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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
...
Cpt. Crawford
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Ferguson
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Tattinger
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Jackson
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Schmidt
...
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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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 »

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

GP | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

25 March 1971 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Ride to Glory  »

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Body count: 95. See more »

Quotes

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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Only thing missing is Ennio Morrocone ........
22 February 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Totally acceptable Italian western utilizing many American character actors. My only gripes are the weirdly inappropriate score, and Indians who look suspiciously like Europeans. John Huston easily steals every scene as the Calvary General who doesn't mind sending Bekim Fehmiu and his band of misfits on a suicide mission. The desert scenery is exceptional, the acting passable, and the action strong. This film has some very sharp editing, thus eliminating scenes that would do little to move the story forward. It is also one of the least predictable westerns I have seen. Put this all together and you have a rarely viewed film, that deserves far more attention. - MERK


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