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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 ...
Captain Victor Kaleb
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Major Wade Brown
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Reynolds
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Natachai
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Cpt. Crawford
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Ferguson
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Tattinger
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Jackson
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Schmidt
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Cpt. Bill Robinson
Fausto Tozzi ...
Orozco
Mimmo Palmara ...
Chief Mangus Durango
John Alderson ...
O'Toole
Doc Greaves ...
Scott
Lucio Rosato ...
Jed
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Storyline

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 »

Quotes

Tattinger: What's that dog doing?
Captain Viktor Kaleb: Get away from there!
Tattinger: Why, he was fixin' to eat that
[dead]
Tattinger: Indian!
Captain Viktor Kaleb: One tried to eat him once.
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A good but violent revenge western
25 May 2003 | by (Virginia) – See all my reviews

This cavalry-Indian western has a great veteran cast, an international flavor, beautiful scenery and plenty of action. An army captain discovers his wife tortured and murdered by Apaches and deserts but is later persuaded to train soldiers to undertake a seek-and-destroy mission against the Indians. Old antagonisms and resentments resurface as the special unit sets out on its mission, and there is as much fighting among the the soldiers as there is against the Apaches in this graphic, violent film. Bekim Fehmiu isn't bad in this adventure but his character is one-dimensional in his vengeance quest against the Indians. The film has beautiful western vistas, even if it was filmed in Europe and great character actors put the movie over the top in this wild but interesting film.


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