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Apache (1954)

Passed | | Western | 8 October 1954 (Japan)
Refusing to let himself be re-settled on a Florida reservation, Massai, an Apache warrior, escapes his captors and returns to his homeland to become a peaceful farmer.

Director:

Robert Aldrich

Writers:

James R. Webb (written for the screen by), Paul Wellman (novel) (as Paul I. Wellman)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Burt Lancaster ... Massai
Jean Peters ... Nalinle
John McIntire ... Al Sieber
Charles Bronson ... Hondo (as Charles Buchinsky)
John Dehner ... Weddle
Paul Guilfoyle ... Santos
Ian MacDonald ... Clagg
Walter Sande ... Lt. Col. Beck
Morris Ankrum ... Dawson
Monte Blue ... Geronimo
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Storyline

Following the surrender of Geronimo, Massai, the last Apache warrior is captured and scheduled for transportation to a Florida reservation. Instead, he manages to escape and heads for his homeland to win back his girl and settle down to grow crops. His pursuers have other ideas though. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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From the arms of his woman he drew his love... From the thunder winds that roared across his land he drew his strength! This is the story of Massai - the lone Indian brave who held an entire U.S. Army at bay See more »

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Bob Aldrich said that Jean Peters had a personal animosity towards Burt Lancaster. See more »

Goofs

The corn wasn't corn at all but rush, an aquatic plant. You can see the difference between them. The plants have no cob. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Lt. Col. Beck: Do you think he means it this time?
Al Sieber: We'll see.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits: This is the story of Massai, the last Apache warrior. It has been told and re-told until it has become one of the great legends of the Southwest. It began in 1886 with Geronimo's surrender. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Gary Cooper, que estás en los cielos (1980) See more »

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Aldrich adds an extra dimension.
30 November 2011 | by DukeEmanSee all my reviews

Apart from Burt Lancaster's macho warrior performance, this movie is also saved by Robert Aldrich's direction. It's not brilliant in any sense, but pure enough to tell a story with some unique moments that give it his trade mark. Also the subject matter of an Indian being a hero was not common in the 1950s. It was a brave attempt to create empathy for the Indian Warrior, but it was not difficult because Burt Lancaster played it perfectly in a heroic campy style. I know, white folks playing Indigenous roles can sometimes put you off, but because of the time period it was made in, I decided to let it go and enjoy this Western romp because Lancaster is my all time favorite actors, and I was always interested in Aldrich as an accomplish director who had his own style that suited this film to perfection.


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Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 October 1954 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Bronco Apache See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,240,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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