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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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lt. Charles Gatewood
Lt. Britton Davis
Carlos Palomino ...
Sgt. Turkey
Victor Aaron ...
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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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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?


The film had a mixed reception from critics, but was praised by Native American groups. 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 »


Geronimo: No guns, No bullets could ever kill me. That was my power... Now my time is over.
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Referenced in Leprechaun 2 (1994) See more »


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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No heroes on both sides
23 August 2002 | by (Stein, Germany) – See all my reviews

This underrated Western (in Germany Hills picture disappears after one week from the cinema) convinces with an excellent script (I realize again, John Milius is much better in writing as directing), a stunning photography and outstanding performances of the lead characters. Studi is great, a wonderful study of pride and his understanding that he never can win his war against white men. Especially this poetic and realistic movie is by comparison with other Indian sagas not a fairy tale from far west. Hill tells the truth and so we see only desperate people and no heroes - on both sides. Great - a must see for fans. I give 8 out of 10 stars.

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