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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:
Bekim Fehmiu ...
Capt. Victor Kaleb
...
Maj. Wade Brown
...
Reynolds
...
Natchai - Indian Scout
...
British Army Capt. Crawford
...
Lt. Ferguson
...
Tattinger - American Scout
...
Jackson
...
Schmidt
...
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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The Deserter and his blood bath brigade -- they drenched the west with terror! See more »

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Western

Certificate:

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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)

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(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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In his autobiography "Hollywood Trail Boss", Burt Kennedy states that Dino De Laurentiis offered him a Rolls-Royce if he would do an uncredited script rewrite. See more »

Quotes

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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What a cast!!!!!!
23 March 2002 | by (sweetwater,tenn.) – See all my reviews

Chuck Conners,Albert Salmi,Woody Strode,Pat Wayne,Slim Pickens,Ricardo Montalban.Sound like a good show?How about throwing in a little Richard Crenna and John Huston.Mix it all together with international star Bekim Fehmiu and you have the "Deserter".You have seen it before and if you take time, you will see it again.A worthwhile oater that is very watchable(The gatling gun scene that has the cast looking right at you),and enjoyable.I have to agree w/previous comment of the film being too short and not getting to know the charactors very well(they were good and could have been great!).This however was a Dino de Laurentis production,and he doesn,t do westerns very well.Check it out anyway.


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