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40 Guns to Apache Pass (1966)

Approved | | Adventure, Romance, Western | 1 May 1967 (USA)
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.

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Harry Malone
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In 1868 Arizona the Apaches led by Cochise are on a warpath and U.S. Army Captain Bruce Coburn is tasked with protecting settlers on their way to Apache Wells. A group of undisciplined soldiers, led by corporal Bodine, make Coburn's task more difficult. When they're sent after a shipment of repeating rifles Bodine and four others steal the weapons and desert. Captain Coburn manages to return to Apache Wells where he vows to capture Bodine and his fellow deserters. Meanwhile, Bodine mets Cochise to negotiate the sale of the stolen repeating rifles without knowing that Captain Coburn has recovered the stolen weapons and has killed the other deserters. Cochise and Bodine chase after Captain Coburn in an attempt to recuperate the rifles which both the Apaches and the settlers need in order to prevail. A race against time ensues. Written by nufs68

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He had to get the guns through ... if he had to take on the whole Apache nation to do it ! See more »


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1 May 1967 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

40 Fusils Manquent a l'Appel  »

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$400,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

At the end of the movie, as the camera focuses on the flag, if you look closely, the flag has 50 stars and not 37 stars the U.S. flag had in 1868. See more »

Goofs

At the film's climax, Doug rides to help Captain Coburn and as he rounds the top of the hill he is clearly riding with both hands on the reins with his rifle in its saddle holster, but seconds later as he dismounts, he has his rifle in his hand. See more »

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Col. Homer Reed: [to Capt. Bruce Coburn upon his successful delivery of needed rifles] For once, I'm *glad* you disobeyed orders!
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: (on a book cover) THE APACHE WARS IN ARIZONA TERRITORY For years following the Civil War, the question was whether Indians or the United States Army would control Arizona Territory. Bands of hostile Apaches roamed the countryside. Only the courage and dedication of a few brave fighting men kept the Territory from being completely overrun. See more »

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Quaint Museum Piece
29 May 2016 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

This is just superficial, weak, clichéd Hollywood crap. There's hardly a western movie cliché that's left out. I should say that I've enjoyed quite a few Audie Murphy movies, but when the movie is otherwise bad, he comes across very unconvincingly. He's such a brave boy isn't he ! What is interesting and museum-worthy is the basic premise of the story, namely that the natives are the bad guys for trying to stop the European settlers taking over their land. I was surprised that this ethos could be on display as late as 1966 when the movie was made. If this was the mainstream attitude at that time then it is no wonder the US felt no reluctance in waging war on Vietnam as punishment for its outrageous behaviour in objecting to the US invasion. Times were of course achangin' : "Little Big Man", one of America's greatest movies,was made only 4 years later in 1970.


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