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This movie is based on a true story as written in A.P. Scotland's autobiography "The London Cage". The plot has greatly exaggerated the actual events of A.P. Scotland's experiences, including the addition of a fictional love interest.
It's 1876 and all the Indians are at peace except the Comanches lead by Black Cloud. When Black Cloud wipes out a town, only six soldiers are left and they head for the nearest fort. In the desert they are reinforced by members of a stagecoach and find some water at a deserted mission. Pinned down by Black Cloud they send an Indian boy who was Black Cloud's prisoner on to the fort while they try to bargain with Black Cloud whom they learn is without water. Written by
Maurice VanAuken <firstname.lastname@example.org>
When Sergeant Trainor goes to talk to Black Cloud and the other Indian leaders, he passes the body of a dead Indian lying with its head towards the Mission walls. While he is talking to the Indian leaders, some Indian warriors collect this body which is now lying with its head away from the Mission. See more »
Somebody has to run things. sergeant Trainor has experience in this country. I'm a civilian, and I'll follow his orders.
Sgt. Matt Trainor:
Did you hear that, Ruppert?
[Trainor takes away Ruppert's canteen]
Sgt. Matt Trainor:
I'll tell you when to drink, when to eat, when to sleep, and when to breathe!
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Sahara in the West? That should make this "Mojave"
Clearly, this was the same adventure yarn of the Bogart war movie SAHARA. It was great adventure, and it translated well into the old West. Six cavalry soldiers led by Broderick Crawford, meet a stagecoach in the desert, and they try to avoid hostile Native Americans. Not a lot of story line depth here. But the characters are winners. And some of the characters do a few unexpected but character-believable things, particularly the man who isn't accustomed to fighting. To be honest, SAHARA, which I liked, too, wasn't the first to make a movie of characters getting picked off one by one. This one is very much a carbon copy of it, though. The only movies I can think of that were even closer carbon copies to each other were THE JACKALS and YELLOW SKY. Good action. And the theme of being low on water is treated with some authentic practicality when Crawford tells the passenger that the horses need water first, unless they want to walk. Indeed, I would have spared almost all of the water for the horses and driver. The reasons for making a stand are far fetched, but that's Hollywood. And tired, thirsty, hungry men don't always make rational choices. Some people seem to think people are always on top of their game. If you're not one of these naive people, you'll enjoy a movie like this.
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