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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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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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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 »

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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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Follows Broken Arrow (1950) See more »

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Hudson--wigged, shirtless, and sunburned Apache in 3-D
21 January 2006 | by (Brooklyn NY) – See all my reviews

Jeff Chandler reprises his role as Cochise (in "Broken Arrow") and, in the first ten minutes, dies after instructing his youngest son, Hudson's Taza, to keep the Apaches on the path of peace. Taza's half brother Nache (Rex Reason), however, wants to slaughter all white eyes. Barbara Rush is the Apache princess torn between the two brothers. On location, brutal desert sun, despite body make up, severely burned Hudson, mostly shirtless to exhibit his physique. Film was shot and released in 3-D with expected effects of rocks, spears, and arrows flying from the screen. As a churning Western, the Apache POV places "Taza" in a group of early 50s Westerns, such as "Broken Arrow" (James Stewart) and "The Savage" (Charlton Heston), that sided with Indians and culminated in "Apache" (Burt Lancaster). Moral score card is reckoned by pairing white and Apache villains. With brisk direction, handsome cast (notably Rush and Reason), and Technicolor capturing expanses of red-orange desert, "Taza" is respectably good of its kind. In dealing with Indians vs. whites, "Taza" may be a bit cavalier, but tongue-in-cheek? No. Hudson here was only one stair tread away from achieving major stardom in "Magnificent Obsession"--and looks it.


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