A U.S. general is teaching Apaches European military tactics, so Paladin is hired by military intelligence to capture or kill the deserter. The general's Apache wife was raped by his own ...
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A U.S. general is teaching Apaches European military tactics, so Paladin is hired by military intelligence to capture or kill the deserter. The general's Apache wife was raped by his own troops, so now General Nunez's combined forces with her tribe near Alamogordo to start a war against the U.S. Cavalry. Paladin served with the General in the Union Army, and is skeptical about the fierce, All Army ex-Indian fighter. Written by
Long before Joseph Conrad's novel "Heart of Darkness" was brilliantly re-made as "Apocalypse Now" we were presented with this Wild West version.
Colonel Nunez, a once-esteemed Cavalry Officer, has an enormous axe to grind with the U.S. Army --- possibly stemming from a suspicion that his Hispanic roots have hindered his own advancement. His marriage to an Apache woman seems clearly to have been meant to shock the Establishment as he obviously does not love his bride, but her subsequent rape (which he may have even facilitated) gives him the perfect excuse to turn rogue and start training his own Apache Army in the wilderness.
Like Conrad's Kurtz, Nunez feels only contempt for the "savages" he now leads. But unlike Kurtz, Nunez is not viewed as a god by his recruits. They see him for exactly what he is -- a delusional, pathetic old man whose military genius they fully intend to exploit.
Paladin. in the role of Conrad's hired man-hunter Marlow, tries to reason with the man he once admired, convincing Nunez to return and face desertion charges, but finds himself unable to penetrate Nunez's deepening madness. A truly intriguing "adaptation" of a Classic!
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