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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 ...
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Victor Aaron ...
Stuart Proud Eagle Grant ...
Sgt. Dutchy
Capt. Hentig
City Marshal Joe Hawkins
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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)  »

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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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Patric showed his considerable horsemanship in the scene where he has a one-on-one showdown with an Apache warrior. Patrick goes from laying across his horse prone on the ground, to ordering the horse back onto its feet while he mounts it as it quickly rolls upright - rifle in one hand, reins in the other. See more »


When confronted in the Mexican cantina, Schoonover states that he is from Brewster County, TX. Brewster did not exist until it was marked off from Presidio County in February 1887, whereas this scene is set prior to Geronimo's surrender in September 1886. 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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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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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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