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Taza, Son of Cochise (1954)

Approved | | Action, Drama, Romance | 18 February 1954 (USA)
When peacemaking Apache chief Cochise dies, the Chiricahua Apaches are torn between following Cochise's peace loving son Taza and following the warlike renegade Apache warrior Geronimo.

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Oona
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Capt. Burnett
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Naiche (as Bart Roberts)
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Grey Eagle
Eugene Iglesias ...
Chato (as Gene Iglesias)
Richard H. Cutting ...
Cy Hegan (as Richard Cutting)
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Sgt. Hamma
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Lt. Willis
Bradford Jackson ...
Lt. Richards (as Brad Jackson)
James Van Horn ...
Skinya
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Kocha
Robert F. Hoy ...
Lobo (as Robert Hoy)
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Three years after the end of the Apache wars, peacemaking chief Cochise dies. His elder son Taza shares his ideas, but brother Naiche yearns for war...and for Taza's betrothed, Oona. Naiche loses no time in starting trouble which, thanks to a bigoted cavalry officer, ends with the proud Chiricahua Apaches on a reservation, where they are soon joined by the captured renegade Geronimo, who is all it takes to light the firecracker's fuse... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Jeff Chandler played Cochise in this film and also in Broken Arrow (1950) and The Battle at Apache Pass (1952). See more »

Goofs

During the battle between the Apaches and the Cavalry, when Captain Burnett (Gregg Palmer) shoots an Apache at the top of a cliff, the Indian clutches his chest, but when his hands fall away there's no hint of a bullet wound or blood. The same thing occurs when Burnett shoots Grey eagle shortly after. See more »

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Taza: I will do what must be done.
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I'm almost surprised that they didn't cast Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson or Sessue Hayakawa as American-Indians in this one!
7 November 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Rock Hudson, Jeff Chandler, Rex Reason, Ian MacDonald, Barbara Rush...all not exactly American-Indian sounding names! Yet, all these folks are all painted up in "Taza, Son of Cochise" to play just such roles--which represents the single biggest problem with this movie. Not only aren't they Indians, they hardly look like them and give the film a certain silliness you can't get past. And, even if the actors had done great jobs in their parts (which they hadn't), this isn't enough to overcome this problem. However, for me this is EXACTLY why I watched the film--because it was so unbelievably cast! Yes folks, I AM a glutton for punishment. And, is there something worth watching here?

The film begins with Chief Cochise's death. His son, Taza (Hudson), vows to keep the peace--whereas his hot-headed son, Naiche (Reason), is determined to destroy the white folks. However, after their big showdown in which Taza kicks the snot out of him, some other renegades sneak in and set Naiche free. So, it's up to our hero, Taza, to find his wicked brother and maintain the peace. But even when he does, it might be too late for him and his people--especially when Geronimo is sent to live on Taza's reservation.

As for the rest of the film, it's a real mixed bag. On one hand, the film is gorgeous--with a fantastic location shoot in Utah as well as terrific music. So the film clearly had a nice budget and it's obvious the studio gave director Douglas Sirk the go ahead to make a quality film. However, the film also suffers from some downright awful dialog--dialog that often makes the 'Indians' sound like idiots. The worst of this often occurred with love scenes--which were among the least romantic in film history. Overall, the film is watchable but silly--and certainly not among the best or worst of the genre.

By the way, I wonder if this film was originally planned as a 3-D movie. This is because often punches, spears, giant rocks and whips are tossed directly AT the camera--like you'd see in a 3-D picture. Considering it came out in 1954, this is awfully likely. Also, historically speaking the movie is a mish-mash of facts and pure bunk.


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