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Arrowhead -- Apache brave Toriano has returned to his people after schooling in the Eastern U.S. "He comes in peace," say cavalry officers and townsfolk. "He comes for war," says cavalry scout Ed Bannon. Raised by Apaches, Bannon knows the prophecies about a warrior who will come from the East to lead the tribe in battle. But by the time he convinces anyone of the danger, it may be too late. Charlton Heston (as Bannon) and Jack Palance (as Toriano) square off in Arrowhead, an exciting saga directed by Gunsmoke and Rawhide creator Charles Marquis Warren - and packed with the hell-bent-for-leather bravado of the Technicolor. West!

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Writers:
Charles Marquis Warren (screenplay)
W.R. Burnett (novel)
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Release Date:
3 August 1953 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
Chief of Scouts Ed Bannon works for the US Army at Fort Clark, Texas and he dreams of aiding in bringing peace to the region, despite opposition from both the Army and the Apaches. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Charlton Heston ... Ed Bannon

Jack Palance ... Toriano

Katy Jurado ... Nita

Brian Keith ... Capt. Bill North
Mary Sinclair ... Lela Wilson

Milburn Stone ... Sandy MacKinnon
Richard Shannon ... Lt. Kirk
Lewis Martin ... Col. Weybright

Frank DeKova ... Chief Chattez (as Frank de Kova)

Robert J. Wilke ... Sgt. Stone (as Robert Wilke)
Peter Coe ... Spanish
James Anderson ... Jerry August (as Kyle James)
John Pickard ... John Gunther (as John M. Pickard)
Pat Hogan ... Jim Eagle
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eric Alden ... Cavalryman (uncredited)
Rachel Ames ... Mrs. Kirk (uncredited)
Jim Burk ... Cavalryman (uncredited)
Rus Conklin ... Wakamaza (uncredited)
Frank Cordell ... Cavalryman (uncredited)
Don Dunning ... Cavalryman (uncredited)

Richard Farnsworth ... Cavalryman (uncredited)

Kathryn Grant ... Miss Mason (uncredited)
Chick Hannan ... Cavalryman (uncredited)
Bryan 'Slim' Hightower ... Cavalryman (uncredited)
Leroy Johnson ... Cavalryman (uncredited)
Paul Marion ... Kuni (uncredited)
Bob Miles ... Cavalryman (uncredited)
Dick Paxton ... Jordan (uncredited)
Bob Peoples ... Cavalryman (uncredited)
John S. Peters ... Dr.'Captain' Mason (uncredited)
Mike Ragan ... Corporal Ives (uncredited)

Guy Teague ... Cavalryman (uncredited)
Bob Templeton ... Cavalryman (uncredited)
Willard W. Willingham ... Cavalryman (uncredited)
Henry Wills ... Trooper Baker (uncredited)

Directed by
Charles Marquis Warren 
 
Writing credits
Charles Marquis Warren (screenplay)

W.R. Burnett (novel "Adobe Walls")

Produced by
Nat Holt .... producer
 
Original Music by
Paul Sawtell 
 
Cinematography by
Ray Rennahan (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Frank Bracht 
 
Art Direction by
Hal Pereira 
Al Roelofs 
 
Set Decoration by
Sam Comer 
Bertram C. Granger  (as Bertram Granger)
 
Costume Design by
Edith Head 
 
Makeup Department
Wally Westmore .... makeup supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Daniel McCauley .... assistant director
Howard Joslin .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Cliff Reid Jr. .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Gene Lauritzen .... construction coordinator (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Gene Garvin .... sound recordist
Harold Lewis .... sound recordist
George Hamer .... sound recordist (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Jim Burk .... stunts (uncredited)
Frank Cordell .... stunts (uncredited)
Richard Farnsworth .... stunts (uncredited)
Bryan 'Slim' Hightower .... stunts (uncredited)
Leroy Johnson .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Bill Avery .... still photographer (uncredited)
Archie R. Dalzell .... second camera operator (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Lucien Cailliet .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Richard Mueller .... technicolor color consultant
Harry Templeton .... associate to producer
Marvin Weldon .... script supervisor (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


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Runtime:
105 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Certification:
Finland:K-16 | Netherlands:14 (original rating) | Sweden:15 | USA:Approved (PCA #16336) | West Germany:o.Al. (f) | West Germany:12 (f)

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Trivia:
The character of "Ed Bannon" is partially based on Al Sieber, Chief of Scouts of the United States Army of the Southwest.Sieber was born in 1844 and he was a Civil War veteran who became chief of scouts for the U.S. Army at San Carlos Indian Reservation in 1870.He participated in the hunt for Geronimo and he reportedly survived 29 arrow and gun wounds.Sieber died in 1907.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: There was a Ghost Dance movement, it was a religious revival of Native Americans in 1890, but it had nothing at all to do with the Apaches. It was popular among the Lakota (Souix) of the Northern Plains.See more »
Quotes:
Sandy:I think they're swinging too wide for a circle, Ed. Maybe they're not using a pattern at all.
Ed Bannon:Apaches always use a pattern for their campaigns. I've seen 'em fight in a circle covering hundreds of miles or in an X as big as the whole territory. Even a zigzag pattern. We got to be sure which one they're using now.
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6 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Adobe Walls., 13 November 2013
Author: Spikeopath from United Kingdom

Arrowhead, the mere mention of it in Western circles sometimes induces a sharp intake of breath, even a furrowed brow or two. Starring Charlton Heston and Jack Palance, directed by Charles Marquis Warren; who also adapts the screenplay from W.R. Burnett's novel, Adobe Walls, Arrowhead rewrites the Indian Wars and firmly paints the Apache as distrustful thugs.

Based in essence on real life Indian scout, Al Seiber, with Heston in the role but named as Ed Bannon here, story is set in Texas 1878 at the Fort Clark Cavalry post. Peace has been brokered and the good old Cavalry boys have arranged for the Apache, led by a newly educated Toriano (Palance), to be dog tagged and whipped off to some arid land in Florida. However, the pesky Toriano has been plotting a revolution and is ready to lead his people in an all out assault on whitey and to hell with the treaty. Only white dude who smells a rat is Bannon, who with some Indian blood coursing through his veins, hates the Redskins and will never trust them. But the Cavalry hate Bannon as well, because he is in the way, causing friction, a hindrance to their wonderful ideas for piece.

No surprises for guessing what happens next! If Warren and the big wigs at Paramount Pictures were aware of the racist overtones here in 1953? Is cause for debate. I tend to agree with the theory that puts this as a sort of anti-communist allegory, but of course that doesn't excuse the xenophobic narrative whoever is on the receiving end! Yet surely the makers were genuine in trying to make a good old Cavalry versus Indians actioner? That the picture often meanders and is not carpeted with action, is a little moot, but it is well put together, well acted and looks nice with its actual real Bracketville location filming (Ray Rennahan on cinematography). Paul Sawtell does one of his robust thematic musical scores, and fine acting support comes from Robert Wilke and Brian Keith.

It's a solid routine Oater, and can be enjoyed if you can forgive it its sins? Forgive them for they know not what they do...or something like that! 6/10

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