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The Stalking Moon (1968)

A sympathetic retired army scout takes-in a white woman and her half-Apache son, not knowing that the boy's father, a murderous renegade Apache, is after them.

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Sam Varner
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Sarah Carver
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Nick Tana
Noland Clay ...
Boy
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Ned
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Major
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Purdue
Lou Frizzell ...
Stationmaster (as Lou Frizell)
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Sgt. Rudabaugh
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Dace
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Doctor
Sandy Brown Wyeth ...
Rachel (as Sandy Wyeth)
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Julio (as Joaquin Martinez)
Boyd 'Red' Morgan ...
Stage Driver Shelby (as Red Morgan)
Nathaniel Narcisco ...
Salvaje
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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 Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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A Western With a Difference - An Exercise in Sheer Suspense and Terror! See more »

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Western

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30 December 1968 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

L'homme sauvage  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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2.35 : 1
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George Stevens was originally slated to direct but bowed out because of script problems. His replacement, Robert Mulligan, had directed Peck to an Oscar in "To Kill a Mockingbird." See more »

Goofs

When the boy is watching Nick ride his horse and then quickly runs down the hill to get closer, he is not breathing hard at all when he reaches his stopping point. See more »

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Sarah Carver: I didn't have the courage to die. I knew what I had to do to stay alive.
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Dark shadows and unseen danger
2 April 2003 | by (Virginia) – See all my reviews

This western was released when Hollywood was about finished with the genre and the film went largely unnoticed. However, the movie is well photographed, with good work by Gregory Peck, although Eva Marie Saint doesn't have much to do in the way of dialogue. Peck is a cavalry scout who quits the military to ranch in New Mexico and takes Saint and her half-breed son with him. Peck and Saint eventually turn up the romantic flames, but her boy is the object of a deadly game of search and destroy. The lad's father, a murderous Apache warrior, wants to reclaim him, and perhaps kill the woman for deserting him. The film has plenty of suspense, creepy shadows, and eerie noises in the dark and at times seems more like a mystery than a western. Most of the action occurs at picture's end, and Fred Karlin's plaintive yet thrilling score builds up the tension as Peck and Salvaje edge towards their showdown.


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