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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
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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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 »

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

Al Sieber, Chief of Scouts: I'm going to go on down to Tucson and I'm going to get drunk!
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Connections

Referenced in The Directors: The Films of Norman Jewison (1999) 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 BubbasMomSee 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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Country:

USA

Release Date:

10 December 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Geronimo: An American Legend See more »

Filming Locations:

Kayenta, Arizona, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,018,452, 12 December 1993

Gross USA:

$18,635,620

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$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:

2.39 : 1
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