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Geronimo: An American Legend

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Real History

    The real history is not kind or outstanding to the eye ladies and gentleman. Like all other countries, it's filled with bodies and bodies, yet America is unique because it can deny these sort of things without apologizing. America, no matter what anyone says, is the weirdest civilization. Believe me, I'm a part Cherokee, Welsh, Irish, English, Hillbilly, Scots-Irish, Scot, French , Dutch and German, yet somehow this country's made it and thrived. Geronimo is one of the unfortunate casaulties of our history, who like Chief Joseph, was a real humanist but the powers that be and the settlers, miners and land speculators made him fight. As the real history of this film displays, most people that fought him had a grudging admiration for him. At least he didn't kill women or children.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Greatest

    Just fact - the greatest story of a great American Indian I have ever seen. We need more of the TRUTH.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    It is about time, that the truth be told.

    I have the movie and I watch it when ever I can and each time I find something I have missed before. Each time is like the first the story line is that good, it is not just told from the white point of view but from the Indians.Iam part Indian myself and was a little tired of the truth being hiden from the public, for so many years the stories led people to beleieve the Indians were the reason why the west was so unsafe. They were just a people who wanted to live there lives the way they had until the migation of the whites.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Terrific cinematography only adds to a fine film

    Sometimes, stunning camera work adds significant value to a film¿s overall merit. Case in point is 2001: A SPACE ODDYSSEY, in which the visuals (and musical score) contributed to make it one of the great films of all time. (I saw it 8 times when originally on the big screen.) Yet the acting and storyline were so nondescript that who can remember who the actors or their characters were beyond Hal? Although certainly not carrying the same weight as 2001 in the evolution of movie making, the 1993 release GERONIMO: AN AMERICAN LEGEND is elevated for the same reason, and the acting is much better besides. Matt Damon plays 2nd Lt. Britton Davis, newly commissioned out of West Point, who arrives in Arizona in the mid-1880¿s just in time to accompany the savvy 1st Lt. Charles Gatewood, played by Jason Patric, on a mission to accept the surrender of Geronimo, and bring the Apache leader to the reservation. Eventually, Geronimo abandons the reservation to again take up arms against the white man, ultimately fleeing into Mexico. The local Army cavalry command led by Gen. George Crook, played by Gene Hackman, and which includes Davis and Gatewood, must then go retrieve the war chief and his followers. Robert Duvall has the role of Al Sieber, the army unit¿s Chief Scout. As I¿ve indicated, the cinematography in GERONIMO is absolutely gorgeous, the film being shot in the scenic expanses of southeastern Utah. Moreover, the acting doesn¿t deserve the reproach it¿s received. The Crook character, criticized as too bland, is played just right. By that time in his long military career, Gen. Crook had seen it all when it came to battling the Indians, and his unflappability, evenhandedness, and strength of character were fully established. There is no need for flamboyant theatrics on his part. The moody reserve of the Gatewood character is perfectly understandable. He came from a patrician Virginia family and, had it been 30 years previous, would have fought for the Confederacy. Fighting for the victorious Federals against another oppressed people (as the Southerners saw themselves) was certain to cause much self-examination. As Sieber put it to Gatewood, ¿You don¿t love who you¿re fighting for, and you don¿t hate who you¿re fighting against.¿ Duvall, as Sieber, plays a role somewhat reminiscent of his Gus McCrae in LONESOME DOVE, but without the easygoing humor. In any case, his on-screen time is way too short. Wes Studi as Geronimo is more than adequate. I can¿t think of another Native American actor ¿ and how many of those are there? ¿ who could have done better. Matt Damon, as the likable Britton, serves as the film¿s narrator for the viewers¿ perspective. True, the plot incorporates no dramatic, climactic battles. That¿s because there weren¿t any in the real-life Geronimo saga, and Hollywood mercifully refrained, for once, from the unashamed embellishment of history. Rather, the story is portrayed for what it was ¿ the inexorable, relatively low-key subjugation of one people by another ¿ with all its attendant moral and ethical issues. The ending is particularly poignant. Maybe I just like westerns, but I think this a wonderful, haunting film. It¿s definitely worth seeing, especially if you have one of those home entertainment centers that aspires to be a big screen theater.

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