Northwest Passage (DVD) Adventure (1940) 126 Minutes ~ Starring: Spencer Tracy, Robert Young, Walter Brennan, Ruth Hussey ~ Directed By: King Vidor

One is compelled to say, in these Politically correct times, that Northwest Passage takes a distinctly “unenlightened” view of the 18th century American colonists’ Indian neighbors. Then again, everything about the world portraye…

One is compelled to say, in these Politically correct times, that Northwest Passage takes a distinctly “unenlightened” view of the 18th century American colonists’ Indian neighbors. Then again, everything about the world portrayed in this early-Technicolor production is harsh : the repressive policies of the Crown-backed Boston magistrates, the expectations Maj. Robert Rogers (Spencer Tracy) has for his guerrilla warrior banc, the bloodthirsty war-making by the Abenagi Indians (reciprocated in kind by the colonials), the ferocity of flood-swollen wilderness rives, and the breathtaking, unforgiving vastness of the virgin forest in which, surrounded by beauty, Roger’s Rangers very nearly starve to death. As an action film, Northwest Passage peaks early with a predawn, retaliatory raid on an Indian village-horrific choreography by the master filmmaker who made The Big Parade. But the grim march back from this mission is too harrowing to call anticlimactic. Robert Young and Walter Brennan costar.

Starring : Spencer Tracy, Robert Young, Walter Brennan, Ruth Hussey.

Directed By : King Vidor

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