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5.0 out of 5 stars A great classic western.
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...
Published on 21 Nov 2001

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3.0 out of 5 stars great film, muddy print
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...
Published on 1 July 2009 by Stephen Coan


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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
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Stephen Coan (Pietermaritzburg, South Africa) - See all my reviews
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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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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great classic western., 21 Nov 2001
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars one for the ages, 4 May 2007
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Gavin T. Smith (Somerset) - See all my reviews
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars SHE WORE A YELLOW RIBBON The lynch-pin of Ford's Cavalry trilogy., 12 Feb 2012
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wayne matures as the theme befits the role., 15 Oct 2011
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Spike Owen "John Rouse Merriott Chard" (Birmingham, England.) - See all my reviews
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST FOR ALL WESTERN FANS, 24 Nov 2010
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This film is representative of a great era in film making the likes of which have long gone. The characterisation of all the main players is what makes the film so enjoyabble even if by todays standards the storyline in probably dated.Todays films in contrast rarely stand the test of time and I rarely watch or wish to watch such a film twice. This film ranks with other greats such as The Searchers, Rio bravo , Shane to mention just a few which I can never tire of watching.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All time Great, 18 July 2010
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An excellent film from it's day with as always a strong performance from big John, a good story and well supported
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5.0 out of 5 stars ABDNGUY2, 2 Jun 2010
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David J. Paterson "ABDNGUY2" (ABERDEEN SCOTLAND) - See all my reviews
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EXCELLENT JOHN WAYNE MOVIE CLASSIC ESPECIALLY FOR SOMEONE WHO WAS BROUGHT UP ON OLD WESTERNS
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ford's Most Underrated Film, 7 Feb 2010
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She Wore A Yellow Ribbon is on a smaller scale than Fort Apache. Plus the star power is not as great. That does not stop it from being a good film however.
Another reviewer spoke about the bad acting. Everyone in the film does their best with what was given them. The only poor actor was Tom Tyler as Corporal Quayne who usually gives much better performances.
With Wayne we have Victor McLaglen, Harry Carey, Ben Johnson, George O'Brien, Joanne Dru, Mildred Natwick, Arthur Shields and John Agar. You might also spot Chief John Big Tree, Francis Ford, Noble Johnson and Paul Fix.
Yellow Ribbon has its moments. Ben Johnson has a great sequence as he is chased by Cheyenne Dog Soldiers. Victor McLaglen gives a good performance as always especially in the Sutler Store fight scenes. The pony herd sequence is very entertaining though and miraculously no one is injured.
Joanne Dru is something of a nuisance however, she was the same in Red River. Harry Carey Jnr. is good as the snobbish lieutenant who does not want to be in the army. You might notice that eventually when he accepts a "chaw of tabacco" he at last accepts army life. The film is Wayne's though as he plays a man double his age.
The film takes a bit of a backstep after Fort Apache in its treatment of the Indians. They're a bit ridiculous here.
More so than any other Ford western She Wore A Yellow Ribbon captures the spirit and atmosphere of the paintings and illustrations of Frederic Remington. The film is beautifully shot and Ford brilliantly recaptures the idea of Army life. The cavalry would dismount and lead their horses about every half hour before mounting up again.
The thunder and lightning scene is the film's most memorable It was not anticipated and was shot under protest. Winton Hoch the cinematogropher won the academy award for that.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 5 July 2014
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