Escape from Fort Bravo (1953)


escapeBravoPoster4“When you’re in the grave, Beecher, it doesn’t matter too much how you got there.” – Capt. Roper

Number of Times Seen – 1 (27 Dec 2013)

Brief Synopsis – During the US Civil war, a union officer charged with guarding Rebel prisoners in an Arizona internment camp must deal with escape attempts a new love interest and the local Indians.

My Take on it – I have always enjoyed William Holden’s performances.  He was excellent in Stalag 17 (1953) and in The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957).

In this movie he is slightly above average, but I don’t think it’s only because of his acting.  It has more to do with the story.

This story is OK, but nothing really new here.  It tries to combine numerous plot points that eventually all meld together at the end and is only partially successful in doing so.

There is a prison break, a love story, an attack by Indians, but the most important plot point deals with the integrity and heroism/cowardliness of all the characters involved.

This is where the movie succeeds because it shows how in a somewhat hopeless situation, enemies can try to work together to try and overcome a mutual adversary.

Bottom Line – Slightly better than an average western but nothing special or new here.

Rating – BAFTA Worthy

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