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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.

Director:

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

Robert Aldrich privately admitted that he wasn't entirely satisfied with the way the film turned out. 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

Maj. Cartwright: [Holdig out army manual as if he is quoting it] Any band of hostiles leaving United States Indian agency will be pursued and apprehended with all due vigor. What we have to determine, Mr. McIntosh, is how many of them there are and whether they are hostile.
McIntosh: Well, the first is open to question; the second you can bet money on.
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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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Taking a Man's Power
18 December 2005 | by scttwortmanSee all my reviews

The only reason I have not given this movie a "10" is that I might find something wrong with it on subsequent viewings. If anybody knows of this film being available widescreen, unedited, and not bootlegged, let me know where. My high definition TV does not forgive picture flaws. Otherwise I will be patient for a remaster. As someone who is an amateur historian of the Indian wars, I can tell you this is the most accurate dramatization of the campaign against the Apaches ever filmed. Accurate history is presented in the fact that the Apaches were the dominant tribe of the southwest {the Comanches in Texas might have been their rival}. Ask the Puebloes, who actually welcomed the white man, as a buffer against the Apache. The Apache dominated the southwest long before the Spanish ever showed up. Their spiritual philosophy of "taking a man's power" was shared by other warlike Indian tribes all the way to the east coast {see "Last of the Mohicans", Mann's version}. The film manages to also be great western drama as well as a history lesson.There is no moral judgment, only the way it was. The cast is superb.Lancaster, Davidson, The Hispanic Indian actors. Richard Jaeckel, and Karl Swenson {two workhorse character actors, who turned in performances of a lifetime}. All these guys plus director Aldrich and the writers knew they were working on something special. Even the PC edited version is worth seeing. A great Cavalry/Indian western, maybe the best!


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