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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.

Director:

Walter Hill

Writers:

John Milius (story), John Milius (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Patric ... Lt. Charles Gatewood
Gene Hackman ... Brig. Gen. George Crook
Robert Duvall ... Al Sieber
Wes Studi ... Geronimo
Matt Damon ... Lt. Britton Davis
Rodney A. Grant ... Mangas
Kevin Tighe ... Brig. Gen. Nelson Miles
Steve Reevis ... Chato
Carlos Palomino Carlos Palomino ... Sgt. Turkey
Victor Aaron Victor Aaron ... Ulzana
Stuart Proud Eagle Grant Stuart Proud Eagle Grant ... Sgt. Dutchy
Stephen McHattie ... Schoonover (as Steven McChattie)
John Finn ... Capt. Hentig
Lee de Broux ... City Marshal Joe Hawkins
Rino Thunder ... Old Nana
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

A Warrior. A Leader. A Legend. See more »

Genres:

Drama | History | Western

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Country:

USA

Release Date:

10 December 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Geronimo See more »

Filming Locations:

Kayenta, Arizona, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$18,635,620
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

SDDS (8 channels)| Dolby Stereo (35 mm prints)| 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

It is mentioned several times that Al Sieber had received seventeen wounds during his career. In fact, by the time of his death (not as depicted here) in 1907 under a rock fall, Sieber had received a total of twenty-eight wounds throughout his life. See more »

Goofs

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

2nd Lt. Britton Davis: As he handed over his weapons, Geronimo simply said: "Once I moved about like the wind. Now I surrender and that is all."
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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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Accurate? Who Cares? Just Enjoy It.
8 October 2005 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

How much of this is true, I cannot say. Perhaps I should do some research on it knowing how "accurate" most Hollywood historical films tend to be. For years, the white man was always the good guy; the Indian, the bad guy. Then came, the present day "political correctness" era where the Indian is the good guy and the white man is the bad guy. Frankly, I don't care in this case because this movie is simply a very entertaining film that is enjoyable to watch....and that's what movies are supposed to be: entertaining.

What makes it so entertaining?

1) a very interesting saga of the famous Apache Geronimo, fighting for his people and also living a life dedicated to revenge; 2) A great portrayal of him by actor Wes Studi, who has the perfect face and voice for the role; 3) a very solid all-male cast, with memorable leads played by Jason Patric, Robert Duvall, Gene Hackman and Matt Damon; 4) wonderful golden-hued cinematography, filmed in the mountainous area of Moab, Utah; 5) Not excessive violence nor a lot of profanity, rare for a Walter Hill directed movie. This is one of the stylish Hill's classier efforts. 6) Good sound if you have the DVD and a surround sound system.

Yes, this leans in the PC class with big-time leanings toward the Indian cause, but the Apache people apparently had a good case for their cause, at least with Geronimo's convincing question near the end of the movie: "There is plenty of land. Why do you want it all?"


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