Sergeant Rutledge

Sergeant Rutledge
Sergeant Rutledge
  • UR
  • 1h 51m
  • 1960
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In 1866, new fighting units are formed within the U.S. Cavalry: the courageous 9th and 10th regiments. Plains Indians call them Buffalo Soldiers because of the bison coats they wear in winter. History, judging from the regiments' list of Medal of Honor winners, calls them heroes. Against this backdrop, legendary director John Ford crafts the story of Sergeant Rutledge (Woody Strode), a 9th Cavalry officer on trial for rape and murder. Lt. Cantrell (Jeffrey Hunter) defends Rutledge as witnesses give testimony (relived in flashbacks) revealing the sergeant's gallantry – and the shocking truth behind the alleged crimes. Ford, who attacked racism in The Searchers, explores similar territory in this landmark Western, the power of which still rings out with uncommon force decades later.
© 1960 A Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Classic Film and Television
Michael E. Grost

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

June 22, 2017
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Dennis Schwartz

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

June 22, 2017
Combustible Celluloid
Jeffrey M. Anderson

An astonishing film not only for its sheer visual and narrative excellence but also for its early...

June 21, 2017
Boulder Weekly
Thomas Delapa

June 21, 2017
Emanuel Levy

June 21, 2017
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:May 20, 1960
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
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