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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 ...
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)  »

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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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Tom Horn and The Apache Kid were not portrayed in "Geronimo, An American Legend" Most sccounts have them as being instrumental in the capture of Geronimo. 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 »


2nd Lt. Britton Davis: As he handed over his weapons, Geronimo simply said: "Once I moved about like the wind. Now I surrender and that is all."
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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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A remarkable film about one of history's most infamous individuals
11 July 2002 | by (Tucson, AZ) – See all my reviews

One of the many films which are overlooked, the stark portrayal of the American Army couldn't have been more refreshing. While we are constantly exposed to the goodness of our forefathers, at least this film proved to be a little diligent to a true portrayal. Anyway, this film was excellent in the scope of its cinematography, scope and powerful script. Sadly, while Jason Patric has done little to enhance his career since this film, at least he shined for a few short moments, particularly in this movie. Wes Studi's performance as Geronimo was superb, adding depth to the legend which few people have only heard about through old wives tales and abridged history books. Robert Duvall and Gene Hackman were both excellent in this film. I also felt Matt Damon was excellent in this film, further giving precedence to the idea of him being a superior actor to his terrible actor-friend in Ben Affleck. A Truly excellent movie.

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