War Arrow

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"Indian tomahawk and cavalry saber fighting side-by-side for the glory of the West!"
  • NR
  • 1953
  • 1 hr 18 min
  • 5.9  (916)

War Arrow is a 1953 western film directed by George Sherman and starring Maureen O'Hara, Jeff Chandler, and John McIntire. The film takes place in the American West during the 1860s, as tensions between the US Army and the indigenous tribes continue to grow. Colonel John Hudson (Jeff Chandler) is assigned to a mission to train a team of Seminole warriors to fight against the Apache in Arizona. However, the Seminole are unhappy about being forced to fight against another tribe and they are also distrustful of the white man's intentions.

The film begins with the arrival of Colonel Hudson, who is greeted by the local U.S. Marshal, Ben Lacey (John McIntire). Hudson meets the Seminole leader, Aguila (Jay Silverheels), who is initially hesitant to collaborate with the US Army. However, Hudson manages to convince Aguila that his plan will help them to defeat their mutual enemy, the Apache, who have been attacking their own tribe. As the training of the Seminole progresses, Hudson falls in love with the beautiful and headstrong Ellen Whitcomb (Maureen O'Hara), who is Lacey's niece.

As tensions between the Seminole and the US Army continue to rise, Aguila's son, Tana (Charles Drake), plots to take revenge on Hudson, who he blames for the death of his brother during a raid. Meanwhile, Ellen becomes embroiled in the conflict when she saves the life of a wounded Seminole warrior and becomes close friends with his wife. Ellen begins to understand the Seminole's point of view and becomes determined to help them.

As the conflict between the US Army and the Seminole comes to a head, Hudson and Ellen must decide which side they are on. The film culminates in a thrilling battle sequence, where the Seminole use their unique fighting tactics and superior knowledge of the terrain to take on the Apache. The battle is intense and well-choreographed, capturing the brutality of war while still retaining a sense of honor and respect for both sides.

Overall, War Arrow is a classic western film that explores the complex relationships between Native American tribes and white settlers in the American West. The performances of the lead actors are strong, especially Maureen O'Hara, who brings both strength and vulnerability to her role as the independent-minded Ellen. Jeff Chandler also delivers a solid performance as the conflicted Colonel Hudson, torn between his duty to the US Army and his growing sympathy for the Seminole. The film's themes of prejudice, understanding, and redemption still resonate today, making War Arrow a timeless classic of the western genre.

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    1 hr 18 min
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    5.9  (916)