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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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Lt. Charles Gatewood
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Lt. Britton Davis
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Mangas
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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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His name would never be forgotten. See more »

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Drama | History | Western

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Rated PG-13 for frontier violence | See all certifications »

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10 December 1993 (USA)  »

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$35,000,000 (estimated)

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$13,736,475 (USA)
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(8 channels)| (35 mm prints) (4 channels)| (70 mm prints)

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2.35 : 1
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Walter Hill felt the title of the film should have been The Geronimo War. "The conception was you make the film from the last time he came in and broke off and was sent away," he said. "The last time he broke off the reservations. This had been a recurring pattern. I thought that would be more accurate." See more »

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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 »

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2nd Lt. Britton Davis: [narrating] The federal government had forced over 500 Chiricahua to take up residence within Turkey Creek's narrow borders. Corn was the main crop, but the land was not fertile enough for them to be self-sufficient. The Chiricahua had become dependent upon monthly allotments of government supplies for their well-being
Geronimo: Gatewood. You come to visit me.
1st Lt. Charles B. Gatewood: It makes my heart glad to see Geronimo. How's the life of a farmer?
Geronimo: Some Apaches are good farmer. Others miss the old way. I am not good farmer, ...
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Featured in Troldspejlet: Episode dated 21 May 1994 (1994) See more »

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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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Agreeable movie about the famous Indian leader and set on spectacular landscapes
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The film talks upon Geronimo (Wes Studi), chief of Apaches Chiricaguas. The continuous humiliation in reservoir of San Carlos caused the bursting of riots commanded by Geronimo and his group of Indians . They will confront American cavalry in charge of General Crook (Gene Hackman) , but later he'll be replaced by another hardest commander. Two officers (Jason Patrick and Matt Damon) will go out looking for Geronimo to make a peace treatise.

In the film there are wonderful outdoors shot on location in Utah territory , and it displays action , shootouts , violence and though is slow-moving , isn't tiring , neither dreary . The picture is based on historical characters : Geronimo , Cohise and general Crook . At the main and supporting cast are the actors who usually play Indian roles : Wes Studi , Rodney A. Gant , Steve Reeves because being native origin . The motion picture was well directed by Walter Hill , though he never liked the title of the movie "Geronimo: An American Legend" because he never felt the movie was about Geronimo but about the men who had caught Geronimo . He stated there is a longer version to the movie, he was forced to cut it down by 12 minutes ; in his own words, he describes the version as a "damn good" rendition . Director Walter Hill gets too much experience on western genre ,thus : ¨The long riders¨ , ¨Will Bill¨. Besides , he has modern westerns : ¨Streets of fire¨ and ¨Extreme prejudice¨. ¨The Long Riders¨ is deemed to be an excellent movie but ¨Will Bill¨ is considered boring and overlong . ¨Geronimo¨ is similar height to ¨Long Riders¨ . The motion picture didn't obtain success and was a real flop in box office , in spite of the extraordinary sets , glimmer cinematography and atmospheric as well as evocative Ry Cooder's musical score . The movie will appeal to Indian western fans. Rating: good . Well catching.


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