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The Bravos (1972)

The commander of an isolated frontier cavalry post tries to stop an Indian war and find his son, who has been kidnapped.

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Major John David Harkness
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Jackson Buckley
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Heller Chase
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Ben Lawler
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Captain MacDowell
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Garratt
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Captain Detroville
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Raeder
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Peter Harkness
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Major John Harkness is the commander of Fort Bravo, a small outpost established after the Civil War to protect the settlers. Although permanently lacking in troops and provisions, he has always managed to avoid any incident with the Indians. Unfortunately, this delicate balance is undermined one day by a tragic error committed by Buckley, a wagon driver. The latter has indeed killed a group of young Indians he had mistaken for rebels whereas they were only in search of horses. All that could degenerate into a war but Harkness will not let it happen, whatever the price to pay... Written by Guy Bellinger

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Refuge out of necessity
14 June 2015 | by See all my reviews

George Peppard stars in The Bravos a cavalry western where Peppard is a captain in charge of a badly located fort some weather beaten troops and a wagon train that has taken refuge in his post out of necessity. It seems as though they have a martinet of a wagon-master in Pernell Roberts who went and shot a Kiowa chief's son and now he wants protection. The Kiowas want Roberts and to insure they get him they take Vincent Van Patten playing Peppard's son who is visiting.

The Bravos is a routine cavalry western to be sure. Some of the themes however could have used a more poetical director. Coming to mind immediately is Rio Grande where John Ford gets the most out of scenes involving Claude Jarman, Jr. with his parents John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara. Would that Ford been directing Peppard and Van Patten.

Pernell Roberts between his television series Bonanza and Trapper John, MD. played a lot of villains. His arrogant wagon-master is someone you love to hate and is the highlight of the film.

This one is OK for western fans.


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