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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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A Warrior. A Leader. A Legend. 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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Budget:

$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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Jason Patric beat Patrick Swayze and Alec Baldwin to the main role. 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 »

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Al Sieber, Chief of Scouts: I just think you're a real sad case. You don't love who you're fighting for, and you don't hate who you're fighting against.
1st Lt. Charles B. Gatewood: Perhaps I could learn to hate with the proper vigor from you, Al.
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Featured in In the Shadow of Hollywood (2000) 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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More history than drama, but still revisionist
8 September 2005 | by See all my reviews

The valiant, if doomed, Chiricahua Apache tried (as did so many other tribes) to be accommodating after being hounded to the breaking point. Their famous chief, Geronimo, gave himself up voluntarily and tried to lead his people onto the reservation. But, as happened so many times, even after capitulation they were attacked in unwarranted fashion and reacted by leaving the reservation whereupon they were hunted, and hunted, and harried. Some people don't like this film because it tells history more like it was than most movies do about the "conquering" of the American west ... it shows both sides of the story, not just one. With this movie, you can't identify with the hero on one side and the villain or the other. Both are sympathetic, both are reprehensible (isn't that the way a historical drama really ought to be played? In my book, this is a plus). As a native of Arizona, where much of the historical action took place, I find it disturbing that the countryside in which the movie was made is either in some other state or in the wrong part of Arizona, that characters seem to be able to get from Tombstone to San Carlos in one day on horseback (either they had multiple horses, or one dead one), and that there is a bit of overstatement about the honor among the various Apache bands (with reference to the reason that members of some Apache groups served as scouts against other groups). All in all, though, I vote for this one over all the other "Geronimo" movies that have been made.


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