The story of president Andrew Jackson from his early years, the film begins when he meets Rachel Donaldson Robards. The plot concentrates on the scandal concerning the legality of their marriage and how they overcame the difficulties.
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
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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 »
Captain Bill North:
Give me your attention. This command is going after Toriano. Now, on my responsibility, we'll take our orders from Mr. Bannon.
I'll make it short. There's only one way to beat the Apache - fight the way he fights... hit and run until he can't run anymore.
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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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