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Geronimo: An American Legend (1993)

The story of the Apache chief and his armed resistance to the US Government's subjugation of his people.

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Lt. Charles Gatewood
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Lt. Britton Davis
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City Marshal Joe Hawkins
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Old Nana
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Storyline

The Apache Indians have reluctantly agreed to settle on a US Government approved reservation. Not all the Apaches are able to adapt to the life of corn farmers. One in particular, Geronimo, is restless. Pushed over the edge by broken promises and necessary actions by the government, Geronimo and thirty or so other warriors form an attack team which humiliates the government by evading capture, while reclaiming what is rightfully theirs. Written by Rob Hartill

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A Warrior. A Leader. A Legend. See more »

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Drama | History | Western

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Rated PG-13 for frontier violence | See all certifications »

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10 December 1993 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$13,736,475 (USA)
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(8 channels)| (35 mm prints) (4 channels)| (70 mm prints)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

According to Walter Hill, John Milius' screenplay was more inclusive of Geronimo's early years and Milius was reluctant to revise it so he had it rewritten by Hill and Larry Gross. "This movie certainly presents a heroic view of Geronimo," said Hill. See more »

Goofs

The steam locomotive used to transport the Apache band at the end is an oil burning locomotive. A phony load of wood sits atop the tender's fuel-oil bunker. The engine is making thick black smoke, an indication of an oil fired locomotive. Such thick smoke is an indication of poor fuel burning, something movie directors request, but hardly real-world practice. Properly operated steam locomotives make much less smoke, regardless of whether fuel is wood, coal, or oil. See more »

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1st Lt. Charles B. Gatewood: 1st. Lieutenant Charles B. Gatewood.
1st Lt. Charles B. Gatewood: [speaking in Apache] It is good to see the great warrior.
Geronimo: [speaking in Apache] You speak pretty good Apache.
2nd Lt. Britton Davis: 2nd Lieutenant Britton Davis, 6th Cavalry.
1st Lt. Charles B. Gatewood: You are now under the protection of the United States Army.
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Referenced in Leprechaun 2 (1994) See more »

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Deal Gently With Thy Servants, Lord
Performed by The Boston Camerata, Schola Cantorum (as The Schola Cantorum of Boston)
Joel Cohen, Director; Frederick Jodry, Director
Courtesy of Erato Disques S.A.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Accurate? Who Cares? Just Enjoy It.
8 October 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

How much of this is true, I cannot say. Perhaps I should do some research on it knowing how "accurate" most Hollywood historical films tend to be. For years, the white man was always the good guy; the Indian, the bad guy. Then came, the present day "political correctness" era where the Indian is the good guy and the white man is the bad guy. Frankly, I don't care in this case because this movie is simply a very entertaining film that is enjoyable to watch....and that's what movies are supposed to be: entertaining.

What makes it so entertaining?

1) a very interesting saga of the famous Apache Geronimo, fighting for his people and also living a life dedicated to revenge; 2) A great portrayal of him by actor Wes Studi, who has the perfect face and voice for the role; 3) a very solid all-male cast, with memorable leads played by Jason Patric, Robert Duvall, Gene Hackman and Matt Damon; 4) wonderful golden-hued cinematography, filmed in the mountainous area of Moab, Utah; 5) Not excessive violence nor a lot of profanity, rare for a Walter Hill directed movie. This is one of the stylish Hill's classier efforts. 6) Good sound if you have the DVD and a surround sound system.

Yes, this leans in the PC class with big-time leanings toward the Indian cause, but the Apache people apparently had a good case for their cause, at least with Geronimo's convincing question near the end of the movie: "There is plenty of land. Why do you want it all?"


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