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Captain Apache (1971)

A Native American born US Army officer, Captain Apache, investigating a murder, uncovers a presidential assassination plot.

Director:

Alexander Singer

Writers:

Philip Yordan (screenplay), Milton Sperling (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lee Van Cleef ... Capt. Apache
Carroll Baker ... Maude
Stuart Whitman ... Griffin
Percy Herbert ... Moon
Elisa Montés ... Rosita (as Elisa Montes)
Tony Vogel ... Snake
Charles Stalmaker Charles Stalmaker ... O'Rourke (as Charles Stalnaker)
Charly Bravo Charly Bravo ... Sanchez (as Charlie Bravo)
Faith Clift Faith Clift ... Abigail
Dee Pollock ... Ben (as D. Pollock)
Dan van Husen ... Al (as Dan Van Husen)
Hugh McDermott ... Gen. Ryland
George Margo George Margo ... Sheriff
José Bódalo ... General (as Jose Bodalo)
Elsa Zabala Elsa Zabala ... Witch
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Storyline

During the presidency of Ulysses S. Grant, the full-blooded Native American US Army Cavalry officer, Captain Apache, finds himself entangled in a well-planned conspiracy, while on a mission to investigate the death of the Indian Commissioner, Harry Collier. With his sole clue being the victim's cryptic dying words, "April Morning", Captain Apache will soon cross paths with the tough arms-runner, Griffin, as everyone around him who knows something about the puzzling case, eventually, ends up murdered. Is there an intricate plot and an even greater scheme of corruption behind those hideous killings? As the bullets start flying, the inquisitive Captain will shortly find out how deep the conspiracy goes. Written by Nick Riganas

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Taglines:

Take what you can. Kill at will. See more »


Certificate:

GP | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

UK | Spain

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

27 October 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Captain Apache See more »

Filming Locations:

Spain See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Benmar Productions See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Second of two westerns in a row that Lee Van Cleef made for British production company Benmar Productions. Producers Irving Lerner, Bernard Gordon and Philip Yordan were involved with both movies. See more »

Goofs

After Captain Apache is captured by Griffin's men outside the telegraph office he's taken to a run down stone building. Behind the building, in the upper right corner of the screen you can see some sort flashing neon sign or billboard in the distance. See more »

Quotes

Capt. Apache: I don't suppose you remember the combination?
Griffin: I never had a head for figures.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue:

"THE ONLY GOOD INDIAN IS A DEAD INDIAN" Paleface Saying

"THE ONLY GOOD PALEFACE IS A DEAD PALEFACE" Indian Saying

"LOVE THY NEIGHBOR" Source Forgotten See more »

Connections

Featured in Trailer Trauma (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

April Morning
Sung by Lee Van Cleef
Music by Dolores Claman
Words by Richard Morris
Guitar solo Juan Márquez (as Juan Marquez)
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A comic book western
12 April 2007 | by bygardSee all my reviews

In spite of continuing abuse from the surrounding people the army life has obviously made good to Van Cleef. The hair from his upper lip has moved on the top of his head, multiplied and grown darker in color. He has never looked as good, relaxed and fast with women. He has never looked as much a comic book westerner either. Check out the fancy leather jacket and how he sucks in his whole belly while posing in a loin cloth.

Now seriously, this is a funny western without really being a western comedy. The cast and the director must have had a lot of fun too doing this and getting paid for it. The heavy hallucination scene jumps out as the most fun, even though the whole film seems like a mad dream. It is like something lifted out of a really old comic book. Gladly, I like a lot of comics and movies that are so bad they transform into good in a whole another context. All the like minded cultured ones, be informed.

By the way, the story of this film brings to mind something similar from Jean Giraud's great Blueberry comics albums. And the excellent movie 'Blueberry' having been hailed as the first psychedelic western with mushroom munching... sorry, Captain Apache kind of got there first. And he sings too!


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