MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 7,839 this week

Ulzana's Raid (1972)

7.1
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.1/10 from 3,011 users  
Reviews: 52 user | 19 critic

After fierce war chief Ulzana and a small war party jump the reservation bent on murder and terror, an inexperienced young lieutenant is assigned to track him down.

Director:

Writer:

0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 36 titles
created 21 Jun 2011
 
a list of 40 titles
created 09 Aug 2011
 
a list of 31 titles
created 28 May 2012
 
a list of 25 titles
created 20 Mar 2013
 
a list of 21 titles
created 3 months ago
 

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Ulzana's Raid (1972)

Ulzana's Raid (1972) on IMDb 7.1/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Ulzana's Raid.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Vera Cruz (1954)
Adventure | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

During the Mexican Rebellion of 1866, an unsavory group of American adventurers are hired by the forces of Emporer Maximilian to escort a countess to Vera Cruz.

Director: Robert Aldrich
Stars: Gary Cooper, Burt Lancaster, Denise Darcel
Adventure | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9/10 X  

A bounty hunting scam joins two men in an uneasy alliance against a third in a race to find a fortune in gold buried in a remote cemetery.

Director: Sergio Leone
Stars: Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach, Lee Van Cleef
Face to Face (1967)
Adventure | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

History Professor Brad Fletcher heads west for his health, but falls in with Soloman Bennett's outlaw gang. Fascinated by their way of life, Fletcher finally takes over the gang, leading ... See full summary »

Director: Sergio Sollima
Stars: Tomas Milian, Gian Maria Volonté, William Berger
Adventure | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Capt. Richard Lance is unjustly held responsible, by his men and girlfriend, for an Indian massacre death of beloved Lt. Holloway. Holloway is killed while escorting a dangerous Indian ... See full summary »

Director: Gordon Douglas
Stars: Gregory Peck, Barbara Payton, Ward Bond
Drum Beat (1954)
Western | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

President Grant orders Indian fighter MacKay to negotiate with the Modocs of northern California and southern Oregon. On the way he must escort Nancy Meek to the home of her aunt and uncle.... See full summary »

Director: Delmer Daves
Stars: Alan Ladd, Audrey Dalton, Marisa Pavan
Adventure | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A pair of grizzled frontiersmen fight indians, guzzle liquor, and steal squaws in their search for a legendary valley 'so full of beaver that they jump right into your traps' in this ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Lang
Stars: Charlton Heston, Brian Keith, Victoria Racimo
Renegade (2004)
Adventure | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

Alledged wayward adolescent Louisiana gentleman Michael 'Mike' Blueberry is dumped by his family with a Wild West uncle. The brute's only 'motivation' is a stick. After a nearly fatal ... See full summary »

Director: Jan Kounen
Stars: Vincent Cassel, Michael Madsen, Juliette Lewis
Adventure | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

In 1877 Western Canada, a police inspector revolts against his inept commander, and takes a safer route to the US boarder to stop invading hostile Indians.

Director: Raoul Walsh
Stars: Alan Ladd, Shelley Winters, J. Carrol Naish
The Texican (1966)
Adventure | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Wanted north of the border, Jess Carlin resides safely in Mexico. Then he hears his brother was killed in a gunfight with another man. Knowning his brother never carried a gun he heads ... See full summary »

Director: Lesley Selander
Stars: Audie Murphy, Broderick Crawford, Diana Lorys
Certificate: GP Adventure | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

In the early 1800's, a group of fur trappers and Indian traders are returning with their goods to civilisation and are making a desperate attempt to beat the oncoming winter. When guide ... See full summary »

Director: Richard C. Sarafian
Stars: Richard Harris, John Huston, Henry Wilcoxon
Adventure | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Old Surehand and his faithful old friend Old Wabble are on the trail of a cold-blooded killer with the nickname 'The General'. The brother of Old Surehand was murdered by him. On the way ... See full summary »

Director: Alfred Vohrer
Stars: Stewart Granger, Pierre Brice, Larry Pennell
Adventure | Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Trapper Flint Mitchell and other mountain men from the Rendezvous join forces to enter virgin trapping territory but must contend with a resentful Blackfoot chief.

Director: William A. Wellman
Stars: Clark Gable, Ricardo Montalban, John Hodiak
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
McIntosh
...
Lt. Garnett DeBuin
Jorge Luke ...
Ke-Ni-Tay
...
Sergeant
...
Ulzana (as Joaquin Martinez)
Lloyd Bochner ...
Capt. Charles Gates
...
Willy Rukeyser
Douglass Watson ...
Maj. Cartwright
Dran Hamilton ...
Mrs. Riordan
John Pearce ...
Corporal
Gladys Holland ...
Mrs. Rukeyser
Margaret Fairchild ...
Mrs. Abbie Ginsford
Aimée Eccles ...
McIntosh's Indian Woman (as Aimee Ecclés)
...
Ginsford
Otto Reichow ...
Steegmeyer
Edit

Storyline

Report reaches the US cavalry that the Apache leader Ulzana has left his reservation with a band of followers. A compassionate young officer, Lieutenant DeBuin, is given a small company to find him and bring him back; accompanying the troop is McIntosh, an experienced scout, and Ke-Ni-Tay, an Apache guide. Ulzana massacres, rapes and loots across the countryside; and as DeBuin encounters the remains of his victims, he is compelled to learn from McIntosh and to confront his own naiveté and hidden prejudice. Written by David Levene <D.S.Levene@durham.ac.uk>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

One man alone understood the savagery of the early American west from both sides. See more »

Genres:

Adventure | Western

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Release Date:

18 October 1972 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ulzana's Raid  »

Box Office

Budget:

$1,200,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Robert Aldrich privately admitted that he wasn't entirely satisfied with the way the film turned out. See more »

Goofs

When the platoon sets out from the fort, Macintosh's Indian girlfriend is watching them depart, with her face half-hidden by the shawl she is holding tightly under her nose. The next shot cuts straight to a close up of her face, but her hands are not in view and more of her face is hidden by the shawl. See more »

Quotes

Lt. Harry Garnett DeBuin: You know Ulzana?
Ke-Ni-Tay: His wife my wife's sister.
Lt. Harry Garnett DeBuin: Sisters?
Ke-Ni-Tay: His wife ugly. My wife, not so ugly.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Golden Girls: Big Daddy (1986) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Maybe you don't want to think of the white man being savage like the Apache?
27 July 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Apache renegade Ulzana goes on a murder raid, hot on his trail is a posse of cavalrymen. Led by the young and inexperienced Lt. Garnett DeBuin, the cavalrymen in order to survive and defeat Ulzana, must rely on the help of tough old scout McIntosh and his trusty Indian friend, Ke-Ni-Tay.

Directed masterfully by Robert Aldrich (The Dirty Dozen & The Longest Yard), Ulzana's Raid is just shy of being an uncompromising masterpiece. There is no pandering to political correctness here, this is showing the bitter hostility of the Indian war, torture and murderous inclination is the order of the day. The allegories to Vietnam are hard to ignore as our band of men are struggling out in the wilderness against Ulzana's hostile raiders, the sprawling mountainous landscape another tool to the already handily equipped Apache.

What lifts Ulzana's Raid high above many of its contemporaries is its on the money dialogue. A wonderfully complex script from Alan Sharp manages to make all the characters intriguing and deserving of further delving. The Apache are savage, and Aldrich doesn't flinch from showing this, but they are afforded respect, and crucially, understanding. Ulzana's Raid could quite easily have been a one sided blood letting exercise in Western folklore, but it isn't. The motives and attitudes of the white man party is there for all to scrutinise, with much attention to detail given as the many conversations bring rich and rewarding results to the discerning viewer. From the off it's evident that McIntosh & DeBuin have vastly different views of Ulzana's actions, but as the film moves forward; all manner of questions leap out, be it Christian values, racial hatred or merely imperialistic trust; all parties involved are hurtling towards the final reckoning.

Burt Lancaster is perfect as McIntosh, grizzled and carrying a frame made for such a rigorous terrain. Playing DeBuin is Bruce Davison, boyish charm fused expertly with unwanted bravado, while stealing the film is Jorge Luke as Ke-Ni-Tay. A performance of great depth that holds and binds the picture brilliantly. Sadly this film has been a victim of much interference over the years, (studio and Lancaster himself to blame), so much so there is thought to be about 6 cuts of the film out there in the home entertainment world. Thankfully we are now able to get a cut of the film that is almost complete, but still there remains to this day no definitive full cut of the film. German (the version I own) and Australian releases proclaim to have it uncut, but that's not accurate because there is still some three minutes missing from the very first cut of it: including a quite crucial sequence involving Sergeant and Trooper Miller. Still, it has to be said that even with 3 minutes chopped out of it, Ulzana's Raid is still a grim and brilliant piece of work. Showing the savagery from both sides of the fence, Aldrich and his team refuse to cop out and pander to formula. 9/10


10 of 10 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Falling Horses davidwbird
Now available on Universal MOD catmantu
Bought GERMAN DVD, COVER States German Title, But disc is called Ulzana' Buffdaddy123
1972 haradoka
Vietnam? babyhuey92
Very good - 4 out of 5 action rating scheelj1
Discuss Ulzana's Raid (1972) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?