Gunsmoke: The Last Apache (1990)

TV Movie  |  PG-13  |   |  Western  |  18 March 1990 (USA)
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James Arness rides again as Matt Dillon, the US Marshal he made popular in the 1955-75 TV series. In this movie he goes after a renegade Apache named Wolf (Joe Lara) who has taken his ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Chalk Brighton
Beth Yardner (as Amy Stock-Poynton)
Joe Lara ...
Sam Vlahos ...
Gen. Nelson Miles
Lt. Davis
Capt. Harris
Geronimo (as Joaquin Martinez)
Robert Brian Wilson ...


James Arness rides again as Matt Dillon, the US Marshal he made popular in the 1955-75 TV series. In this movie he goes after a renegade Apache named Wolf (Joe Lara) who has taken his daughter captive. As a bargaining chip, Dillon helps two sons of Apache chief Geronimo out of the fort stockade and offers them in trade. Dillon is aided by an Army scout, Chalk Brighton (Kiley). Written by John Sacksteder <>

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Rated PG-13 for violence | See all certifications »




Release Date:

18 March 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der letzte Apache  »

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James Arness and Michael Learned reprise their roles from the original series. See more »


Followed by Gunsmoke: To the Last Man (1992) See more »

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Vintage Gunsmoke
30 July 2004 | by (Lansdowne, VA) – See all my reviews

Cspaced1 - you took the words right out of my mouth: "I liked this movie." Not a classic, but it has enough adventure and emotion to draw you in and hold you to the end.

Unlike Cspaced1, I do remember the Gunsmoke series. I sat and watched the original, half-hour series with my father and my brother, and I found this movie to be a good use for the character of Matt Dillion. The story line is vintage Gunsmoke. It has its quiet moments and its violent moments; it has joy and it has sadness.

As nice as the picture is, I found the writers succumbing to today's tendency for some senseless violence. In the opening scenes of the movie, Matt goes to pick up a letter, and in the process he kills two men who clearly needed killing. But these killings didn't contribute anything to the story. They just hung there. Dillion could have just as easily picked up his letter and left. I find it somewhat disturbing that writers feel they have to do this.

The only thing I found left unsaid in the end is what Matt did after he parted from Wolf. Did he return to his daughter, or did he ride off. The viewer is left hanging in this regard.

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