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Geronimo: An American Legend (1993)

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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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His name would never be forgotten. 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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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

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



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


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 »


Al Sieber, Chief of Scouts: I'm going to go on down to Tucson and I'm going to get drunk!
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Featured in A Century of Cinema (1994) See more »


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Performed by The Boston Camerata, Schola Cantorum (as The Schola Cantorum of Boston)
Joel Cohen, Director; Frederick Jodry, Director
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By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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A Must-See for Fans of Sandy Epics
23 September 1999 | by (Colorado) – See all my reviews

Echoes of John Ford westerns and 'Lawrence of Arabia' abound, both visually and thematically, in this gripping character study of the relentlessly proud Apache. A career high for Walter Hill and John Milius, this is also an excellent introduction to the ambiguous nature of the Indian Wars, where even the Indian heroes are guilty of killing unarmed men. Wes Studi and Robert Duvall give outstanding performances.

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