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Apache (1954)

Passed | | Western | 8 October 1954 (Japan)
Refusing to let himself be re-settled on a Florida reservation, Massai, an Apache warrior, escapes his captors and returns to his homeland to become a peaceful farmer.

Director:

Robert Aldrich

Writers:

James R. Webb (written for the screen by), Paul Wellman (novel) (as Paul I. Wellman)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Burt Lancaster ... Massai
Jean Peters ... Nalinle
John McIntire ... Al Sieber
Charles Bronson ... Hondo (as Charles Buchinsky)
John Dehner ... Weddle
Paul Guilfoyle ... Santos
Ian MacDonald ... Clagg
Walter Sande ... Lt. Col. Beck
Morris Ankrum ... Dawson
Monte Blue ... Geronimo
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Storyline

Following the surrender of Geronimo, Massai, the last Apache warrior is captured and scheduled for transportation to a Florida reservation. Instead, he manages to escape and heads for his homeland to win back his girl and settle down to grow crops. His pursuers have other ideas though. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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No man ever loosed such fury... No woman ever felt such fire! See more »

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 October 1954 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Bronco Apache See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,240,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Burt Lancaster's second feature as a Native American. See more »

Goofs

The story begins in March, 1886. Weeks (or at most, a few months) later, Clagg tells Massai he is in the Oklahoma Territory. This name did not become official until May, 1890. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Lt. Col. Beck: Do you think he means it this time?
Al Sieber: We'll see.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits: This is the story of Massai, the last Apache warrior. It has been told and re-told until it has become one of the great legends of the Southwest. It began in 1886 with Geronimo's surrender. See more »

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An Apache Apocalypse
13 October 2012 | by LeonLouisRicciSee all my reviews

"New Wave" Western and one that has an attraction that compels. A noble attempt, probably tampered with by the money men, that nevertheless can be considered because it represents a thoughtful attempt to be more than the fans expect from the genre.

The 1950' had a few contributions to the maturing of the Hollywood Western by Director's like Anthony Mann and Budd Boetticher whose films are superb and are apart from the mundane. Here the Director (Robert Aldrich) gives it that same feel of an edgy encounter and delivers a very good film with layers of interest and an a novel try at Native American speech and feeling the pain of a conquered but proud submission of a whole race of people.

The ending is not as satisfying as the rest of the film. The lone wolf Apache tells his wife, about to give birth, and he feels it is a good day to take a stand and die..."sing to my son of his Warrior Father" and she replies..."would you rather me sing of the plow". Some might say that this would be an appropriate place to end the film. But not so. There is more...


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