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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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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)

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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Runtime:

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

Another film on Geronimo, a made-for-television movie was released on TNT five days before the release of this movie. Some accounts attribute this as having a detrimental effect on the box-office take for this movie. 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: [narrating] The federal government had forced over 500 Chiricahua to take up residence within Turkey Creek's narrow borders. Corn was the main crop, but the land was not fertile enough for them to be self-sufficient. The Chiricahua had become dependent upon monthly allotments of government supplies for their well-being
Geronimo: Gatewood. You come to visit me.
1st Lt. Charles B. Gatewood: It makes my heart glad to see Geronimo. How's the life of a farmer?
Geronimo: Some Apaches are good farmer. Others miss the old way. I am not good farmer, ...
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Featured in Troldspejlet: Episode dated 21 May 1994 (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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Agreeable movie about the famous Indian leader and set on spectacular landscapes
7 January 2005 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

"Geronimo: An American Legend" talks upon Geronimo (Wes Studi), chief of Apaches Chiricaguas . The continuous humiliation in reservoir of San Carlos caused the bursting of riots , while reclaiming what is rightfully theirs , being commanded by Geronimo and his group of Indians , then by the government carries out necessary actions against them . As Geronimo and thirty or so other warriors form an attack bunch which humiliates the government by evading capture . They will confront American cavalry in charge of General Crook (Gene Hackman) , but later he'll be replaced by another hardest commander . Two officers (Jason Patrick and Matt Damon) will go out looking for Geronimo to make a peace treatise . A Warrior. A Leader. A Legend. His name would never be forgotten.

This is a "damn good" rendition about Geronimo who is pushed over the edge by broken promises , here there are wonderful outdoors shot on location in Utah territory , and it displays action , shootouts , violence and though is slow-moving , isn't tiring , neither dreary , but entertaining . The picture is based on historical characters : Geronimo , Cohise and general Crook ; though it deals with the men who had caught Geronimo more than Geronimo himself . At the main and supporting cast are the actors who usually play Indian roles : Wes Studi , Rodney A. Gant , Steve Reeves because being native origin .

The motion picture was well and professionally directed by Walter Hill , in his own words he stated there is a longer version to the movie, he was forced to cut it down around 11 minutes . Walter Hill gets too much experience on western genre ,thus : ¨The long riders¨ , ¨Will Bill¨. Besides , he has modern westerns : ¨Streets of fire¨ and ¨Extreme prejudice¨. ¨The Long Riders¨ is deemed to be an excellent movie but ¨Will Bill¨ is considered boring and overlong . ¨Geronimo¨ is similar height to ¨Long Riders¨ . The motion picture didn't obtain success and was a real flop in box office , in spite of the extraordinary sets , glimmer cinematography and atmospheric as well as evocative Ry Cooder's musical score . The movie will appeal to Indian western fans. Rating: good . Well catching. Essential and fundamental watching for Western lovers .


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