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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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Charles Marquis Warren (screenplay)
W.R. Burnett (novel)
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Release Date:
3 August 1953 (USA) See more »
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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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)

William Hoehne Jr. ... Slo Mo,light haired Indian (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)
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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105 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Finland:K-16 | Netherlands:14 (original rating) | Sweden:15 | UK:U | USA:Approved (PCA #16336) | West Germany:0 (f) | West Germany:12 (f)

Did You Know?

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 »
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 (Sioux) of the Northern Plains.See more »
[questioning Captain North's strategy]
Ed Bannon:You're as blind as the Colonel, if that's possible... and it's possible.
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7 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
the story of a scout who hated the Apaches., 26 August 2006
Author: alexandre michel liberman (tmwest) from S. Paulo, Brazil

This is a western told from a very angry and bitter point of view. The story is about Ed Bannon (Charlton Heston), a scout who hates the Apaches. He keeps warning the soldiers that want to make peace, and when Toriano (Jack Palance) who is an Apache that went to school in the east, comes back, all of Heston's warnings seem to materialize. At a certain moment when they are being humiliated by being given name tags, not in an dignified way, Heston does not show any feelings, on the contrary, he still provokes them. He is far from being a "good guy" so you can't say this film is racist, it just shows two sides at war with each other. Katy Jurado is a sexy Mexican, half Apache. Charles Marquis Warren, who directed, wrote one of my favorite westerns "Only the Valiant".

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