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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 ...
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  »

Filming Locations:


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 »


Brig. Gen. George Crook: A lot of white-eyes want to see Geronimo hanged for murder.
Geronimo: Not murder. War. Many bad things happen in war.
Brig. Gen. George Crook: How many white-eye did you kill since you left Turkey Creek?
Geronimo: Maybe fifty. Maybe more. How many Apaches do you kill?
Brig. Gen. George Crook: You killed women and children.
Geronimo: So did you.
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Featured in A Century of Cinema (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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A worthile and incisive film on this subject.
29 January 2001 | by (Winston Salem, NC, USA) – See all my reviews

'Let's start with this: All written history is revisionist. The actual events are revisited and revised in the perspective of the "re-visitor." That said, this remarkably well written, well acted, and generally well executed movie is likely the best account of the "Geronimo Campaign" out there. Head and shoulders above much of the other junk out there about this important American figure. It is, to boot, beautifully filmed and deftly directed. And the narrative approach worked perfectly with this subject. Well worth a couple of viewing hours by anyone who sincerely wants to know what was up with all that.'

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