Geronimo: An American Legend

Geronimo: An American Legend

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Director: Walter Hill

Cast: Jason Patric, Gene Hackman, Robert Duvall

     
 

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Walter Hill directs John Milius's script (co-written by Larry Gross) depicting a revisionist perspective on the "Geronimo Campaign" and how Geronimo, with 34 men, managed to elude 5000 U.S. cavalry men between 1885 and 1886 before his surrender at the Canyon of the Skeletons in September 1886. The film centers upon Charles Gatewood (Jason Patric), the U.S. Cavalry… See more details below

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Walter Hill directs John Milius's script (co-written by Larry Gross) depicting a revisionist perspective on the "Geronimo Campaign" and how Geronimo, with 34 men, managed to elude 5000 U.S. cavalry men between 1885 and 1886 before his surrender at the Canyon of the Skeletons in September 1886. The film centers upon Charles Gatewood (Jason Patric), the U.S. Cavalry lieutenant who is charged with capturing the elusive Apache leader. Gatewood is torn by a grudging respect for Geronimo and his people and his duty to his country. But then all the white men in the film have a respect for Geronimo, even as they are trying to hunt him down and kill him. General Charles Crook (Gene Hackman), charged with overseeing the forced settlement of the Apaches on reservations, has nothing but admiration for Geronimo.

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All Movie Guide - Karl Williams
One of two tragically underrated Westerns produced in the mid-'90s (the other being 1994's Wyatt Earp), this grand, sweeping adventure boasts taut direction from Walter Hill and several great performances from its male leads. While a naïve soldier well played by a then-unknown Matt Damon is ostensibly the main character here, the real heart and soul of the film is Charles Gatewood, a soldier sympathetic with his enemy nearly to the point of sedition and played with mute, feral feverishness by Jason Patric. Superlative performances are also delivered by Gene Hackman as a morally conflicted general, Robert Duvall as an uneducated scout, and particularly Wes Studi as the title character, repeating his intense, furious supporting work in the previous year's The Last of the Mohicans (1992). The sad outcome of the Native Americans' war against the U.S. Army is well known, but the film's script by John Milius focuses on key events and battle strategy -- predictably, given the screenwriter's martial interests -- making the film more textbook history lesson than emotional journey. For those seeking another Dances with Wolves (1990), the end result is sure to be disappointing, but for those seeking a more dispassionate, realistic handling of Western lore, the film is ultimately a satisfying one. The lack of audience interest in Geronimo: An American Legend may be at least partially explained by the competing made-for-TV movie Geronimo (1993), which was released the same year, necessitating a last-minute title change for this version.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/09/1996
UPC:
0043396587038
Original Release:
1993
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Sony Pictures

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jason Patric Lt. Charles Gatewood
Gene Hackman Brigadier General George Crook
Robert Duvall Al Sieber
Wes Studi Geronimo
Matt Damon Lieutenant Britton Davis
Rodney A. Grant Mangas
Kevin Tighe Brigadier General Nelson Miles
Steve Reevis Chato
Carlos Palomino Sgt. Turkey
Victor Aaron Ulzana
Stuart Proud Eagle Grant Sergeant Dutchy
Stephen McHattie Schoonover
Reuben Cannon Actor
David Barry Gray Actor
Richard Martin Actor
John Finn Capt. Hentig
Lee de Broux City Marshall Hawkins
Rino Thunder Old Nana
Hoke Howell Billy Pickett
Pato Hoffmann The Dreamer
Roger Callard Sgt. Mulrey
Mark Boone Afraid Miner
M.C. Gainey Unafraid Miner
Michael Ruud Chaplain
Jonathan Ward C.S. Fly
Luis Contreras Rurale Officer
Scott Wilson Redondo
Sonny Skyhawk Schoonover Gang
Michael Adams Schoonover Gang
Anthony Schmidt Schoonover Gang
Jim Beaver Proclamation Officer
Jesus Franco Native American
George Lee Native American
Robert Erickson Cavalryman
Michael Stein Cavalryman
Greg Goossen Schoonover Gang
Walter Robles Schoonover Gang

Technical Credits
Walter Hill Director,Producer
Lloyd Ahern Cinematographer
Joe Alves Production Designer
Donn Aron Editor
Fred C. Blau Makeup
Reuben Cannon Casting
Neil Canton Producer
Chris Carpenter Sound/Sound Designer
Ry Cooder Score Composer
Danny Costa Stunts
Freeman Davies Editor
Carmel Davies Editor
Tom Elliott Stunts
Michael S. Glick Executive Producer
Richard C. Goddard Set Decoration/Design
Alan Lee Graf Stunts
Larry Gross Screenwriter
Doug Hemphill Sound/Sound Designer
Robert La Bonge Camera Operator
Norman Langley Camera Operator
Dennis Liddiard Makeup
Bill McIntosh Stunts
Josh McLaglen Asst. Director
John Milius Screenwriter
Dan Moore Costumes/Costume Designer
Lee Orloff Musical Direction/Supervision
Scott Ritenour Art Director
Manilo Rocchetti Makeup
R. Bruce Steinheimer Special Effects
Jack Verbois Stunts
Greg Walker Stunts
Webster Whinery Stunts

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