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The Gatling Gun (1971)

PG | | Action, Drama, Western | May 1971 (USA)
Two backstabbing deserters steal a Gatling Gun from their cavalry unit to attack an Apache tribe and steal their gold. They get help from a naive pacifist pastor. Meanwhile, both the cavalry and the Apache go after them - and the Gun.


Robert Gordon




Complete credited cast:
Guy Stockwell ... Lt. Wayne Malcolm
Robert Fuller ... Pvt. Sneed
BarBara Luna ... Leona (as Barbara Luna)
Woody Strode ... Runner the Scout
Patrick Wayne ... Jim Boland
Pat Buttram ... Tin Pot
Carlos Rivas ... Two-Knife
Tommy Cook ... Pvt. Elwood
Steve Conte ... Pvt. Mitchell
David Cargo David Cargo ... Cpl. Benton (as Honorable Governor David F. Cargo)
John Carradine ... The Reverend Harper
Judith Jordan ... Martha Boland (as Judy Jordan)
Phil Harris ... Luke Boland


Intent on stealing the ultimate instrument of destruction, the rapid-fire Gatling gun, the U.S. Cavalry deserter, Private Sneed, betrays his country for personal profit. To ensure that he can sneak out of the country with the machine gun, Sneed tricks the irenic preacher, Reverend Harper, into accompanying him; however, Lieutenant Wayne Malcolm and his small patrol unit manage to apprehend him, retrieving the gun. But, under those circumstances, the fearsome Apache warrior, Chief Two-Knife, is willing to offer mountains of gold, or even sacrifice some of his men, to get his hands on Richard J. Gatling's devastating invention, and no one can stop him and his hordes. Now, it's up to Lieutenant Malcolm, a scout named Runner, Jim Boland the rancher, and the ingenious man nicknamed Tin Pot to put an end to the dangerous ambition of the Apache leader. Can they protect the King Gun, the super-weapon to end all wars? Written by Nick Riganas

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In 1870, the ultimate weapon is created, and the West will never be the same. See more »


Action | Drama | Western


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Final screen appearance of Phil Harris; he subsequently did voices for several animated features. See more »


When the camera pans across the aftermath of the final battle, one 'dead' Apache in an orange shirt is very obviously breathing. See more »


Tin Pot: We're all in this damn thing together.
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Desert survival Western
12 May 2014 | by WuchakkSee all my reviews

"The Gatling Gun" was originally titled "King Gun" and shot in 1969, but not released till 1971. It's a cavalry vs. Indians Western focusing on the eponymous weapon with a great cast of familiars -- Guy Stockwell, Robert Fuller, Phil Harris, Woody Strode, Patrick Wayne, John Carradine, Pat Buttram and BarBara Luna (from Star Trek's "Mirror, Mirror") -- highlighted by curvy redhead Judy Jordan, to say the least.

Critics write it off as "routine" and akin to a TV Western. True, it is Grade 'B' and comic-booky, so proceed with caution. BUT the notable cast clicks and the story delivers the goods, as far as Western (melo)drama & action goes.

It's essentially a survival tale of a small group of soldiers and civilians who team-up to survive a desert trek threatened by Two-Knife (Carlos Rivas) and his rogue tribe. If you're a sucker for desert-survival tales (like me), such as "Sands of the Kalahari" (1965), "Flight of the Phoenix" (1965), "Escape from Zahrain" (1962) and "They Came to Cordura" (1959), you'll probably appreciate "The Gatling Gun," as long as you can forgive the TV budget (although it's not technically a TV movie and was dubiously released to theaters). It's not as good as the first three, but it's more entertaining than the last one. While "Cordura" is a more serious production with overall superior production values, it's also more hokey in a lame 50's Western sense.

The trek through the desert features a lot of drama but the movie ends with a bang as the group squares-off against Two-Knife and his braves. Stockwell stands out as the alpha male Army Lieutenant who naturally attracts the babe (Jordan), whereas Fuller is effective as Private Sneed, done-in by his own lust for filthy lucre.

The film runs 87 minutes and was shot at Eaves Movie Ranch and Ghost Ranch near Sante Fe, New Mexico. DIRECTOR: Robert Gordon. WRITERS: Mark Hanna & Joseph Van Winkle.


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