Ulzana's Raid

Ulzana's Raid

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Director: Robert Aldrich, Burt Lancaster, Bruce Davison, Jorge Luke

Cast: Robert Aldrich, Burt Lancaster, Bruce Davison, Jorge Luke

     
 

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One of the best films by often-underrated director Robert Aldrich, this stark, brutal Western is also an effective allegory of America's involvement in the Vietnam War. Set in Arizona during the late 1880s, the film begins with experienced scout McIntosh (Burt Lancaster) and idealistic U.S. Cavalry Lieutenant DeBuin (Bruce Davison) setting out to catch a group of

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One of the best films by often-underrated director Robert Aldrich, this stark, brutal Western is also an effective allegory of America's involvement in the Vietnam War. Set in Arizona during the late 1880s, the film begins with experienced scout McIntosh (Burt Lancaster) and idealistic U.S. Cavalry Lieutenant DeBuin (Bruce Davison) setting out to catch a group of Apache renegades lead by their chieftain, Ulzana (Joaquin Martinez). The story focuses on the opposing views of the two men regarding Ulzana. McIntosh is cold and cynical while DeBuin is morally outraged by supposed Apache atrocities. The film, sharply written by Alan Sharp, poses a set of complex questions about the nature of heroism, racism, and American imperialism, while avoiding moralizing or oversimplification of the issues. Aldrich and Burt Lancaster, who made four films together over the course of their long careers (including this one), later collaborated on the excellent political thriller Twilight's Last Gleaming.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
One of Burt Lancaster's last great Westerns, Robert Aldrich's Ulzana's Raid (1972) is a tough, searing entrant in the Vietnam cycle of revisionist oaters. With Alan Sharp's script eschewing most of the '60s-'70s sentimentality about the beleaguered Native American, Aldrich austerely and forcefully reveals the potential brutality, as well as honorable intentions, lurking on both sides, as the oft-unseen Ulzana goes on his terrifying rampage. Bruce Davison's pious officer, DeBuin, is a potent index of white naïveté regarding Native American resistance and guerilla tactics, but it is Lancaster's pragmatic, aging scout McIntosh who most powerfully evokes the utter futility and tragedy of the unending conflict between white colonizers and non-white Others. Inspired by the film's Vietnam War resonance and a world view articulated by McIntosh akin to his own, Lancaster's performance was hailed as one of the greatest of his career; critics praised the film's thematic timeliness and rigorous craft. Its unsparing view of the archetypal Western struggle, however, consigned Ulzana's Raid to box-office oblivion.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/01/2014
UPC:
0025192096853
Original Release:
1972
Source:
Universal Mod
Time:
1:44:00
Sales rank:
12,966

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Burt Lancaster McIntosh
Bruce Davison Lt. Garnett DeBuin
Jorge Luke Ke-Ni-Tay
Richard Jaeckel Sergeant
Joaquin Martinez Ulzana
Lloyd Bochner Capt. Gates
Frank Gonzales Actor
Dick Miller Actor
Karl Swenson Rukeyser
Douglas Watson Maj. Cartwright
Dran Hamilton Mrs. Riordan
John Pearce Corporal
Gladys Holland Mrs. Rukeyser
Margaret Fairchild Mrs. Ginsford
Aimee Eccles McIntosh's Indian Woman
Richard Bull Ginsford
Otto Reichow Steegmeyer
Dean Smith Horowitz
Larry Randles Mulkearn
Ted Markland Trooper
R.L. Armstrong Trooper
Tony Epper Trooper
Nick Cravat Trooper
Billy Burton Trooper
Jerry Gatlin Trooper
Walter Scott Trooper
George Aguilar Indian Brave
Richard Farnsworth Trooper
John R. McKee Trooper
Chase Winton Ms. Cleveland

Technical Credits
Robert Aldrich Director,Producer
James Alexander Sound/Sound Designer
Joseph Biroc Cinematographer
Frank deVol Score Composer
Carter DeHaven Producer
Malcolm R. Harding Asst. Director
Michael Luciano Editor
John McCarthy Set Decoration/Design
Alan Sharp Screenwriter
James D. Vance Art Director
Waldon O. Watson Sound/Sound Designer
Glenn Wright Costumes/Costume Designer

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Ulzana's Raid 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
jameswormold More than 1 year ago
Easily the best Hollywood movie about the Apache Wars. It is in fact the only truly good film of its kind. Burt Lancaster, Jorge Luke, Bruce Davison and the rest of the cast are excellent. Compellingly written, acted and directed. Much of it filmed near Nogales, Arizona--lending it scenic authenticity lacking in so many westerns. Not everything west of St. Louis looks like Monument Valley!