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Cry Blood, Apache (1970)

R | | Western | September 1970 (USA)
Gang of sadistic cowboys let nothing stand in their way in their search for gold.


Jack Starrett


Sean MacGregor, Harold Roberts (story)




Complete credited cast:
Jody McCrea ... Pitcalin
Marie Gahva Marie Gahva ... Jemme (as Marie Gahua)
Dan Kemp Dan Kemp ... Vittorio
Robert Tessier ... Two Card Charlie
Jack Starrett ... The Deacon
Don Henley Don Henley ... Benji Dawson
Carolyn Stellar ... Cochalla
Rik Nervik Rik Nervik ... Billy Dawson (as Rik Nervick)
Barbara Sanford Barbara Sanford ... Mother
Carroll Kemp Carroll Kemp ... Old Indian
Andy Anza Andy Anza ... Crippled Indian
Joel McCrea ... Pitcalin as an Older Man
Marcus Rudnick Marcus Rudnick ... Indian


A party of five men discover gold in a small Apache camp. They murder everyone there except for one young woman, who they keep alive hoping she'll lead them to more gold. Only Pitcalin among the five men shows kindness to the prisoner. An Apache brave who was away from the camp discovers the massacre and buries the dead. Then he tracks the murderers and brings slow but steady vengeance upon them. Written by Charles Delacroix

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Revenge... Slow and fatal!




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Filmed in 1967 but not released until 1970. See more »


When the Deacon wakes up Billy to take him to see Jemme bathing, he puts his hand across Billy's mouth twice. See more »


[first lines]
Unnamed Man: [handing Pitcalin a flintlock rifle] Whatcha doin' with such an old timer, Mr Pitcalin?
Pitcalin as an Older Man: Well, it's an old friend.
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Bringing in the Sheaves
Music by George A. Minor
Lyrics by Knowles Shaw
Sung by Jack Starrett
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OK low budget revenge western
21 October 2004 | by Alberto-7See all my reviews

This film is not as bad as most people have noted. I'm sure they were turned off by the very downbeat story and low budget. Many scenes were also dubbed which does not help. I found the plot delivered especially in the second half of the film. I liked the way the Apache seeking revenge went about tracking down the gang of killers and wiping them out one by one. The methods he uses to kill them off are certainly inventive. The other big plus in this film is the location shooting in Sequoia National Forest in California and other locations in Arizona(the entire film was shot outdoors). You can almost feel the cold wind blowing and taste the omnipresent dust. Performances are mixed. Jody McCrea(who also produced the film) is OK as the "hero" of the film. His motivations seem ambiguous but this did not bother me that much. Joel McCrae(doing his son a favor by appearing in this film) is not on-screen nearly enough but his facial expressions are so subtle that we understand quickly what he is feeling. Director Jack Starrett delivers one very weird performance as the bible-obsessed killer who lusts for gold constantly muttering to himself and to the others. Don Henley (not sure if this is the Don Henley of the Eagles)is quite good as the leader of the gang. Ruthless but more cunning than you think. The character of Billy is probably the weakest. He is supposed to be a ruthless goon but is played at times as a whimpering baby. The others are OK but nothing special. This is best viewed late at night when nothing else is on. Overall I give it 4 Apaches out of 10.

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