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She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (John Wayne) [DVD]

John Wayne , Joanne Dru , John Ford    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: John Wayne, Joanne Dru, John Agar, Victor McLaglen, Ben Johnson
  • Directors: John Ford
  • Producers: John Ford, Merian C. Cooper
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: None
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: None
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Universal Pictures Video
  • DVD Release Date: 5 Jun 2006
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,081 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



The second installment of John Ford's famous cavalry trilogy (which also includes Fort Apache and Rio Grande), this meditative Western continues the director's fascination with history's obliteration of the past. It features one of John Wayne's more sensitive performances as Capt. Nathan Brittles, a stern yet sentimental war horse who has difficulty preparing for his impending military retirement. All things considered, he refuses to leave before fulfilling his obligation to the local Indian tribe. It's a film about honor and duty as well as loneliness and mortality. And Oscar-winner Winton C. Hoch beautifully photographs it in Remington-like Technicolor tones (you've never seen such stunning cloud-covered skies). The combination of melancholy and farce (Victor McLaglen makes a perfect court jester) evokes comparisons to Shakespeare. Best of all, the scene in which Wayne fights back tears when receiving a gold watch from his troops is unforgettably bittersweet. If you view the whole trilogy, it actually makes sense to save this for last. --Bill Desowitz

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Dutiful cavalry officer Nathan Brittles (John Wayne) is reluctant to retire in the face of an imminent Native American uprising. His last official task is to escort the commander's wife and her niece to the Sudrow's Wells stagecoach stop, but it proves to be a journey fraught with danger. This film forms the second part of John Ford's cavalry trilogy - 'Fort Apache' and 'Rio Grande' appear either side.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars great film, muddy print 1 July 2009
I've seen this film several times on the big screen in Ford retrospectives and the "Remington style" of the photography is awesomely beautiful. But this Turner reconstruction is a muddy print that badly serves the original -- hence only 3 stars. How come a minor Ford/Wayne collaboration 3 Godfathers is available in a superb DVD version and this film and The Quiet Man (both cinematography Oscar winners) are only available in poor prints?
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars one for the ages 4 May 2007
John Ford can be taken to task for his sentimentalization of male violence (usually involving Victor McLaglen thumping people), and for his representation of native Americans (forever the "Other"), but he also abides as one of cinema's greatest visual poets - a master of deep composition, and of kinetic marvels - has anyone ever filmed horses at full gallop so wonderfully well? Only Kurosawa, Ford's sole rival in portraying lyrical action. This film is full of beauty and excitment and has some stirring music too; the use of a voice-over dates it a little, and it doesn't quite have a clean finish, but the visuals are awesome, and John Wayne is superb. If you love cinema, you'll surely love this.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great classic western. 21 Nov 2001
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Centring on the events surrounding the retirement of Captain Nathan Brittles (John Wayne).Within the fort the vaeious relationships provide A perfect balance of quiet drama and light hearted humour. Rebellious Indians outside the fort give worthwhile action drama. Add to this the spectacular scenery of Monument Valley and you could not ask for more. First released in 1949 is proof of it's durability as a classic.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
SHE WORE A YELLOW RIBBON (1949) is the second of what has become known as John Ford's Cavalry Trilogy and it is outstanding, sat either side of it are FORT APACHE (1948) and RIO GRANDE (1950) It seems rather unfair to judge any of these in isolation, but rather they should be viewed as a body of work that has no equal! That said this is the only one of the trilogy to be filmed in colour for which Winton Hoch received a richly deserved Oscar. And nominations for best script to Frank S Nugent and Laurence Stallings from a story by James Warner Bellah.

John Ford said on seeing Wayne in Howard Hawks RED RIVER (1948) "I didn't know the SOB (Wayne) could act." After the completion of SHE WORE A YELLOW RIBBON there should have been no doubt to anyone. Wayne plays Captain Nathan Brittles (a man some twenty-odd years older than himself) who is about to retire but just has one more job to do! John Wayne gave a powerful performance and deserved an Oscar for best actor - But it would take him another twenty years to win that honour, this time playing his age, as the feisty old one-eyed marshal, Rooster Cogburn in TRUE GRIT (1968), directed by Henry Hathaway.

As usual Ford gathered about him many of his favourite players not least Victor McLagen who had previously done some fine work together here he plays the bull nosed Irish Top-Sergeant Quincannon, very similar to the parts he played under a different name in the rest of the trilogy other regulars include Mildred Natwick and former horse wrangler and stunt man Ben Johnson who played Sgt Tyree. He also played the same character in RIO GRANDE. I've found it fascinating over the years trying to spot the various stories and characters that bind this loose trilogy together. One final observation the narration by Irving Pichel now seems rather dated, but nevertheless a truly Great Western.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wayne matures as the theme befits the role. 15 Oct 2011
By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER
The second instalment of the acclaimed John Ford cavalry trilogy had a lot to live up to me personally based on my joy with Fort Apache. So it is with a little sadness that I write that this film failed to live up to the promise of Apache as regards a pulsing heartbeat, but that said, there's still so much to enjoy here; and I still find myself grinning in the way that only good cinema can make me.

The theme here is the passing of time, time and love lost, lest we forget indeed, these themes give the film a good core to work from, but as good as an affecting character piece as this is, you still scratch around for something to lift your adrenalin juices out of first gear. And while it doesn't happen exactly, anyone being forewarned about the nature of the beast will be richly rewarded regardless.

John Wayne gives a top notch performance in what is obviously one of the first out and out serious roles that Ford gave him. His ageing Captain Nathan Brittles requires him to put in a very human fallible performance, something that he achieves in spades; a believable leader ruing the calling of time on his career in the service. Yet even Wayne's affecting turn is trumped by some of the the most gorgeous cinematography you could wish to see from the 1940s. Winton Hoch clashed with Ford on the shoot about various perfections {both parties equally to blame of course}, but the final result is incredible, witness a scene as Brittles visits his dead wife's grave, the backdrop is all purple and red, a storm imminent, has shooting in the desert ever been so lush?

The film leaves an indelible mark on the conscious for its art and performances, but as a story it just about stays on the good side of safe. 7/10 for the film and its structure, 10/10 for the artistry involved.

Footnote: This release is presented in 4:3 aspect ratio.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 13 days ago by Mr. J. A. Tantum
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
great film
Published 26 days ago by Terence McKenna
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Does the job
Published 1 month ago by R. Seggie
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT! A magnificent John Ford's western with John Wayne, Victor...
Made in 1949, this second part of John Ford's "Cavalry Trilogy" (coming after "Fort Apache" and preceding "Rio Grande") didn't age one bit and still remains today a great viewing -... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Maciej
3.0 out of 5 stars This rating is a result of the fact that the film is not in colour !
See my comments as mentioned above. I also already gave comments about the fact that in the overview of all Dvd's you cannot
find any data about the film if it is a Coloured... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Rudi du Mee
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the one!
Print wise you do have to be careful with this title.
If you choose this Warner bros. edition in this box you should be OK. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Ahantrobus
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
One of my husband's favourite John Wayne films, he never tires of watching it again and again. Very good choice.
Published 14 months ago by Josh fan
1.0 out of 5 stars She Wore a Yellow Ribbon Ha!
I was looking forward to watching this D.V.D. after seeing the film on the telly. The quality of the D.V.D. was poor. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Gena Whitefoot
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant !
This is John Wayne at his best, I have watched this movie a number of times now and it is just as good to watch now as it was the first time I saw it.
Published 17 months ago by amazon fan
4.0 out of 5 stars Typical Wayne Western
All the elements of a typical John Wayne Western. A bit of romance a bit of heartache but at the end the cavalry triumps overall
Published 17 months ago by Brian Chisham
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