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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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Hero-less Western had some Potential
23 November 2008 | by mstomasoSee all my reviews

The major theme of Cry Blood Apache is the worthlessness of human life outside of civil society. This nihilistic tale takes place in the mythic old west, around the time of the goldrush, and is about as inaccurate as possible. Nevertheless, the story fermented some interesting ironies and a few fairly predictable but entertaining plot twists. Unfortunately, only the Native American characters are in any way sympathetic and even the Euro-American protagonist is more of a survivor than a hero.

Amoral cowboys rape, pillage and massacre a small Apache village, leaving two survivors, a raped woman and her vengeful brother. The woman becomes attached to the one cowboy who is decent toward her (McLure), but out there in the wild somewhere her brother awaits his opportunity to attain vengeance.

Cry Blood Apache is one of two films released by the late profilic b-movie director Jack Starrett (Dukes of Hazzard, First Blood, etc) in 1970. Starrett also managed to act in at least one film per year during the 1970s, including a memorable performance in Blazing Saddles. Although Starrett's directing is often heavily criticized in reviews of this film, I believe that the film's budget had much more to do with its generally poor reception than the directing did. The film was obviously rushed through production and some of the acting (including star McLure) left much to be desired. Lastly, Cry Blood Apache was made at a time when the hallmark of western films was exquisite and often lavish cinematography - and Cry Blood Apache has neither. Despite all of this, the method of storytelling and the story itself had some merit. Had the film been better-supported, it might have fared better.

Recommended for hardcore western addicts. Not recommended for others.

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