Escape from Fort Bravo

Escape from Fort Bravo

John Sturges (1953)

U Certificate


Our Score
Planned as a 3D movie (hence the kicking the dead rattlesnake into the audience shot), but ultimately shown flat, this otherwise impressive early John Sturges western suffers from the use of obvious studio exteriors in many key sequences. On location, though, in the dust of the desert as Mescalero Indians menace the escapees, the use of landscape is mighty fine, especially in a sequence featuring the best use of arrows since Laurence Olivier's Henry V. Union captain William Holden is suitably rugged, lovely Eleanor Parker is deceptively charming, and honourable Confederate leader John Forsythe reminds you of what a boring movie actor he was before his hair turned blue in TV's Dynasty.


A Confederate soldier manages to escape from a Yankee fort in Arizona with the help of his girlfriend, only to find himself under threat from hostile Indians. John Sturges' Western, starring William Holden, Eleanor Parker and John Forsythe.

Cast & Crew

Captain Roper William Holden (2)
Carla Forester Eleanor Parker
Captain John Marsh John Forsythe
Campbell William Demarest
Cabot Young William Campbell
Alice Owens Polly Bergen
Lieutenant Beecher Richard Anderson
Colonel Owens Carl Benton Reid
Director John Sturges
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Metro-Goldwyn-MayerAvailable on: video