just a few weeks. The first Cinemascope movie "The Robe" was released by Fox at the same time.

William Holden, in one of his best parts, plays union Captain Roper a formidable hard-bitten taskmaster over the prisoners. Nobody escapes from Bravo! If they do Roper finds them and brings them back! The opening of the film has him doing just that as he drags escapee (John Lupton) back to the fort on foot and on the end of a rope to the chagrin of the other prisoners. Even Bravo's commanding officer (Carl Benton Reid) thinks he is too harsh ("Roper when I see you work at soldiering - I'm glad we're in the same army"). On a visit to the Fort for a wedding is the lovely Carla Forester (Eleanor Parker) whose real business is to arrange for the escape of her confederate officer lover (John Forsyth) and three of his men while at the same time ensuring Captain Roper falls for her charms, little suspecting that she herself would fall in love with him. Eventually they do make good their escape and the remainder of the picture has Roper and his troop in hot pursuit after them through dangerous Mescalero Apache territory culminating in a a very exciting sequence towards the end of the picture - when after a terrific chase by the Apaches - captor and captured are pinned down by the indians in a desert gully. Now together Union and confederate unite in a last ditch stand against a common enemy!

Adding greatly to the proceedings is a terrific score by the almost forgotten composer Jeff Alexander. This is the best thing this composer has ever done especially the beautiful ballad he wrote "Soothe My Lonely Heart" which is sung in the picture by Stan Jones. Jones himself wrote the rousing Cavalry song heard over the opening and closing credits.

A wonderful exciting movie that every fan will want in their collection now that it's available on DVD. Good one Sturges!!

Classic line from "Escape From Fort Bravo"........ As the young confederate serviceman (William Cambell) says impatiently to veteran (William Demarest)............. "How did a decrepit old man like you ever get in the war?". Prompting the retort from Demarest "Cause all the smart young men like you was losin' it".

Reviewed by Nazi_Fighter_David 8 / 10

Grey against Blue and Indians against everybody!

William Holden is Captain Roper, a strict commanding officer in charge of a large group of Confederate prisoners in a dry heat stockade at Fort Bravo, Arizona, in 1863...

He is disliked by his captors as well by his captives because of his displeasing behavior toward the escapees whom he invariably recaptures... A main example, dragging back to the fort John Lupton with a rope around his waist...

To Fort Bravo arrived, one morning, the talented, and beautiful Eleanor Parker (Carla) apparently for the wedding of a friend (Polly Bergen)... In fact she is scheming the escape of a rebel, Captain John Forsythe...

Carla - a confederate agent - knows how to charm and handle beautifully Holden in her sojourn in the fort... Holden is the only danger to her plan, as he is the man who finds everybody...

One night, she escapes in a horse-drawn cart with three men, and a coward storekeeper, her Confederate ally... A deceived Holden receives with shock the striking notice that Carla, the woman he loves, is the one who planned the escape... He sets out in their pursuit, ignoring that outside, and around him, in the wilderness, common enemy is watching, the deadly Mescalero Indians...

Holden is stern, enigmatic and firm as the brusque young officer, who keeps the restless prisoners in Fort Bravo while trying to keep out marauding Indians... However Holden is an ideal human officer with integrity beneath his inflexible rules that discipline is fundamental in and around Fort Bravo...

The film carries cautiously, continuous tense action sequences as it incorporates into the exciting climax... The state of expectation and the quality of hopefulness are extremely controlled... The cast gives force and pressure to the nature of the drama keeping the actions spontaneous... The dynamic climactic redskin ambush, with brutal arrow-artillery, express great tension... The rain of the Indians arrows is vigorously presented by John Sturges who directed many fine Westerns like "Backlash," "Gunfight at the O.K. Corral," and "The Law and Jake Wade."

"Escape from Fort Bravo" is a great Western and a good suspense drama with a sweet romance and spectacular action... The scenery is overwhelming: the jagged rocks, the dirt and the sage as well as the play of light and shade, all fulfilling, in Technicolor, one purpose, Grey against Blue and Indians against everybody...

Reviewed by abcj-2 8 / 10

A female's perspective

I don't know if many females watch westerns, especially those that are not on the main radar of well-known westerns like those by John Ford. As a horse lover who grew up riding either western or bareback on my grandparents' farm, I've always had an affinity for western films. Sometimes I'm in the mood for a good western, so that is how I came to watch Escape from Fort Bravo (1953).

I chose this film in particular because I like to see William Holden when he was just hitting his stardom, and before his alcohol abuse had aged him prematurely and affected his magnetism. I also enjoy Eleanor Parker. Although her career never reached the peak of Holden's, she is a fine actress that always improves a film. It also has a strong supporting cast of familiar actors who had enduring careers on American television.

The story has been described in many of the reviews already. My only addition is that the romantic elements aid this film to that of "A" western status. The romance ensures that Holden's vulnerability is truly exposed. Who would have guessed that this type of man would not only have a green thumb but also fall so deeply in love? That he would have a yearning for something bigger, something more in his life than being a power hungry soldier. If he was just the cruel, by-the-book captain, there would be no reason to care whether he survives the onslaught of the Indians. It would just be another North against the South picture with an unfeeling Union captain who one might hope would get caught in the crossfire of the attack.

The costuming, location setting, and glorious color all support the romantic elements as well. The female costuming was beautiful and women of any status would have dressed well even if it was impractical for the desert. Women still dress impractically in most cultures today. Also, other than one breakdown as doom sets in, Parker was given few lines during the climactic gunfight and never begged to be taken away or distract Holden from his command. I think Sturges used Parker's character well, but he didn't let her get in the way of the main draw which was the action and adventure.

I probably would have given up on the film if Holden had stayed in a perpetual bad mood and continued to incite the prisoners and even his fellow soldiers with his barbaric methods for wrangling in escapees. The romantic elements made him a character to care about with the dilemma around Holden and Parker adding to the suspense. The romance gives the film a bit of an epic feel and not just that of a western. I get the feeling that this was intentional and not just a byproduct of a sidebar romantic plot device. All of these things, including the score and the melancholy song sung by the rebel soldier, take this film up a notch and ensure its "A" western status.

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