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When an army scout retires to a farm in New Mexico he takes pity on a white woman and her half-breed son recently rescued from indians, and invites them to join him. He does this even knowing the child's father is a feared and murderous Apache and that sooner or later a showdown is almost inevitable. Written by
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"You Figure you beat the man . . .you keep the breed?"
"The Stalking Moon" is perhaps one of the finest roles which Gregory Peck made in his career. Few western films evoke the kind of suspense and drama this film presents. Sam Varner is a U.S. Army scout hunting Apaches in the 1880's. His expertise is so keen, the army tries to insist his Indian knowledge is indispensable and unequaled by any white man. This includes the half breed Indian boy, Nick Tana (Robert Forster) whom Varner hopes will replace him as chief scout for the army. The day he retires from the army, Varner is made aware of the discovery of a white captive Sarah Carver, (Eva Marie Saint) found among the Apaches captured in a round-up. Having been taken hostage ten years prior, all she wants now is to escape to a place where her Indian husband cannot find her. Her insistence becomes apparent when Varner learns her boy, is the son of the most notorious and certainly the most dangerous Apache renegade since Geronimo. The deadly duel begins with the most experienced army scout trying to defend the White mother and her child, against an Apache warrior who's name "Salvaje" (Nathaniel Narcisco) is synonymous with " The Moon's Ghost," with a reputation so ruthless a company of soldiers died in a single night trying to fight him. (Noland Clay) plays the Indian Breed and is torn between his Indian Father and White Mother. The movie is enhanced and made more poignant with the tense dramatic action, skilled acting and haunting melody. One is thoroughly captivated with the film and when it reaches it's climax, it's sure to earn the coveted status of Classic. ****
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