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Following the surrender of Geronimo, Massai, the last Apache warrior is captured and scheduled for transportation to a Florida reservation. Instead, he manages to escape and heads for his homeland to win back his girl and settle down to grow crops. His pursuers have other ideas though. Written by
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United Artists pressured director Robert Aldrich into shooting a more optimistic ending in the final days of shooting. Aldrich reluctantly agreed and was dismayed when the film was released with this alternate ending. He later concluded that "if you shoot two endings, they will always use the other one, never yours". See more »
The tire tracks on the mud when Massai came back to the girl. See more »
Opening credits: This is the story of Massai, the last Apache warrior. It has been told and re-told until it has become one of the great legends of the Southwest. It began in 1886 with Geronimo's surrender. See more »
After years of bloody fighting with the settlers in the American border, the chief Apache Gerónimo is obliged to undergo a humiliating flight. But his warrior more aggressive, Maasai (Burt Lancaster), refuses to accept defeat. Maasai decides against the relentless American cavalry, trying always a step ahead of the soldiers, perfectly trained, that have vowed to terminate it. And as his crusade will precipitate toward an epic final confrontation. Maasai will be realized that it must persevere, not only for his life, but also by the pride of all his race.
This film is an adaptation of the novel by Paul J. Wellman. This film is, next to "Devil'S Doorway" and " Broken Arrow", one of the few titles of quality in the 1950 praise the figure of the red skins against whites. Interestingly, the screenwriter James Webb and the director Robert Aldrich found the character Maasai of the original novel very radical, so they decided equip a woman. Thus, this film was a commercial success.
A western wonderful, the third feature film of the great Aldrich, here as holder of a master's degree staggering that then confirm with another great movie,: "Vera Cruz". "Apache" is a rapprochement, exciting and vibrant to the figure of the Indian until then only seen as a person stubborn and unfriendly, full of defects; the own Aldrich did in 1972 another fine film with this theme: "Ulzana's raid" with the Lancaster of protagonist. The good of the script is presented to the American Indian with dignity, honour and understanding.
Lancaster makes an unforgettable and perfect interpretation of Maasai, transmitting all the fierceness, nobility and ubiquity of his character. Film masterful in all aspects (meaning of the action, address, photography, indent, actors), is among the best westerns of cinema.
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