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The Devil's Backbone (1971)

The Deserter (original title)
Army deserter Capt. Viktor Kaleb is offered a pardon and reinstatement in the cavalry if he agrees to lead a special forces group in a raid against an Apache stronghold into Mexico.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Capt. Victor Kaleb
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Maj. Wade Brown
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Reynolds
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Natchai - Indian Scout
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British Army Capt. Crawford
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Lt. Ferguson
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Tattinger - American Scout
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Jackson
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Schmidt
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Capt. Bill Robinson
Fausto Tozzi ...
Orozco
Mimmo Palmara ...
Apache 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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25 March 1971 (West Germany)  »

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Ride to Glory  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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2.35 : 1
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When Burt Kennedy came on board, he wanted Henry Fonda, Martin Balsam, Ernest Borgnine or Martin Landau or Karl Malden for the part of Gen. Miles. Malden looked for $250,000 plus $1,500 a day expenses. A much cheaper John Huston got the part. See more »

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Natachai: Before the beginning of time, a great warrior god battled the father of all eagles in the mountain higher than the sky and when he defeated the giant eagle, he sat alone on the mountain. He sat and he soon found that the sorrow of death must come not only in the father of all eagles, but to all men as well. And in his love for all things alive, and for his sorrow for all things dead, he became born again. And when this happened, the eagle came magically to life and soared high within his heart....
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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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