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Ulzana's Raid (1972)

After fierce war chief Ulzana and a small war party jump the reservation bent on murder and terror, an inexperienced young lieutenant is assigned to track him down.

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Robert Aldrich

Writer:

Alan Sharp
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Burt Lancaster ... McIntosh
Bruce Davison ... Lt. Garnett DeBuin
Jorge Luke ... Ke-Ni-Tay
Richard Jaeckel ... Sergeant
Joaquín Martínez ... Ulzana (as Joaquin Martinez)
Lloyd Bochner ... Captain Gates
Karl Swenson ... Rukeyser
Douglass Watson Douglass Watson ... Maj. Cartwright
Dran Hamilton ... Mrs. Riordan
John Pearce John Pearce ... Corporal
Gladys Holland Gladys Holland ... Mrs. Rukeyser
Margaret Fairchild Margaret Fairchild ... Mrs.Ginsford
Aimee Eccles ... McIntosh's Indian Woman (as Aimee Ecclés)
Richard Bull ... Ginsford
Otto Reichow Otto Reichow ... Steegmeyer
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Storyline

Report reaches the US cavalry that the Apache leader Ulzana has left his reservation with a band of followers. A compassionate young officer, Lieutenant DeBuin, is given a small company to find him and bring him back; accompanying the troop is McIntosh, an experienced scout, and Ke-Ni-Tay, an Apache guide. Ulzana massacres, rapes and loots across the countryside; and as DeBuin encounters the remains of his victims, he is compelled to learn from McIntosh and to confront his own naiveté and hidden prejudice. Written by David Levene <D.S.Levene@durham.ac.uk>

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To Defeat The Apaches, They Had to Be Just as Savage See more »

Genres:

Adventure | Western

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Release Date:

25 December 1972 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Keine Gnade für Ulzana See more »

Filming Locations:

Tucson, Arizona, USA See more »

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Budget:

$1,200,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Filmed for $1.2 million in only seven weeks, a good three to four weeks less than most of Robert Aldrich's movies. See more »

Goofs

When the platoon sets out from the fort, Macintosh's Indian girlfriend is watching them depart, with her face half-hidden by the shawl she is holding tightly under her nose. The next shot cuts straight to a close up of her face, but her hands are not in view and more of her face is hidden by the shawl. See more »

Quotes

Lt. Harry Garnett DeBuin: Which way do you think they're headed?
McIntosh: [Nodding in the direction] Indian land.
Ke-Ni-Tay: Apache will take us where it's hard to follow.
Lt. Harry Garnett DeBuin: Where will he fight us?
McIntosh: He don't mean to fight yuh no place, Lieutenant. He only wants to kill yuh.
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Alternate Versions

Aldrich's version runs 103 minutes and was the version released in the USA. Burt Lancaster prepared a different version (102 minutes) for European release, deleting some scenes, restoring others from the cutting room floor, rescoring some of the music. This version was released in the UK, though the British censor made some cuts to it. These are largely restored to the video release, apart from some horsefalls (totalling 45 seconds). The version show several times by BBC television is Aldrich's version, with the horsefalls restored, but some censor cuts made by the BBC themselves. See more »

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Referenced in Dark City: The Architecture of Dreams (2008) See more »

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Outguessing the enemy was the key to survival
19 April 2004 | by tmwestSee all my reviews

During years I avoided seeing `Ulzana's Raid' because the title gave me the idea that it was a spaghetti western of which I had seen my share. I saw it a couple of days ago and was impressed. This is a film that goes into the mind of the Indian , and also of the Lieutenant whose father is a minister and has strong Christian feelings. The two of them live in two different worlds and for the officer to understand Ulzana is a very hard task, it does not relate to anything his father taught him. Nevertheless figuring out Ulzana is essential for his mission and he is coached into that by Burt Lancaster and Ke-Ni-Tay, an Indian scout. Ulzana kills every homesteader he finds, he must know that ultimately he is going to be caught, it is just a question of time. Lancaster is a master in strategy, but so is Ulzana, who at times seems like a maestro orienting his men. The brains here count more than the weapons. This is Aldrich's best film, he redeemed himself from `The Last Sunset.'


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