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Gunsmoke: The Last Apache (1990)

PG-13 | | Western | TV Movie 18 March 1990
James Arness rides again as Matt Dillon, the U.S. Marshal he made popular in the 1955-75 television series. In this movie he goes after a renegade Apache named Wolf (Joe Lara) who has taken... See full summary »

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Charles Correll

Writer:

Earl W. Wallace
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Cast overview, first billed only:
James Arness ... Matt Dillon
Richard Kiley ... Chalk Brighton
Amy Stoch ... Beth Yardner (as Amy Stock-Poynton)
Geoffrey Lewis ... Bodine
Joe Lara Joe Lara ... Wolf
Sam Vlahos ... Tomas
Hugh O'Brian ... Gen. Nelson Miles
Michael Learned ... Mike Yardner
Peter Murnik ... Lt. Davis
Robert Covarrubias ... Bartender
Ned Bellamy ... Capt. Harris
Dave Florek Dave Florek ... Smiley
Joaquín Martínez ... Geronimo (as Joaquin Martinez)
Kevin Sifuentes ... Nachite
Robert Brian Wilson ... Corporal
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James Arness rides again as Matt Dillon, the U.S. Marshal he made popular in the 1955-75 television series. In this movie he goes after a renegade Apache named Wolf (Joe Lara) who has taken his daughter captive. As a bargaining chip, Dillon helps two sons of Apache chief Geronimo out of the fort stockade and offers them in trade. Dillon is aided by an Army scout, Chalk Brighton (Richard Kiley). Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Matt Dillon rides again!

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Western

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Rated PG-13 for violence | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 March 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der letzte Apache See more »

Filming Locations:

Del Rio, Texas, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The 1973 episode, Matt's Love Story, forms the basis of this story. In that episode, Matt loses his memory after he is shot and is taken care of by Michael Learned character. They fall in love and have a relationship until Matt gets his memory back. Clips from that episode were woven into this one to present the plot element that Matt had a daughter he never knew about from that affair. Michael Learned again played Mike Yardner in both episodes. See more »

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Follows Gunsmoke (1955) See more »

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Vintage Gunsmoke
30 July 2004 | by susan7See all my reviews

Cspaced1 - you took the words right out of my mouth: "I liked this movie." Not a classic, but it has enough adventure and emotion to draw you in and hold you to the end.

Unlike Cspaced1, I do remember the Gunsmoke series. I sat and watched the original, half-hour series with my father and my brother, and I found this movie to be a good use for the character of Matt Dillion. The story line is vintage Gunsmoke. It has its quiet moments and its violent moments; it has joy and it has sadness.

As nice as the picture is, I found the writers succumbing to today's tendency for some senseless violence. In the opening scenes of the movie, Matt goes to pick up a letter, and in the process he kills two men who clearly needed killing. But these killings didn't contribute anything to the story. They just hung there. Dillion could have just as easily picked up his letter and left. I find it somewhat disturbing that writers feel they have to do this.

The only thing I found left unsaid in the end is what Matt did after he parted from Wolf. Did he return to his daughter, or did he ride off. The viewer is left hanging in this regard.


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