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She Wore a Yellow Ribbon

Released Oct 22, 1949 1h 44m Western Adventure List
92% Tomatometer 24 Reviews 79% Audience Score 5,000+ Ratings The last job of Calvary Captain Nathan Brittles (John Wayne) before retirement is to soothe relations with the Cheyenne and Arapaho Indians after Custer's last stand. At the same time, he must transport the wife (Mildred Natwick) and niece (Joanne Dru) of his commanding officer to a safe destination. After both his missions stall, Brittles attempts a face-to-face meeting with an important Native American chief in order to stave off an impending war. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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Milton Shulman London Evening Standard It seems a pity then that with all this taking place in rich, luscious Technicolor, Ford felt it necessary to slow up these healthy activities with over-long intervals of adolescent love-making and tedious sentiment. Nov 24, 2021 Full Review Variety Staff Variety A western meller done in the best John Ford manner. Nov 10, 2008 Full Review Derek Adams Time Out A film of both elegiac sentiment and occasionally over-eloquent sentimentality. Feb 9, 2006 Full Review C.A. Lejeune Observer (UK) She Wore a Yellow Ribbon is one of the most rousing films I have seen for years. It is also not without subtlety. Nov 30, 2021 Full Review Dudley Early Austin American-Statesman In She Wore a Yellow Ribbon [John Wayne] is nothing short of superb. It is a performance that should, in all right, be a challenger for the Academy award. Jun 23, 2020 Full Review Nathanael Hood The Young Folks The film boasts one of Ford's more uncommon storylines and some of his boldest uses of color cinematography. Rated: 6/10 Dec 29, 2018 Full Review Read all reviews

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Alec B Its often too overtly sentimental but it still has those quiet moments where Ford's imagery more effectively communicates emotions and meaning. Also this is one of the best uses of John Wayne. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/20/24 Full Review Steve D Only Wayne fans need apply. Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 01/04/24 Full Review Leaburn O Fairly anti climactic tale of a sergeant on his final patrol before retiring. Wayne is playing a pretty straight up old timer Wild West hero and there's a girl wearing a yellow ribbon as a sign of her affection for one member of the cavalry. You'd think there'd be a lot more to the film but actually that synopsis is effectively a spoiler. Some lovely shots of the desert are the only redeeming feature. A pretty poor western with a strangely good reputation. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 08/02/23 Full Review Red T This is a Ford & Wayne Classic but it does have problems. The acting is solid with Wayne being a very good standout but the supporting cast while good doesn't really stand out that much except for Bond and he's not even in much of the movie. Everyone just sort of blends in and I can't tell much difference between Johnson, Carey and the like. They still are well acted but don't really stand out. And Dru doesn't really add much and isn't bad but shes the weakest thing here and feels unneeded. The music is excellent and is the best thing in this and is really catchy and memorable. The cinematography is really good and has epic sweeping shots that pop and are super memorable. The only issue is during the night scenes scattered throughout including the big horse climax stampede it's so dark you can't really see what is happening too well sometimes not at all. The action scenes though are amazing to look at. The editing and pacing are solid but this has two main issues. First the story of the calvary journey isn't as tight as other Western journeys like Red River or Stagecoach. It feels like things just happen at times like they get attacked, than they go around, than they meet others and it never really builds on each other. Although they are well shot, well acted, and have great music scenes to boot. The other is the romance between Dru and the others feels out of place and sort of hammed in. Not as bad as say Tess in Red River but it doesn't really add much. The scene where Ward Bond goes on a drunken fight for 7 minutes felt completely out of place also, too slap sticky, and didn't add anything. I was very confused why that was in there. Everything is still solidly put together though. Anyone who is a fan of Ford, any actors in this, or classic westerns will like this. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 07/03/23 Full Review Russ The Duke and John Ford return to Monument Valley a decade after Stagecoach, with a 42 year old Wayne no longer "The Kid" but a cavalry officer on the eve of retirement, courtesy of the makeup department. Ford's hand-picked Technicolor wizard of a cinematographer works his magic with the panoramic vistas offered by the location and a lighting director does likewise on the sound stage shots, but unlike 1939's film there's little character development and no Thomas Mitchell or John Carradine to bring a script to life. Of course the post-war American audience is given no reason to think that the assorted tribal nations have any legitimate basis for opposing the US Cavalry or the white settlers taking possession of their ancestral territory. There's a muddled love triangle thrown in to justify the film's title. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review j f Origin of Erratic Joe's "dog-faced pony soldier." Though he flubbed the line. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/24/24 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis The last job of Calvary Captain Nathan Brittles (John Wayne) before retirement is to soothe relations with the Cheyenne and Arapaho Indians after Custer's last stand. At the same time, he must transport the wife (Mildred Natwick) and niece (Joanne Dru) of his commanding officer to a safe destination. After both his missions stall, Brittles attempts a face-to-face meeting with an important Native American chief in order to stave off an impending war.
Director
John Ford
Screenwriter
James Warner Bellah, Frank S. Nugent, Laurence Stallings
Distributor
Turner Home Video, RKO Radio Pictures, Image Entertainment Inc., Warner Home Vídeo
Production Co
RKO Radio Pictures Inc., Argosy Pictures
Genre
Western, Adventure
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Oct 22, 1949, Wide
Release Date (Streaming)
Feb 27, 2012
Runtime
1h 44m
Sound Mix
Mono
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