Sergeant Rutledge

Put some respect on his name.

Woody Strode had a long, successful 50+ year film career, carving out a niche playing rugged men of action, not surprising since he was a professional football player.

He went toe-to-toe with Kirk Douglas in Spartacus, and was memorable as a hired killer gunned down by Charles Bronson in Once Upon a Time in the West.

But this John Ford flick, about a Buffalo Soldier unjustly court-martialed for rape and murder, gives Strode a chance to be front and center, and he more than rises to the occasion.

Powerful work by a strong man.