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The Stalking Moon (1968)

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.

Director:

Robert Mulligan

Writers:

Alvin Sargent (screenplay), Wendell Mayes (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

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 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
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Storyline

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 »

Genres:

Western

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G | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 December 1968 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

L'homme sauvage See more »

Filming Locations:

Bavispe, Sonora, Mexico See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In the 1958 movie starring and produced by Gregory Peck "The Big Country" the foreman (played by Charlton Heston) Steve Leech rides a very striking and beautiful black and white paint horse. 10 years later in the 1968 movie starring Gregory Peck "The Stalking Moon" the same horse is ridden by the Apache chief Salvaje. (played by Nathaniel Narcisco). See more »

Goofs

When the stage arrives at the first way-station, it departs almost immediately after collecting passengers. At the every least, in those conditions, the horses would have been watered and the passengers allowed a food and toilet break. The people running the way-station would have needed to sell food and drink to make money. See more »

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Sarah Carver: I didn't have the courage to die. I knew what I had to do to stay alive.
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A Western Thriller
24 June 2007 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

From the same folks who brought you To Kill a Mockingbird, a good western thriller The Stalking Moon blends old west action with Alfred Hitchcock type suspense.

Gregory Peck is an old army scout who helped rescue captive white woman Eva Marie Saint and her son Noland Clay by one of the Apache chiefs. The father isn't about to give up his son and he pursues Peck all the way to his ranch after he quit the cavalry. The last 40% of the film deals with Peck and his ranch guests being stalked by a clever and dangerous Indian opponent.

The film itself touches on themes used in both The Searchers and Two Rode Together by John Ford and the fine Joel McCrea-Barbara Stanwyck western, Trooper Hook. But director Robert J. Mulligan took his style cues from Alfred Hitchcock.

We don't ever see the opponent except in long shot right up to the very end. We only know him from what is said about Nathaniel Narciso from what is said and the death and destruction in his wake. The anticipation is all the more terrifying.

Western and suspense, The Stalking Moon is a nice blend of film genres and fans of Gregory Peck and Eva Marie Saint will be pleased.


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