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May 1971 (USA) See more »
Tough men, during hard times, battle for the ultimate weapon.
Doctor Gatling invented a war machine to beat all arrows, and guns. | Add synopsis »
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Guy Stockwell ... Lt. Wayne Malcolm

Robert Fuller ... Pvt. Sneed

BarBara Luna ... Leona (as Barbara Luna)

Woody Strode ... Runner the Scout

Patrick Wayne ... Jim Boland

Pat Buttram ... Tin Pot
Carlos Rivas ... Two-Knife
Tommy Cook ... Pvt. Elwood

Steve Conte ... Pvt. Mitchell
David Cargo ... Cpl. Benton (as David F. Cargo)

John Carradine ... Rev. Harper
Judy Jordan ... Martha Boland

Phil Harris ... Luke Boland
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kalai Strode ... Indian Who Shoots Sneed (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert Gordon 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Mark Hanna  writer
Joseph Van Winkle  writer

Produced by
Giuseppe Balestrieri .... associate producer
Mark Hanna .... associate producer
Oscar Nichols .... producer (as Oscar L. Nichols)
Original Music by
Paul Sawtell 
Bert Shefter 
Cinematography by
Jacques R. Marquette  (as Jacques Marquette)
Film Editing by
Edward Mann 
Costume Design by
Charles Arrico  (as Chuck Arrico)
Robert B. Harris 
Makeup Department
Janice Brunson .... hair stylist (as Jan Brunson)
Dan Greenway .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Nat Holt Jr. .... second assistant director
Mark Sandrich Jr. .... assistant director
Art Department
Bill Dietz .... props
Sound Department
Neal Chastain .... sound effects editor
John R. MacDonald .... boom operator
Al Overton .... sound effects (as Al Overton Sr.)
Special Effects by
Ira Anderson Jr. .... special effects (as Ira H. Anderson)
Whitey Hughes .... stunts (uncredited)
Kalai Strode .... stunt archer (uncredited)
Woody Strode .... stunt archer (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Lloyd Garnell .... chief electrician
Music Department
Erma E. Levin .... music editor (as Erma Levin)
Other crew
George Rutter .... script supervisor
Crew believed to be complete

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93 min
Color (Technicolor)
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The Apache Indians for some reason speak Spanish, though they obviously understand English.See more »


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A motley group of cavalry is pursued and surrounded by Apache Indians commanded by chief Two-knife, 29 February 2012
Author: ma-cortes

The more desperate his fight on the desert's scorching lands , the more adored he was in her arms ¡ Tough men, during hard times, battle for the ultimate weapon , as Indians , cavalry and renegade troops fight over Gatlin gun . Doctor Gatling invented a war machine to beat all arrows, and guns . While pursuing a traitor Pvt Sneed (Robert Fuller , one of the members in ¨The return of Magnificent Seven¨) the Lt. Malcolm (Guy Stockwell , Dean Stockwell's brother and starring in ¨It's alive¨ and ¨Tobruk¨) helped by Runner the Scout (Woody Strode starring in Black Sergeant and other John Ford films , furthermore in various S.W as ¨Keoma¨) along with his patrol find some people , as Luke Boland (Phil Harris) and his family, including his son Jim (Patrick Wayne , John Wayne son) and his gorgeous daughter Martha Boland (Judy Jordan ), who are holed up in a house. The Bolands join up with Malcolm's team . Rifle-toting Malcolm eventually puts the bridle on tight and struggles to win his soldiers respect while warding off violent Indians who besiege the group . One of Luke's friends, Tin Pot (Pat Buttram ) fiddles with the machine gun and after that , he devises a replacement for the firing pin . Malcolm along with a group of soldiers have to defend themselves surrounded by Indians until arrival reinforcements while using the Gatling machine gun . The angry Apaches led by Two-knife (Carlos Rivas usual in Indian roles as Chingachgook in ¨Deerslayer¨) are out on a rampage of killing , seeking vengeance against the white intruders, and with the aim for eliminate them and take the Gatlin machine gun

This is an average , conventional tale with action galore about a hard-bitten officer who goes to hell and back while assembling a detail of misfit cavalrymen to hold-off rampaging Indians and later on regaining the respect of his soldiers . Guy Stockwell and a top-notch secondary-star-cast as Robert Fuller , Barbara Luna , Patrick Wayne and John Carradine ; all of them shine lightly in this oater about a surrounded garrison . Director takes a regularly penned screenplay creating a cavalry-Indians tale that results to be ordinary , exploring the anguish of soldiers and including jarring burst of violence on its final when happens a massacre . It's the habitual theme about an unit stranded by enemies and their grueling efforts to break the siege, issue imitated many other times . This standard Western contains some nice moments though partially unsatisfying and disappointing for the reason of the low-budget and situations with no sense . Lousy cinematography in Techniscope by Jacques Marquette , Roger Corman's usual , it's urgent a fine remastering because the film copy is washed-out . Functional and atmospheric musical score by Paul Sawtell. The motion picture is middling directed by Robert Gordon . He's an expert on Western as Television series : ¨Bonanza¨, ¨Maverick¨, ¨Law of the Plainsmen¨, ¨The Texan¨, ¨Zane Grey¨ as cinema : ¨The rawhide trail¨, ¨Thunder and the pines¨, ¨Black eagle¨ and of course ¨The Gatlin Gun¨ or ¨King Gun¨, his last picture . Rating : 4,5 . Mediocre and forgettable movie .

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