In 1866, new fighting units are formed within the U.S. Cavalry: the courageous 9th and 10th regiments. Plains Indians call them Buffalo Soldiers because of the bison coats they wear in winter. History, judging from the regiments' list of Medal of Honor winners, calls them heroes. Against this backdrop, legendary director John Ford crafts the story of 'Sergeant Rutledge' (Woody Strode), a 9th Cavalry officer on trial for rape and murder. Lt. Cantrell (Jeffrey Hunter) defends Rutledge as witnesses give testimony (relived in flashbacks) revealing the sergeant’s gallantry - and the shocking truth behind the alleged crimes. Ford, who attacked racism in 'The Searchers', explores similar territory in this landmark Western, the power of which still rings out with uncommon force decades later.

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Sergeant Rutledge (1960)

Unrated

Western/Crime · 1h 51m · 5/25/1960

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Description

In 1866, new fighting units are formed within the U.S. Cavalry: the courageous 9th and 10th regiments. Plains Indians call them Buffalo Soldiers because of the bison coats they wear in winter. History, judging from the regiments' list of Medal of Honor winners, calls them heroes. Against this backdrop, legendary director John Ford crafts the story of 'Sergeant Rutledge' (Woody Strode), a 9th Cavalry officer on trial for rape and murder. Lt. Cantrell (Jeffrey Hunter) defends Rutledge as witnesses give testimony (relived in flashbacks) revealing the sergeant’s gallantry - and the shocking truth behind the alleged crimes. Ford, who attacked racism in 'The Searchers', explores similar territory in this landmark Western, the power of which still rings out with uncommon force decades later.

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Status

Released

Language

English

Country

United States

Production Company

Warner Bros

Revenue

$3,047
Cast
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Jeffrey Hunter

Lt. Tom Cantrell (counsel for the defense)
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Constance Towers

Mary Beecher
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Billie Burke

Mrs. Cordelia Fosgate
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Woody Strode

1st Sgt. Braxton Rutledge
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Juano Hernandez

Sgt. Matthew Luke Skidmore
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Willis Bouchey

Col. Otis Fosgate - president of the court-martial
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Carleton Young

Capt. Shattuck - prosecutor
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Judson Pratt

Lt. Mulqueen (court-martial board member)
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Shug Fisher

Mr. Owens (uncredited)
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Sam Harris

Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
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Chuck Hayward

Capt. Dickinson (uncredited)
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William Henry

Capt. Dwyer (uncredited)
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Rafer Johnson

Cpl. Krump (uncredited)
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Jack Kenny

Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
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Mike Lally

Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
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Jack Lewis

Indian (uncredited)
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Fred Libby

Chandler Hubble (uncredited)
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Cliff Lyons

Sam Beecher (uncredited)
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Mae Marsh

Mrs. Nellie Hackett (uncredited)
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Toby Michaels

Lucy Dabney (uncredited)
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Jack Mower

Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
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Eva Novak

Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
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Jack Pennick

Courtroom Sergeant (uncredited)
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Jack Perrin

Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
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Walter Reed

Capt. McAfee (uncredited)
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Chuck Roberson

Court-Martial Board Member (uncredited)
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Charles Seel

Dr. Walter Eckner (uncredited)
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Ed Shaw

Chris Hubble (uncredited)
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Hank Worden

Laredo (uncredited)
Crew
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John Ford

Director
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James Warner Bellah

Writer
Disc Releases
Disc Title Front Cover

Sergeant Rutledge

(DVD, Keep Case (Std.))

6/7/2006

Disc Title Front Cover

Sergeant Rutledge

(DVD)

6/6/2006

Disc Title Front Cover

Sergeant Rutledge

(DVD)

12/6/2016

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