She Wore A Yellow Ribbon

She Wore A Yellow Ribbon

DVD - 2002
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The story of a U.S. Calvary captain's last days in service on the western frontier in 1876.

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lcranmer
Aug 28, 2017

The second of the "Cavalry Trilogy" (although the third one that I saw). In color. I actually think the cinematography of the other two members of the trilogy, filmed in black and white, was more powerful (Fort Apache and Rio Grande). Set in 1876, the film reflects the views of the time. References to Custer's performance at the Battle of Little Big Horn are made, reverently. More recent scholarship suggests that Custer's performance was less than stellar.
Anyway, still an enjoyable movie. Fascinating to see the contrast between color (which was still relativity new at the time) and B&W. John Ford seems to have been extremely expert at the use of B&W, but apparently color is a different animal. I wonder how Ansel Adams would have done in color photography?
Many of the same cast members as the other movies.
An enjoyable watch for John ford, John Wayne, Monument Valley, old time Western fans.

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msemos
Dec 27, 2015

typical john wayne western. certainly not among his best. nice scenery in monument valley but not much plot or action.

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panda365
Jul 10, 2014

One of Wayne and Ford's best movies. The cinematagraphy was great. Remember was the early days of colour in movies. Enjoyed it immensely and still holds up after more than 50 years!

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May 30, 2014

john ford was overrated

voisjoe1 Mar 17, 2013

John Wayne stars as an older cavalry officer with just a short time left before retirement. The best part of the film probably is the cinematography which won an oscar for films shot in color (much in Monument Valley, Utah. The scene with the wind and sand is shot in a real storm, where the director wanted to keep going and the cinematograper wanted to stop because of the darkness and danger from the lightening. The film now seems a little corny and dated, whereas, many John Ford films still seem fresh even today.

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Monolith
Feb 24, 2013

Agreed, that the plot is somewhat lacking in this one. But I enjoyed it for Ford's affinity for gorgeous Monument Valley cinematography; for the Duke's poignant portrayal of a defiant yet realistic aging soldier; for the comic relief of that solid block of boozing Brit Victor McLaglen (wouldn't even *attempt* a barfight with that bruising hulk)... The storyline wants for more, but the film definitely wasn't totally without merit, either.

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rslade
Dec 21, 2011

Even though it is part of the supposedly famous "Calvary" trio, this is possibly one of the worst John Wayne movies ever made. Lots of riding around in the desert/badlands, to no observable purpose. Also, John Wayne looks funny with a mustache.

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DerekBauer
Sep 09, 2011

A classic but...I found the plot weak and the acting mediocre. Wayne is this film's only saving grace.

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Monolith
Feb 24, 2013

Captain Nathan Brittles: "Never apologize, mister -- it's a sign of weakness."

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Monolith
Feb 24, 2013

Top Sergeant Quincannon (arriving upon a massive herd of buffalo with his troops): "Aye, that's a lotta buffalo. It reminds me of the old days! (grabs the flustered Ms. Abby 'Old Iron Pants' Allshard) Ha, ha, ha! When whiskey was fifty cents a gallon!"

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Monolith
Feb 24, 2013

Top Sergeant Quincannon (about to cross a river): "Can you swim, Dickie me boy?" Dickie (small boy): "No." Top Sergeant Quincannon: "Well, I'm the best swimmer in the world. Once I swam the English Channel... with an anvil on me chest."

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Monolith
Feb 24, 2013

Captain Nathan Brittles: "I was a lad in bluejeans and barefoot when I, left my daddy's farm to join the army... Well Sergeant... I haven't had a drink since... that day. But right now I'm tempted to have one to your retirement." Top Sergeant Quincannon: "No, no, sir. I'll do the honors for ya."

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