She Wore a Yellow Ribbon

She Wore a Yellow Ribbon

By John Ford

  • Genre: Western
  • Release Date: 1949-10-22
  • Advisory Rating: NR
  • Runtime: 1h 43min
  • Director: John Ford
  • Production Company: RKO Radio Pictures
  • Production Country: United States of America
  • iTunes Price: USD 9.99
  • iTunes Rent Price: USD 3.99
From 325 Ratings


The second chapter of Academy Award-winning director John Ford's acclaimed cavalry trilogy stars Oscar-winner John Wayne ("Stagecoach," "Rio Bravo," "True Grit," "The Searchers") as a cavalry captain who turns down retirement to help his badly outnumbered men defend their remote outpost against marauding Indians. Also starring Joanne Dru ("Red River"), John Agar ("Fort Apache"), Oscar-winners Ben Johnson ("The Last Picture Show") and Victor McLaglen ("The Quiet Man"). Features breathtaking Oscar-winning cinematography.




  • She Wore a Yellow Ribbon

    By mutmo
    Blu Ray is out. HD please
  • Wayne at his best!

    By Jer Bear 55
    Really love this movie
  • Skip This One

    By Backroad Rider
    Of the three Cavalry films by Ford and Wayne, this is the worst. Some of its historical premises and situations are not true and the overall story is weak. I now understand why the film’s owner hasn’t bothered to publish a high definition version. The same buttes in Monument valley are overused as locations and after a while it is laughable when the cavalry patrol supposedly travels for hours and yet the same butte is in the near background. Obviously, Ford just wanted to get this film done as fast as possible to meet his studio obligation so he could do the picture that he wanted to do. This said it is a decent entertainment.
  • She Wore A Yellow Ribbon

    By Head Maroon
    This is one of John Wayne's finest performances. The cavalry trilogy was among his best films, especially this one. 🌟🌟🌟
  • HD?

    By Zeb001
    This needs to available in HD!
  • She wore a yellow ribbon

    By Raptor22dave
    Classic western, good story!
  • First-Rate Movie

    By MikeC690720
    An absolutely wonderful movie, with excellent acting, plenty of action, and some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. John Wayne plays Captain Nathan Brittles, a U.S. Cavalry officer in the last few days of his long service to the nation in 1876, shortly after the Battle of the Little Big Horn, which had a major impact on the then small U.S. Army. Great supporting performances are given by Victor McLaglen as a senior noncom also on the verge of retirement, George O’Brien as the Commanding Officer, Mildred Natwick as the commander’s wife, Joanne Dru as a “female relation” out to see the West, and John Agar and Harry Carey, Jr. as two young Cavalry lieutenants. And we dare not omit Ben Johnson as the Sergeant who always gets the difficult and dangerous tasks, playing the role of a former Confederate Captain now serving, actually probably again, in the U.S. Cavalry and demonstrating his superb horsemanship. There also are several other actors who superbly play their minor roles. The plot centers around the actions of a small Cavalry outpost in the southwest facing a possible uprising by the Indians who are encouraged by the great victory at the Little Big Horn, far away in Montana. Contrary to the scorn that some hold for John Wayne regarding treatment of the Indians, this film shows Wayne as aware of the Indians’ sensitivities but still seeking to prevent open warfare that would be costly for both sides. There is also a subordinate story line of reconciliation between those who fought for the Union or the Confederacy during the then-recent American Civil War, with the most touching scene involving the death of the somewhat older “Trooper Smith.” The film shows a bit of Army life on the frontier, as Captain Brittles manages to prevent a conflict literally in the last few minutes of his career. Finally, the scenery is absolutely fabulous, with the film shot in Monument Valley on the Utah-Arizona border. Anyone who has the chance should see the region where this great film was shot; you can even see the exterior of Captain Brittles quarters (“house”) at one of the lodges nearby. This is a superb movie in every aspect.
  • Ford Triology is short the thrid installment

    By msklueh
    Please make available the third movie in the John Ford Triology ... Rio Grande! You have the soudtrack, why not the movie?
  • Classic cavalry

    By WSBowles
    One of the trilogy of calvary movies (Fort Apache, Rio Grande, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon) directed by John Ford. Only in Fort Apache, though, is John Wayne more of a supporting actor, that time to Henry Fonda. All three are typical of Ford Westerns, plenty of great characters, an engaging story and very entertaining. She Wore a Yellow Ribbon was the only one of the three filmed in color. Ted Turner tried to colorize Rio Grande once, but what a mistake. This story centers around Wayne's character of Captain Nathan Brittles and the last patrol before his retirement, which occurs just after the Custer masacre. Veteran actor and Ford favorite Victor McLaglen once again plays the Irish sergeant, who's also retiring in the story. Other actors that Ford liked for his Westerns also appear, John Agar and Harry Carey, Jr. are great as two buck lieutenants. My favorite part of John Ford movies, though, is the cinematography. Just like The Searchers, this one is filmed in Utah, Monument Valley specifically, near Four Corners (If you ever get a chance, it's a beautiful part of the country to visit.). Ford was wonderful at filming Western scenery and the wide open spaces.
  • Excellent

    By Nicky621
    Great movie. I agree with valleydweller, we need more john wayne movies! How about Rio Lobo and Rio Bravo!?