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Chuka (1967)

Approved | | Western | 23 July 1967 (USA)
While Indians besiege a U.S. Army fort in 1876, residents of the fort a gunfighter, a stagecoach driver, two Mexican women, and a motley company of soldiers try to come to terms with their pasts.


Gordon Douglas


Richard Jessup (novel), Richard Jessup (screenplay)

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Cast overview:
Rod Taylor ... Chuka
Ernest Borgnine ... Sgt. Otto Hahnsbach
John Mills ... Colonel Stuart Valois
Luciana Paluzzi ... Señora Veronica Kleitz
James Whitmore ... Lou Trent
Victoria Vetri ... Señorita Helena Chavez (as Angela Dorian)
Louis Hayward ... Major Benson
Michael Cole ... Spivey
Hugh Reilly Hugh Reilly ... Captain Carrol
Barry O'Hara Barry O'Hara ... Slim - Cook
Joseph Sirola ... Jake Baldwin
Marco Lopez Marco Lopez ... Hanu (as Marco Antonio)
Gerald York Gerald York ... Lieutenant Daly
Herlinda Del Carmen Herlinda Del Carmen ... Indian Girl
Lucky Carson Lucky Carson ... Stage Driver


While Indians besiege a U.S. Army fort in 1876, residents of the fort a gunfighter, a stagecoach driver, two Mexican women, and a motley company of soldiers try to come to terms with their pasts.

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They called him saddle-bum...desert rat...pistolero...but where would they have been without Chuka on that bloody summer's day. See more »




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Release Date:

23 July 1967 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Chuka: The Gunfighter See more »

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1.85 : 1
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During the Indian attack on the fort, Senora Veronica (Lucianna Paluzzi) takes an arrow in the back, however she was standing with her back against a wall at the time. See more »


Sgt. Otto Hansbach: Now you can pull that gun of yours and shoot me where I stand, or you can defend yourself as best you can, because I intend to beat you into the ground with my fists. Now, I'm waiting on ya!
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" He's an Arapaho Dog soldier! You could tear his heart out, he'd tell you nothing "
2 May 2009 | by thinker1691See all my reviews

Among the films of Rod Taylor, one is hard pressed to single any which stand out as wrong for him. This particular film called " Chuka " is right up his alley. The rugged, good looking rough and tumble action hero is right at home in a run down Army post surrounded by frigid miles of empty winter desert. The year is 1876, the place Fort Clandenen, home to an odd collection of misfit soldiers, deserters and questionable officers. The post is commanded by an aging Ex-British Colonel called Stuart Valois. Although disliked by his small command, only one has respect for him. That man is professional soldier Sgt. Otto Kahnsbach. (Ernest Borgnine) Into the shabby excuse of an outpost, looking for a bed is an experienced gunfighter called Chuka. (Rod Taylor) Accompanying him is the overland stage with two Beautiful Spanish women. Senora Veronica Kleitz (Luciana Paluzzi) and (Angela Dorian). With a gathering and ever encircling force of Arapahoes, led by Hanu ( Marco Lopez) a young warrior Chief, his people, ill fed and starving, need the supplies of the fort. The action in the movie is convincing as are the supporting cast. Seasoned actors James Whitmore who plays Lou Trent, the Chief scout, Louis Hayward and Lucky Carson all give fine performances. Despite the interesting stories of the characters, it is Rod Taylor who warrants most of the attention on the screen. Although lacking in cinematic promotion, this story earns the status of Classic western and is therefore recommended viewing. ****

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