6.0/10
474
9 user 7 critic

Arizona Raiders (1965)

Approved | | Western | 1 August 1965 (USA)
When Quantrill's (Quantrell) gang is almost destroyed two of the captured members agree to join the Arizona Rangers to help finish the job.

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
Reviews

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

ON DISC
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Quick Gun (1964)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Gunslinger Clint Cooper returns to his hometown to help fight off a raid by his former gang.

Director: Sidney Salkow
Stars: Audie Murphy, Merry Anders, James Best
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Marshal Tyrone and the Silver Kid form an uneasy alliance against a gang of claim jumpers.

Director: Don Siegel
Stars: Audie Murphy, Faith Domergue, Stephen McNally
Adventure | Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

The Apaches are on the warpath and the Army must defend them. Murphy's mission is to get a shipment of rifles, but it's stolen by greedy white traders with the help of mutinous soldiers.

Director: William Witney
Stars: Audie Murphy, Michael Burns, Kenneth Tobey
Destry (1954)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

In his desire to control a frontier town, ruthless town boss Decker appoints the town drunk as sheriff who, in return, hires gunfighter Destry as his deputy.

Director: George Marshall
Stars: Audie Murphy, Mari Blanchard, Lyle Bettger
Certificate: Passed Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A Texas Ranger must capture an outlaw and take him-in, while tangling with savage Apaches and greedy bounty-hunters on the way back to jail.

Director: Harry Keller
Stars: Audie Murphy, Barry Sullivan, Venetia Stevenson
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Audie Murphy comes into his own as a Western star in this story. Wrongly accused by crooked railroad officials of aiding a train heist by his old friends the Daltons, he joins their gang ... See full summary »

Director: Budd Boetticher
Stars: Audie Murphy, Beverly Tyler, James Best
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Former Texas Rangers Sam Ward and Logan Keliher become enemies when Sam turns bank robber and Logan marries Sam's ex-wife.

Director: R.G. Springsteen
Stars: Audie Murphy, Darren McGavin, Ruta Lee
The Texican (1966)
Adventure | Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Wanted north of the border, Jess Carlin resides safely in Mexico. Then he hears his brother was killed in a gunfight with another man. Knowning his brother never carried a gun he heads ... See full summary »

Director: Lesley Selander
Stars: Audie Murphy, Broderick Crawford, Diana Lorys
Apache Rifles (1964)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A young cavalry officer is assigned the job of bringing in a band of Apaches who have been terrorizing the countryside.

Director: William Witney
Stars: Audie Murphy, Michael Dante, Linda Lawson
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Mistaken for a murderous outlaw, an innocent passerby is forced to go on the run to try and clear his name by catching the real culprit.

Director: George Sherman
Stars: Audie Murphy, Felicia Farr, Stephen McNally
Crime | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

In 1875 a murderous outlaw gang breaks criminals from jail, uses them to help in crimes, and then kills them for the reward, when it goes high enough.

Director: Frank McDonald
Stars: Audie Murphy, Ben Cooper, Colleen Miller
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

When his father and brother are murdered by a corrupt lawyer and sheriff duo, railroad surveyor Clay O'Mara plans his revenge and is aided by former outlaw Whitey Kincade.

Director: Jesse Hibbs
Stars: Audie Murphy, Susan Cabot, Dan Duryea
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
Clint
...
Brady
...
Willie Martin
...
Captain Andrews
...
Martina
Ray Stricklyn ...
Danny Bonner
George Keymas ...
Montana
Fred Krone ...
Matt Edwards
Willard W. Willingham ...
Eddie (as Willard Willingham)
Boyd 'Red' Morgan ...
Tex (as Red Morgan)
...
Quantrell
Edit

Storyline

Murphy plays an ex-Quantrill's (Quantrell) Raider who's released from jail with buddy Cooper to be deputized as Arizona Rangers in order to hunt down the remnant of the gang, rumored to he hiding out in a town "neer dee border" in the words of the loose-lipped saloon dancer. The goons are found hiding in an Indian mission. Murphy and Cooper pretend to want to rejoin the gang, but the bad guys catch on and brutally beat Cooper, who protects Murphy's true sentiments to the death. Written by Rita Richardson

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Audie Murphy as a new kind of action-man... Raider-turned-Ranger!

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

1 August 1965 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Goldtransport durch Arizona  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

$400,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Audie Murphy''s salary was $45,000. See more »

Goofs

The film moves from Texas to Arizona in 1866. The first town mentioned is Tombstone. Tombstone wasn't founded until 1879, two years after Ed Scheifflin made the silver strike that named the town and 13 years after the period in which the film is set. See more »

Quotes

Willie Martin: Well, nobody cares much when you're on the losing side.
Capt. Tom Andrews: I respect a good soldier no matter what the color of his uniform.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Decent Audie Murphy Western
3 November 2014 | by (Rhode Island, United States) – See all my reviews

At film's beginning Booth Colman, as editor of the Ohio Gazette, wastes seven minutes narrating the ruthlessness of William Quantrill, infamously known gang leader and Confederate sympathizer who murdered the adult male population of Lawrence Kansas. Since the first few active minutes of the movie do center on the Civil War brigand, one wonders why the narration persists for so long. Anyway, with the War over (1865), the story begins to move along smoothly as the Quantrill band continues to operate.

Union Captain Tom Andrews (Buster Crabbe) tracks down and corners Quantrill (Fred Graham) and his gang in an abandoned farmhouse/barn. Although some gang members escape, Quantrill is severely wounded and captured. He will eventually breathe his last in a Union hospital, and he will not be seen in the picture again. (By the way, Quantrill died in June 1865.) Meanwhile two gang members are captured, partially through the machinations of Montana Smith (George Keymas), a shady and disloyal gang member who escapes the Federal grasp. The two arrested ex-Confederate soldiers, Clint Stewart (Audie Murphy) and friend Willie Martin (Ben Cooper), served honorably for the Southern cause. But when they returned home at war's end they found that Carpetbaggers were in control. Since the two ex-troopers could not find work, they joined Quantrill's outfit. Though the sympathy of both Andrews and the presiding judge, the two receive lighter sentences than usual but still get 20 years hard labor in prison.

Escaping from the Federal troops, both Montana and Brady (Michael Dante) have reformed the Quantrill gang and are running roughshod in Arizona, where the post-Civil War law is not strong. Enter Andrews again, as he has been hired by the territorial governor to head up the newly formed Arizona Rangers. Andrews' mission is to capture the gang and bring it to justice. As Andrews is impressed with Stewart and Martin's background he makes a risky bargain with them: unconditional pardons and positions as Arizona Rangers if they infiltrate the gang and bring about its destruction. To make the situation legitimate, Andrews arranges for a fake-prison escape. The two ex-Rebels can flee to Mexico, but better judgment prevails and they go to work against Montana and Brady, who by this time have taken control of a Yaqui Indian village.

This rousing and colorful western features beautiful Arizona scenery. William Whitney directed a typical cowboy movie with some perky shoot-outs and ornery villains, especially Keymas' sadistic and vile Montana (By contrast, accomplice Brady is almost a church choir member). Fred Graham, who portrays Quantrill, was twice the age of the real outlaw, but his work here is sound. Murphy of course fits in well in a familiar role.

There were high quality westerns made in 1965, like "Major Dundee," "The Sons of Katie Elder," and the comedy-western "Cat Ballou." But it was a watershed year for the genre as times were a-changin'. In 1966 Burt Kennedy would direct "Welcome to Hard Times" (released in 1967). Also, westerns from Europe were making their arrivals in the USA. These films would alter the western and blur the distinction between the good guys and the bad ones. They kept the guns of the good guy, but took away most of his moral code. Alas, they created the anti-hero, a major influence of those westerns made in the late 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s.

(See my review for the watershed western "Welcome to Hard Times" dated 23 Nov 2011.)


3 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?