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The Deserter (1971)

GP  |   |  Western  |  25 March 1971 (West Germany)
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Bitter over his wife's death due to what he believes was army negligence, Capt. Viktor Kaleb deserts the cavalry and disappears into the southwestern wasteland. But when marauding Apaches ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bekim Fehmiu ...
Capt. Victor Kaleb
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Maj. Wade Brown
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Reynolds
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Natachai
...
Capt. Crawford
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Ferguson
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Tattinger
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Jackson
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Schmidt
...
Capt. Bill Robinson
Fausto Tozzi ...
Orozco
Mimmo Palmara ...
Chief Mangus Durango
John Alderson ...
O'Toole
Doc Greaves ...
Scott
Lucio Rosato ...
Jed
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Bitter over his wife's death due to what he believes was army negligence, Capt. Viktor Kaleb deserts the cavalry and disappears into the southwestern wasteland. But when marauding Apaches set up a stronghold just out of the cavalry's reach in Mexico, Kaleb is given amnesty in exchange for leading a small band of especially trained soldiers to wipe out the Indian stronghold. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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A savage renegade and the chosen few... they followed him into Hell just for the chance to kill him! See more »

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Western

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Release Date:

25 March 1971 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Ride to Glory  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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(Technicolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Body count: 95. See more »

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Major Wade Brown: Would you care to inspect the fort, General?
General Miles: Hell, no! How do you get a drink around here?
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Hard to get excited over Bekim Fehmiu
14 May 2002 | by (Israel) – See all my reviews

Bekim Fehmiu had got a lot of exposure in _The Adventurers_, so here's Hollywood wondering if it should keep him around as a leading man. He gets a good director and a dream cast of character actors to support him. And there's a line in the script to identify him as a Serb in case you need an explanation of his accent, but the line isn't necessary; his English is fine.

Still, the burden is too much for Bekim. The film is a particularly dark Western. Writer/directory Kennedy, whose other films display a lot of warmth and humor, has given the star little to work with but grief and righteous resentment. You wish the hero well, but he doesn't engage you, and Bekim can't draw the missing sparkle forth from his own personality... not for an American audience, anyway.

We're left with a B movie, a movie that can command your attention but not your love.


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