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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 overview, first billed only:
Bekim Fehmiu ...
Capt. Victor Kaleb
Maj. Wade Brown
Capt. Crawford
Capt. Bill Robinson
Fausto Tozzi ...
Mimmo Palmara ...
Chief Mangus Durango
John Alderson ...
Doc Greaves ...
Lucio Rosato ...


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 <>

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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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Release Date:

25 March 1971 (West Germany)  »

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Ride to Glory  »

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2.35 : 1
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Body count: 95. See more »


Captain Viktor Kaleb: O'Toole made two mistakes. He didn't test his skills...
Cpt. Crawford: And he yelled when he was falling.
Captain Viktor Kaleb: An Apache wouldn't.
Cpt. Crawford: Damn it! If a man is dying, he has a right to be a little bit disturbed by it!
Captain Viktor Kaleb: Not if he cares anything about the men he was with.
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A Nixon Doctrine Spaghetti western with Rambo in buckskins...
21 June 2004 | by (Kansas City, MO) – See all my reviews

What can I say about this film?

Well, it has to be first Nixon doctrine spaghetti western with a frustrated general complaining about the rules of engagement that prevent him launching a search-and-destroy mission on an Apache stronghold in Mexico (Hmmmm...substitute Apaches for the Vietcong and Mexico for Vietnam...) It even has a buckskin Rambo, that being Captain Kaleb, who wants to take out the entire Apache nation after his wife is murdered.

Well, this gets me to the movie. It is one of those movie that used to get made in the Sixties and Early Seventies where scores of actors are assembled in various stock roles, with a screenplay that has recycled every action movie convention without much spark or imagination. And then there's Bekim Fehmiu. I've seen more vivid performances from driftwood.

In short, it's one of those movies you watch on a Saturday afternoon, when nothing else is on and pay very little attention to it.

The only exception I would have to make it for Piero Piccioni's score. It's got that cheezy late sixties jazz thing going on (apologies to Dennis Miller..)

Other than that, it is nothing terribly memorable...

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