Released in 1950, this groundbreaking western - arguably the first to feature an Indian hero - stars James Stewart as Tom Jeffords, an ex-army scout with a conscience who embarks on a one-man peace mission with the Apaches following ten years of war between settlers and Indians. Forming a diplomatic partnership with righteous Apache leader Cochise (Jeff Chandler, in a formidable, Oscar-nominated role), Jeffords later falls in love with an Indian girl who he marries in an Apache ceremony. He then brokers a three month truce with Cochise that is broken by renegade settler attacks before a lasting peace treaty is renewed. A movie that shifted the political boundaries of the western film genre, Broken Arrow is a tense, violent but delicate retelling of the Indian Wars that features towering performances from Stewart and Chandler.
- James Stewart
- Jeff Chandler