This was the first major Hollywood western to feature an African-American hero.
Academy Award-winning director John Ford tackles race head on in this western classic.
Woody Strode stars as "Sergeant Rutledge" – a top sergeant in an all-black unit of the 9th Calvary. When a young
white woman and her father are murdered, Sergeant Rutledge is accused of the murders and is put on trial for them. Returning to defend him is Lt. Tom Cantrell (Jeffrey Hunter), who was Rutledge’s former commanding officer.
During the heated courtroom drama, a story unfolds about the honorable character and bravery of Sergeant
Rutledge. But, prejudiced witnesses and circumstantial evidence point towards his being guilty of the crime.
Did Sergeant Rutledge do it? Will he be convicted?
"Sergeant Rutledge" is one of the few 1960 Hollywood studio made movies to depict an
African-American man as a hero.