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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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Kate Malone
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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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The West ablaze ... courage aflame ! 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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Audie Murphy's fee for this film was $50,000. See more »

Goofs

During the fight scene between Captain Coburn & Corporal Bodine, Bodine throws a punch and follows a left handed cross from Coburn with a right handed cross of his own. The punch clearly misses Coburn by several inches, though Coburn goes reeling back. See more »

Quotes

Col. Homer Reed: Captain, there are two ways to get men through a door; *kick* 'em through, or you can *lead* 'em through.
Capt. Bruce Coburn: That's right, sir. You'll wind up in the same place *anyway*.
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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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Coulda been a contender
7 January 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Here's the bad news about this film. It has a ridiculous narration that keeps telling us what we don't need to be told. And the music is hit or miss, sometimes appropriate to what's being shown, and sometimes seriously off, sounding like merry go round music when major action is happening.

If those things were corrected, then the rest of the film's flaws are lesser and could have been put up with. The acting is good in some parts and with other actors not quite good enough. The story is OK and has some thrilling bits in the last half.

If you're an Audie Murphy fan, then you may want to watch this, but it's not as good as some of his earlier films.

So sad, why didn't he change over to modern action films.


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