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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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Release Date:
23 July 1967 (USA) See more »
They called him saddle-bum...desert rat...pistolero...but where would they have been without Chuka on that bloody summer's day. See more »
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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  (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
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
Color (Pathécolor)
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Helena Chavez:Tell me Señor, are you as bad as they say?
Chuka:No man is as bad as they say, Señorita.
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18 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
Better Than Average Hollywood Western, 11 July 2005
Author: Richard Green ( from New Haven County, Connecticut

Just recently I found a video store in New Haven County where fine old westerns can be had on VHS. One of the ones I had long wanted to see was "CHUKA" or Chuka: the Gunfighter, from 1967.

The video transfer was high quality and so watching this movie on tape was an enjoyable experience. Luciana Paluzzi is stunningly beautiful.

Indeed, Chuka is something of a Hollywood fantasy but the tone and the settings of the story are fairly well done.

Both Paluzzi and her niece, played by Victoria Vetri ( as Angela Dorian ), do very well in this western oddity. Ernest Borgnine is good as ever, at being Ernest Borgnine. Rod Taylor was also very good and very believable as the cowpuncher turned hardened hired killer.

The most interesting part of the story was about how Fort Clendennon became a dumping ground for misfits, rejects, and bad officers. This is a well-known but seldom portrayed part of the truth of how the U.S. Army operated in the late 1870's. It is true that in this fiction, many of the soldiers and civilians seem to be just a little too clean for that day and age, but it doesn't really detract from the rapid pace of the events in this drama.

Additionally, the extreme deprivation imposed on the Arapaho tribal nation by the Army at this time is another important element. The "injuns" are rather cartoonish in their depictions but at least some aspects of their true grievances are relayed in the plot.

Perhaps this Chuka -- pronounced Chuck-Uh -- is a lot more savvy than circumstances in that day and age might have permitted, but Rod Taylor does really well at being fast-as-lightning and very tough.

This film gets a vote of 7 from me, which was really a six with a kicker for the beautiful Vetri and the beautiful Paluzzi.

Many of the better westerns have been good about presenting the Mexican culture of that time in a favorable light, and this is one of them, and neither Vetri nor Paluzzi appear as simply being "eye candy" for a rough-and-tumble western. The dinner sequence where Colonel Valois rakes his officers over the coals and embarrasses them all is a piece-de-resistance in western drama. Other elements are not so convincing but this is fun way to see a good western drama from a by-gone era of movie making.

Chuka derives its power from the high quality of the story on which it is based. I can recommend it heartily for western fans, for Victoria Vetri fans, and for Rod Taylor's excellent, dynamic performance.

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