Geronimo: An American Legend (1993)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, History, Western  |  10 December 1993 (USA)
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The story of the Apache chief and his armed resistance to the US Government's subjugation of his people.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lt. Charles Gatewood
Lt. Britton Davis
Carlos Palomino ...
Sgt. Turkey
Victor Aaron ...
Stuart Proud Eagle Grant ...
Sgt. Dutchy
Capt. Hentig
City Marshal Joe Hawkins
Rino Thunder ...
Old Nana


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 »


Drama | History | Western

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

10 December 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Geronimo  »

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Box Office


$35,000,000 (estimated)


$13,736,475 (USA)

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Sound Mix:

(8 channels)| (35 mm prints) (4 channels)| (70 mm prints)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Jason Patric beat Patrick Swayze and Alec Baldwin to the main role. See more »


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 »


1st Lt. Charles B. Gatewood: That was a great shot!
Geronimo: Not so great, I was aiming for his head.
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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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Above-average historical treatment
6 February 2003 | by (Devon, UK) – See all my reviews

As others have said, this is an excellent example of a revisionist Western, successful both as a 'quest' film and as history. Despite minor examples of the invariable desire of film-makers to embellish events (Al Sieber in fact died years later when a rock rolled on him while he was clearing a road) this is as close as you'll get to a historically and visually accurate movie account of the pursuit of Geronimo.

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