Western | English | 93 minutes
“BROKEN ARROW is a landmark film produced by a courageous studio that was one of the first to sympathetically depict the plight of the American Indian. The momentum was halted temporarily as the McCarthy era began and actors and directors who had Communist ties years ago were blacklisted. Oscar-nominee and blacklisted screenwriter Albert Maltz had to use the pseudonym Michael Blankfort in order to work on the film.
Why Stream This Film?
- Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 89%
- Academy Awards: Nominated, Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Jeff Chandler); Best Screenplay (Albert Maltz); Best Cinematography (Ernest Palmer)
- Golden Globes: Winner. Best Film Promoting International Understanding
- Writers Guild ofAmerica: Winner, Best Written American Western (Albert Maltz)
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Arizona is the background for this beautifully photographed story dealing with a conflict with Apaches in the 1870s. This superb western is one of the earliest to treat the problems of Indians seriously and sympathetically.
Those who prefer to get their history from movies should know that BROKEN ARROW carries, among other things, the honor of being a Hollywood film that gets its central facts right. Under the direction of Delmer Daves, James Stewart is note-perfect as Jeffords, his raw earnestness plowing right over any possible condescension towards the audience and the Indians.
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