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The Stalking Moon (1968)

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A sympathetic retired army scout takes-in a white woman and her half-Apache son, not knowing that the boy's father, a murderous renegade Apache, is after them.


Robert Mulligan


Alvin Sargent (screenplay by), Wendell Mayes (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Complete credited cast:
Gregory Peck ... Sam Varner
Eva Marie Saint ... Sarah Carver
Robert Forster ... Nick Tana
Noland Clay Noland Clay ... Boy
Russell Thorson ... Ned
Frank Silvera ... Major
Lonny Chapman ... Purdue
Lou Frizzell ... Stationmaster (as Lou Frizell)
Henry Beckman ... Sgt. Rudabaugh
Charles Tyner ... Dace
Richard Bull ... Doctor
Sandy Brown Wyeth Sandy Brown Wyeth ... Rachel (as Sandy Wyeth)
Joaquín Martínez ... Julio (as Joaquin Martinez)
Boyd 'Red' Morgan Boyd 'Red' Morgan ... Stage Driver Shelby (as Red Morgan)
Nathaniel Narcisco Nathaniel Narcisco ... Salvaje


When an army scout retires to a farm in New Mexico he takes pity on a white woman and her "half-breed" son recently rescued from Indians, and invites them to join him. He does this even knowing the child's father is a feared and murderous Apache and that sooner or later a showdown is almost inevitable. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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You can't escape The Stalking Moon See more »




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Did You Know?


In The Big Country (1958)--starring and produced by Gregory Peck -the foreman (played by Charlton Heston) Steve Leech rides a very striking and beautiful black and white paint horse. Ten years later in this film--also starring Peck--the same horse is ridden by the Apache chief Salvaje (played by Nathaniel Narcisco). See more »


A young boy spends almost the entire film walking across the mountains for days, then, when he puts his feet up, the bottoms of his moccasins are neither soiled nor worn but look brand new. See more »


Major: One more year! That's all I ask.
Sam Varner: That's all you asked last year.
Major: That's all I'll ask next year!
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Referenced in Gregory Peck: His Own Man (1988) See more »

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slow but steady
11 September 2008 | by RanchoTuVuSee all my reviews

A tense, fairly realistic, and mature western from 1968, when the genre was on the way to near oblivion, only to be saved now and then by the likes of Peckinpah and Eastwood. Unfortunately, this film is not so well known and has been unfairly characterized as plodding and slow. It definitely has a degree of introspectiveness to it, but their is a gem of a pursuit story. The film does its best not to sugarcoat the west. The locales and people are pretty impressive for their gritty primitiveness and overall authenticity. The central story about a fierce Apache warrior who's waging his own brutal campaign to kill as many whites as he can, chasing the white woman who was his wife and the mother of his son, while an ageing army scout does his best to protect them is framed by some pretty awesome photography of blinding sandstorms, thick vegetation, and lots of rocky cliffs and a fine score.

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Release Date:

22 December 1968 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Bavispe, Sonora, Mexico See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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