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Chuka -- Throughout the West, one name means action: Chuka! Tension builds for soldiers guarding a besieged prairie fort against Indian attacks. Their nerves are frayed and their spirits are dying. But there's a glimmer of hope: the lone gunfighter who's come to help them is the man called Chuka! Rod Taylor straps on his six-gun in this heroic, hard-hitting western about Chuka, a man of war who's seen enough fighting to know he must keep the brushfires of hatred and violence from erupting again. Acclaimed actors Ernest Borgnine, John Mills, James Whitmore and Louis Hayward join Taylor in this taut tale that emphasizes strong characterizations and meaningful action.

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Director:
Writers:
Richard Jessup (novel)
Richard Jessup (screenplay)
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Release Date:
23 July 1967 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Of his kind Chuka's the best there is. At fighting. At loving. And when it had to be - at killing!
Plot:
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. | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Rod Taylor ... Chuka

Ernest Borgnine ... Sgt. Otto Hahnsbach

John Mills ... Colonel Stuart Valois

Luciana Paluzzi ... Señora Veronica Kleitz

James Whitmore ... Lou Trent

Victoria Vetri ... Señorita Helena Chavez (as Angela Dorian)

Louis Hayward ... Major Benson

Michael Cole ... Spivey
Hugh Reilly ... Captain Carrol
Barry O'Hara ... Slim - Cook

Joseph Sirola ... Jake Baldwin
Marco López ... Hanu (as Marco Antonio)
Gerald York ... Lieutenant Daly
Herlinda Del Carmen ... Indian Girl
Lucky Carson ... Stage Driver
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ford Rainey ... Captain Robert R. Foster (uncredited)

Directed by
Gordon Douglas 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Richard Jessup  novel
Richard Jessup  screenplay

Produced by
Jack Jason .... producer
Rod Taylor .... producer
 
Original Music by
Leith Stevens 
 
Cinematography by
Harold E. Stine (director of photography) (as Harold Stine)
 
Film Editing by
Bob Wyman  (as Robert Wyman)
 
Art Direction by
Tambi Larsen  (as Tambi Larson)
Hal Pereira 
 
Set Decoration by
Robert R. Benton  (as Robert Benton)
Jack Mills 
 
Costume Design by
Edith Head 
 
Makeup Department
Nellie Manley .... hair styles supervisor
Wally Westmore .... makeup supervisor
 
Production Management
John R. Coonan .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ray Kellogg .... second unit director
Howard Roessel .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Garry A. Harris .... sound recordist
John Wilkinson .... sound recordist
Howard Beals .... sound editor (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Paul K. Lerpae .... special photographic effects
 
Stunts
Fred Hakim .... stunts (uncredited)
Bob Herron .... stunts (uncredited)
Bill Shannon .... stunts (uncredited)
Roy N. Sickner .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
David Macdonald .... grip
Irmin Roberts .... photography: second unit
 
Music Department
Herbert W. Spencer .... orchestrator (as Herbert Spencer)
Van Cleave .... orchestrator (as Nathan Van Cleave)
 
Other crew
Leon Charles .... dialogue coach
Fred Hakim .... assistant to producers
 

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105 min
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Color (Pathécolor)
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Quotes:
Col. Stuart Valois:How many men have you killed?
Chuka:I stopped counting at sixteen.
Col. Stuart Valois:Were they fair fights? Mr. Chuka! Where they fair fights?
Chuka:Fifteen were fair.
Col. Stuart Valois:And what is fair to you, Mr. Chuka
Chuka:They were facing me. They had a chance at me.
Col. Stuart Valois:And the sixteenth?
Chuka:I shot him in the back of the head. But like the doctor here, I can't prove that he stuck a knife in me and was stealing my horse.
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9 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Unsatisfying oddity, 4 November 2005
Author: Marlburian from United Kingdom

Chuka is an unusual and unsatisfying Western with a plot that several times reminds one of Beau Geste. It starts with the US Cavalry retrieving their comrades' bodies at a fort that has been overwhelmed by Indians and then flashes back to portray the events that led up to the massacre.

John Mills usually plays a sympathetic character but as Colonel Valois he has no redeeming feature at all, even at the end he stands apparently helpless as his ragtag soldiers fight off the Indian attack. (One wonders why a colonel has such a small command, which seems to total barely 40 men, and the fort itself is small enough to fit conveniently into a studio.) It is hard to find much to like about most of the cast, but then the members are playing unlikeable people. Rod Taylor as the gunslinger Chaka shows his good side in the opening scenes when he offers his food to starving Indians but drives a hard bargain when his scouting expertise is needed. Louis Hayward, looking a bit like the British character actor Terry-Thomas, pays for the services of an Indian girl. Only Ernest Borgnine, appearing larger than one usually visualises him, makes much of a screen impact, and his character is one of the few who seems not to have an unfortunate past.

The two Mexican ladies marooned at the post after rashly travelling across country in a stagecoach are an intrusion into the plot (but then I often groan at the contrived introduction of glamorous women into an environment that in real life would be all-male).

All in all, a disappointing oddity.

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