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Geronimo: An American Legend (1993)

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The story of the Apache chief and his armed resistance to the U.S. Government's subjugation of his people.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Lt. Charles Gatewood
... Brig. Gen. George Crook
... Al Sieber
... Geronimo
... Lt. Britton Davis
... Mangas
... Brig. Gen. Nelson Miles
... Chato
Carlos Palomino ... Sgt. Turkey
Victor Aaron ... Ulzana
Stuart Proud Eagle Grant ... Sgt. Dutchy
... Schoonover
... Capt. Hentig
... City Marshal Joe Hawkins
... Old Nana
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The Apache Indians have reluctantly agreed to settle on a US Government approved reservation. Not all the Apaches are able to adapt to the life of corn farmers. One in particular, Geronimo, is restless. Pushed over the edge by broken promises and necessary actions by the government, Geronimo and thirty or so other warriors form an attack team which humiliates the government by evading capture, while reclaiming what is rightfully theirs. Written by Rob Hartill

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His name would never be forgotten. See more »

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Drama | History | Western

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Rated PG-13 for frontier violence | See all certifications »

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10 December 1993 (USA)  »

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$35,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$18,635,620
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(8 channels)| (35 mm prints) (4 channels)| (70 mm prints)

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2.35 : 1
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Walter Hill felt the title of the film should have been The Geronimo War. "The conception was, you make the film from the last time he came in and broke off and was sent away", he said. "The last time he broke off the reservations. This had been a recurring pattern. I thought that would be more accurate." See more »

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The steam locomotive used to transport the Apache band at the end is an oil burning locomotive. A phony load of wood sits atop the tender's fuel-oil bunker. The engine is making thick black smoke, an indication of an oil fired locomotive. Such thick smoke is an indication of poor fuel burning, something movie directors request, but hardly real-world practice. Properly operated steam locomotives make much less smoke, regardless of whether fuel is wood, coal, or oil. See more »

Quotes

Geronimo: [speaking in Apache] I heard you were wearing the blue coat. I did not believe it. Now I know your heart.
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Referenced in Leprechaun 2 (1994) See more »

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Deal Gently With Thy Servants, Lord
Performed by The Boston Camerata, Schola Cantorum (as The Schola Cantorum of Boston)
Joel Cohen, Director; Frederick Jodry, Director
Courtesy of Erato Disques S.A.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Above-average historical treatment
6 February 2003 | by See all my reviews

As others have said, this is an excellent example of a revisionist Western, successful both as a 'quest' film and as history. Despite minor examples of the invariable desire of film-makers to embellish events (Al Sieber in fact died years later when a rock rolled on him while he was clearing a road) this is as close as you'll get to a historically and visually accurate movie account of the pursuit of Geronimo.


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