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Sergeant Rutledge (1960)

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John Ford directed this distinguished movie, the first mainstream western to feature an African-American hero. The tale opens as 9th-Cavalry Sergeant Rutledge is tried for raping his commanding officer's daughter and then killing the CO. His tale is then told in flashback. The story is an interesting examination of subtle racism and it is also a tribute to the courageous black men who rode in the 9th Cavalry.

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Cast

Woody Strode
as Sgt. Braxton Rutledge
Jeffrey Hunter
as Lt. Tom Cantrell
Constance Towers
as Mary Beecher
Billie Burke
as Mrs. Cordelia Fosgate
Juano Hernandez
as Sgt. Matthew Luke Skidmore
Willis Bouchey
as Col. Otis Fosgate
Carleton Young
as Capt. Shattuck
Judson Pratt
as Lt. Mulqueen
Bill Henry
as Capt. Dwyer
William Henry
as Capt. Dwyer
Walter Reed
as Capt. MacAfee
Chuck Hayward
as Capt. Dickinson
Mae Marsh
as Nellie
Fred Libby
as Chandler Hubble
Charles Seel
as Dr. C.J. Eckner
Toby Richards
as Lucy Dabney
Jan Styne
as Chris Hubble
Cliff Lyons
as Sam Beecher
Jack Pennick
as Sergeant
Estelle Winwood
as Spectator
Eva Novak
as Spectator
Shug Fisher
as Mr. Owens
Jan Stine
as Chris Hubble
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Critic Reviews for Sergeant Rutledge

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (1)

All in all, Ford has once more turned in a gripping, adult Western with a fine modern twist.

September 22, 2021 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Sergeant Rutledge probably is the best film ever made by Hollywood dealing with a Negro personality in the key role and dealing with what are the ugliest aspects of crime across the color line.

December 2, 2020 | Full Review…

Woody Strode should be nominated for an award for his sensitive portrayal of Sgt. Rutledge.

December 6, 2019 | Full Review…

The once-great director John Ford resumes his love affair with the bygone U. S. Cavalry in this long and corny court-martial drama.

October 15, 2019 | Full Review…

Extraordinary Western works at all levels, as rousing story telling, visual beauty and Civil Rights drama.

April 1, 2013 | Full Review…

Noted as the first major Hollywood western to feature an African-American hero.

September 21, 2010 | Rating: B | Full Review…

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