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.

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Cast

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

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Adventure | Western

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18 October 1972 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La venganza de Ulzana  »

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$1,200,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The UK DVD release has been re-edited to remove all instances of horses being trip-wired. According to the British Board of Film Classification, such a tactic contravenes the 1937 Cinematograph Act (following the carnage of the flying W in "The Charge of the Light Brigade") which forbids the ill-treatment of any animal in the making of a film (although some stuntmen claim that the method can be performed without harming any horses). 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: Do you hate Apaches, Mr. McIntosh?
McIntosh: No.
Lt. Harry Garnett DeBuin: Well, I do.
McIntosh: Well, it might not make you happy, Lieutenant, but it sure won't make you lonesome. Most white folks hereabout feel the same way you do.
Lt. Harry Garnett DeBuin: Why don't you feel that way?
McIntosh: It would be like hating the desert because there ain't no water in it. For now, I can get by being plenty scared of 'em.
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Taking a Man's Power
18 December 2005 | by (Columbus,OH USA) – See all my reviews

The only reason I have not given this movie a "10" is that I might find something wrong with it on subsequent viewings. If anybody knows of this film being available widescreen, unedited, and not bootlegged, let me know where. My high definition TV does not forgive picture flaws. Otherwise I will be patient for a remaster. As someone who is an amateur historian of the Indian wars, I can tell you this is the most accurate dramatization of the campaign against the Apaches ever filmed. Accurate history is presented in the fact that the Apaches were the dominant tribe of the southwest {the Comanches in Texas might have been their rival}. Ask the Puebloes, who actually welcomed the white man, as a buffer against the Apache. The Apache dominated the southwest long before the Spanish ever showed up. Their spiritual philosophy of "taking a man's power" was shared by other warlike Indian tribes all the way to the east coast {see "Last of the Mohicans", Mann's version}. The film manages to also be great western drama as well as a history lesson.There is no moral judgment, only the way it was. The cast is superb.Lancaster, Davidson, The Hispanic Indian actors. Richard Jaeckel, and Karl Swenson {two workhorse character actors, who turned in performances of a lifetime}. All these guys plus director Aldrich and the writers knew they were working on something special. Even the PC edited version is worth seeing. A great Cavalry/Indian western, maybe the best!


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