A simple stagecoach trip is complicated by the fact that Geronimo is on the warpath in the area. The passengers on the coach include a drunken doctor, two women, a bank manager who has taken off with his client's money, and the famous Ringo Kid, among others.Written by
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In the film, the stagecoach travels from Tonto, Arizona Territory (central Arizona), to Lordsburg, New Mexico. This is a distance of about 180 miles due southeast. But at one point they cross the Colorado River at Lee's Ferry (about nine miles south of the Utah-Arizona border). This crossing is about 200 miles north of their starting point. Tonto is already east of the Colorado River so there would be no need to cross it and certainly no need to travel 200 miles out of their way to do it. See more »
These hills here are full of Apaches. They've burnt every ranch building in sight.
[referring to Indian scout]
He had a brush with them last night. Says they're being stirred up by Geronimo.
Geronimo? How do we know he isn't lying?
No, he's a Cheyenne. They hate Apaches worse than we do.
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She May Have Seen Better Days
American folk song
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Stagecoach, a great movie, a great western.
I first saw Stagecoach the year it was released 1939, when I was nine years old. I saw it again the other afternoon as a rerun on tv. Despite that technically it is showing it's age, afterall it is 63 years old, and all of it's players are no longer with us, it is still one of the greatest westerns to ever grace a cinema screen. The indian attack, the cavalry to the rescue, the drunken doctor, the bar room floozie with a heart of gold, the gambler, and the hero doing "what a man's got to do" and escaping without a scratch . All the ingredients and more of a classic western but done superbly. Not a scene overplayed, not a (film) shot wasted.
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