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Chuka (1967)

Approved | | Western | 23 July 1967 (USA)
While Indians besiege a U.S. Army fort in 1876, residents of the fort a gunfighter, a stagecoach driver, two Mexican women, and a motley company of soldiers try to come to terms with their pasts.

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Señorita Helena Chavez (as Angela Dorian)
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Major Benson
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Spivey
Hugh Reilly ...
Captain Carrol
Barry O'Hara ...
Slim - Cook
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Jake Baldwin
Marco López ...
Hanu (as Marco Antonio)
Gerald York ...
Lieutenant Daly
Herlinda Del Carmen ...
Indian Girl
Lucky Carson ...
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While Indians besiege a U.S. Army fort in 1876, residents of the fort a gunfighter, a stagecoach driver, two Mexican women, and a motley company of soldiers try to come to terms with their pasts.

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They called him saddle-bum...desert rat...pistolero...but where would they have been without Chuka on that bloody summer's day. See more »

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Chuka: The Gunfighter  »

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When Chuka (Rod Taylor) takes a lance to his side during the Indian attack, he momentarily grabs the tip of the spear and then suddenly the entire lance is gone. It would be impossible in his condition to remove the lance so quickly. See more »

Quotes

Col. Stuart Valois: It will be wonderful to dine instead of to feed. It seems to be the routine when men in a country like this are isolated. I miss the conversation... the eloquence of dining in mixed company.
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An Historical Landmark in Awfulness---Featuring a Stellar Cast
14 August 2006 | by See all my reviews

This may be one of the strangest A-List movies ever made. It has a superb international cast (U.S., Great Britain, Australia, Italy), but the story is unbearably childish, intolerably boring, and riddled with errors and plot missteps that defy belief. Just a very few: no cashiered foreign officer could possibly get a commission in the U.S. Army, much less rise to the rank of Colonel; no Colonel wears major's leaves as his rank insignia; no Colonel ever commanded a fort consisting of what appears to be no more than a squad of soldiers (not to mention that no frontier fort was ever held by a mere squad); no Americans served in the British Army's Sudan Campaign; Chuka NEVER misses his shots at the rapidly moving Indians, regardless the range and the fact that, rather than aiming, he lunges, throws out, his pistol when firing, which absolutely GUARANTEES a miss; poor Louis Hayward (at the end of his career) agrees to lead a mutiny, which no officer in the U.S. Armed Forces has ever done; there was no concept, ever, of a fort to which were banished incompetent, criminal officers and cast-off, second-rate men (where do they GET ideas like that?)---this could go on forever. Given the idiocies of the plot and parade of one moronic scene after another (e.g., the Commanding Officer going around the dinner table and grievously insulting every single officer in his command), it must be admitted that the highly professional cast did its very best with the hopeless script (written by someone with no knowledge of the military or the American West)---but that was like trying to breathe life into the first 500 pages of the Manhattan telephone directory. Years from now this film---given its stellar cast---will be pondered upon as one of the great mysteries in Hollywood production and film-making.


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