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Taza, Son of Cochise (1954)

Approved | | Action, Drama, Romance | 18 February 1954 (USA)
When peacemaking Apache chief Cochise dies, the Chiricahua Apaches are torn between following Cochise's peace loving son Taza and following the warlike renegade Apache warrior Geronimo.

Director:

Douglas Sirk

Writers:

George Zuckerman (screenplay), Gerald Drayson Adams (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rock Hudson ... Taza
Barbara Rush ... Oona
Gregg Palmer ... Capt. Burnett
Rex Reason ... Naiche (as Bart Roberts)
Morris Ankrum ... Grey Eagle
Eugene Iglesias ... Chato (as Gene Iglesias)
Richard H. Cutting ... Cy Hegan (as Richard Cutting)
Ian MacDonald ... Geronimo
Robert Burton ... Gen. George Crook
Joe Sawyer ... Sgt. Hamma
Lance Fuller ... Lt. Willis
Bradford Jackson Bradford Jackson ... Lt. Richards (as Brad Jackson)
James Van Horn James Van Horn ... Skinya
Charles Horvath ... Kocha
Bob Hoy ... Lobo (as Robert Hoy)
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Storyline

Three years after the end of the Apache wars, peacemaking chief Cochise dies. His elder son Taza shares his ideas, but brother Naiche yearns for war...and for Taza's betrothed, Oona. Naiche loses no time in starting trouble which, thanks to a bigoted cavalry officer, ends with the proud Chiricahua Apaches on a reservation, where they are soon joined by the captured renegade Geronimo, who is all it takes to light the firecracker's fuse... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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He led the Apache nation against Geronimo's pillaging hordes ! See more »


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

18 February 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Son of Cochise See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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Trivia

Although famed Apache war chief Cochise did indeed have a son named Taza, this biopic is a highly fictionalized account of his life. For example, Taza had a son named Nino Cochise (born Ciyo Cochise, who later in his life became an actor and had parts in several early westerns). This film doesn't even mention him. See more »

Goofs

During the battle between the Apaches and the Cavalry, when Captain Burnett (Gregg Palmer) shoots an Apache at the top of a cliff, the Indian clutches his chest, but when his hands fall away there's no hint of a bullet wound or blood. The same thing occurs when Burnett shoots Grey eagle shortly after. See more »

Quotes

Taza: It takes an Apache to watch an Apache.
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Connections

Followed by Broken Arrow (1956) See more »

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One of the great tongue-in-cheek westerns?
28 November 2003 | by laurseneSee all my reviews

Maybe someone knows something more about this: I once read part of an interview with Rock Hudson in which he said that Taza, Son of Cochise was "one of the great tongue-in-cheek westerns of all time." He didn't pursue the pint, so I'm not sure what it is that's tongue-in-cheek about the film. However, Hudson did say that he and Sirk and company had a great time making it. I'd love to find a video of this seldom-seen film and check it out, but perhaps someone has an inkling?


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