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Arrowhead (1953)

Passed | | Drama, Romance, Western | 3 August 1953 (USA)
Chief of Scouts Ed Bannon works for the US Army at Fort Clark, Texas and he dreams of aiding in bringing peace to the region, despite opposition from both the Army and the Apaches.

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Charles Marquis Warren (screenplay), W.R. Burnett (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Charlton Heston ... Ed Bannon
Jack Palance ... Toriano
Katy Jurado ... Nita
Brian Keith ... Capt. Bill North
Mary Sinclair Mary Sinclair ... Lela Wilson
Milburn Stone ... Sandy MacKinnon
Richard Shannon Richard Shannon ... Lt. Kirk
Lewis Martin Lewis Martin ... Col. Weybright
Frank DeKova ... Chief Chattez (as Frank de Kova)
Robert J. Wilke ... Sgt. Stone (as Robert Wilke)
Peter Coe ... Spanish
James Anderson ... Jerry August (as Kyle James)
John Pickard ... John Gunther (as John M. Pickard)
Pat Hogan ... Jim Eagle
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Storyline

Chief of Scouts Ed Bannon narrowly avoids an Apache ambush while working with the cavalry stationed at Fort Clark, Texas. The US Army is trying to talk peace with the Apaches and move them to reservations in Florida, and they take Bannon's efforts as detrimental to their new policies, so they fire him. When the Apache chief's son Torinada returns from an Eastern education, Bannon becomes highly suspicious of his motives based run-ins with Torinada in the past. Bannon continues shadowing the proceedings to the chagrin of both the US Army and the Apache warrior. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Real Heroes of the West!

Genres:

Drama | Romance | Western

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 August 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Adobe Walls See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$2,640,000, 31 December 1953
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Nat Holt Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The character "Ed Bannon" is partially based on Al Sieber, Chief of Scouts of the United States Army in the Southwest, according to the legend that appears at the end of the film, but there are several significant differences between Bannon and Sieber. The fictional Bannon was raised by Apache's but Sieber was born in Germany (in 1844) and raised in New York. Bannon has an antipathy toward Native Americans, especially Apaches, which Sieber did not. Ironically, according to those who knew him, he didn't particularly like whites and preferred the company of Native Americans. Sieber, a Civil War veteran, became chief of scouts for the U.S. Army at the San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation in 1870. He led the Apache scouts who helped to track down and capture Geronimo in Mexico, and reportedly survived 29 arrow and gunshot wounds during his life. In 1907, he was killed in an accident while working as the foreman of a Native American road-building crew. Sieber spoke German, English, Spanish, Apache and at least one other Native American language. He mentored Tom Horn who was also a scout for the army and became multi-lingual under Sieber's tutelage. See more »

Goofs

There actually was a Ghost Dance movement, it was a religious revival of Native Americans in 1890, but it did not involve Apaches, who inhabited mainly the Southwest (Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, etc.). It was popular among the Lakota (Sioux) of the Northern Plains. See more »

Quotes

Ed Bannon: Apaches don't like horses, Sergeant. They ride 'em until they drop, kill 'em and eat 'em and then steal some more.
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the story of a scout who hated the Apaches.
26 August 2006 | by tmwestSee all my reviews

This is a western told from a very angry and bitter point of view. The story is about Ed Bannon (Charlton Heston), a scout who hates the Apaches. He keeps warning the soldiers that want to make peace, and when Toriano (Jack Palance) who is an Apache that went to school in the east, comes back, all of Heston's warnings seem to materialize. At a certain moment when they are being humiliated by being given name tags, not in an dignified way, Heston does not show any feelings, on the contrary, he still provokes them. He is far from being a "good guy" so you can't say this film is racist, it just shows two sides at war with each other. Katy Jurado is a sexy Mexican, half Apache. Charles Marquis Warren, who directed, wrote one of my favorite westerns "Only the Valiant".


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