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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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Arrowhead (1953) *** See more (19 total) »

Cast

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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:
Film debut of Brian Keith.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 MacKinnon:Which way are you going back to the post?
Colonel Weybright:The way every detail goes back.
Ed Bannon:Pick another way, Colonel.
Colonel Weybright:These Apaches were here for peace. Do you see any paint on their faces?
Ed Bannon:They don't have to have paint on their faces, but they can't fight without paint. They got to have it on them somewhere.
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19 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
Arrowhead (1953) ***, 25 November 2004
Author: JoeKarlosi from U.S.A.

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It's a shame that the world has gone so Politically Correct these days that a straight-forward film like ARROWHEAD is so maligned and probably couldn't be made today. It starts off with Charlton Heston as a very despicable and prejudiced cavalry scout who hates Apaches with a passion (he's grown up with them and claims to know their ways), and continually foils any efforts at peace talks between the Indians and the white men. When his bigotry results in the killing of a group of Apaches as well as his own people, he is fired and his boss Brian Keith wants nothing more to do with him. But even while ousted from his duties, nobody is spared Heston's personal wrath -- not even his pretty half-Mexican, half-Apache laundress (the beautiful Katy Jurado).

When the respected Indian Chief Toriano (Jack Palance) arrives on the frontier to make peace, Heston still warns not to trust him. And in an old-fashioned turn of events (by today's standards that is), everything Chuck has tried to impress upon his men from the very start actually turns out to be true... Toriano and his followers are in fact planning an ambush. So in a very bizarre twist, Heston's hateful character is hired back to help the fight and turns into the hero.

Not a "great" film, and a tad long at 105 minutes. But it's a strong depiction of the personal animosities and prejudices from both sides that often get in the way of progress. The performances of Heston, Palance and Keith are all good. Those who wish to change history and act as if these things never really happened should remember that this film was based on factual, real events. *** out of ****

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