APACHE !!! The movie …

24 Nov

 “You call that life? If an Apache cannot live in his home mountains like his fathers before him, he is already dead!”
Massai: (Lancaster)

APACHE POSTER 1

APACHE TITLE BLURB

APACHE POSTER

When Rose and I got back from Arizona and the Apache Trail … I sat down in my living room and turned on the TV. Guess what’s playing? ??? Apache … of course – on Turner Classic Movies.

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Interesting that foreign posters are often better than domestic.

But all they would have had to do was stick a pic of Jean Peters on the
poster and the theatres would have been full.

Jean … with a bullet
APACHE - JEAN PETERS

Well, I’ve known about this movie for some some, but never gotten around to seeing it. But since this was such a coincidence (I don’t believe in coincidences), I figured I better watch it. I’ve also known for a long time that my attraction to Sedona and Arizona country was due to past lives that I had spent here as a native in times that pre-dated the coming of the Whiteman. Much of Apache is filmed around Sedona and though I have no clear recollection of being Apache in particular, Apache is a very large and board label that covers many tribes in the American Southwest.

APACHE BANNER SHOTS

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Apache is not high on the list of most Western Movie fans, and I don’t consider it to be a major Western classic myself. But it still has some interesting and noteworthy features. For starters, it stars Burt Lancaster – one of the greatest Western Film actors of all time.

Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apache_(film)) says:

“The film was the first in a series of movies Lancaster made for United Artists (under the Hecht-Lancaster studio)
It was originally budgeted at $742,000.
The film was a big hit, earning over $3 million in its first year of release and $6 million overall.”

A study of the film industry gives is a study of inflation: The recent The Lone Ranger (starring Johnny Depp) cost approximately $250 million to make.

 Casting

Besides Lancaster as Massail, it also has other notable casting: Jean Peters as Nalinlel; John McIntire as Al Sieber; Charles Bronson (as Charles Buchinsky) as HondoJohn Dehner as Weddle; Paul Guilfoyle as Santos; Ian MacDonald as Clagg; Walter Sande as Lt. Col. Beck; Morris Ankrum as Dawson; Monte Blue as Geronimo.

APACHE - Charles Bronson billed as Charles Bruchinsky

Charles Bronson billed as Charles Bruchinsky

Jean Peters, John McIntire, Charles Bronson, John Dehner, Ian MacDonald would all be well recognized actors even today.

Reviews:

APACHE IMDB

APACHE ROTTEN TOMATOES

From AllMoviehttp://www.allmovie.com/movie/apache-v2657/review

Another 1950s pro-Indian Western featuring Caucasian actors in brown body paint speaking pidgin “Native,” Apache nevertheless manages to dispense more than the standard revisionist bromides. Showcasing his energetic style, director Robert Aldrich doesn’t stint on the violence perpetrated by either the whites or by star Burt Lancaster‘s athletic blue-eyed brave Massai, while Massai’s rough handling of Jean Peters‘ Nalinle makes him tough to admire. Nevertheless, Massai’s trip from Florida to his ancestral lands early in the film concisely and potently sums up the ruinous spread of white “civilization” across indigenous tribal territory, turning him into a Machiavellian hero saved by the agrarian ideal and Nalinle’s familiar instincts. As Aldrich figured, that salvation rings jarringly false, but the powers that be overruled the relatively inexperienced movie director’s artistically sound yet commercially difficult instincts. Aldrich’s first collaboration with producer/star LancasterApache was also the director’s first hit and the beginning of Lancaster’s fruitful run as a Western action hero. According to historical accounts, the actual Massai’s eyes really were a Lancasterian azure.

Director Robert Aldrich

The film is directed my none other than Robert Aldrich – who also directed The Big Knife (1955), What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?  (1962), Hush… Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964), The Flight of the Phoenix (1965), The Dirty Dozen (1967), and The Longest Yard (1974).

Aldrich further directed the Western Classic Vera Cruz (1954) that featured Lancaster, Gary Cooper, Cesar Romero, Charles Bronson, Ernest Borgnine … among others.

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Other Westerns directed by Robert Aldrich:

– 4 for Texas (Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Anita Ekberg, Ursula Andress, Charles Bronson, Richard Jaeckel, Jack Elam, and The Three Stooges. (Yep, you’re reading correctly – obviously a comedy.)

4 FOR TEXAS (1972)

– Ulzana’s Raid (1972) starring Burt LancasterRichard JaeckelBruce Davison and Joaquin Martinez. The film, which was filmed on location in Arizona – portrays a brutal raid by Chiricahua Apaches against European settlers.

ULZANA'S RAID

The Frisco Kid (1979) – another Western comedy with Gene Wilder and Harrison Ford

The Frisco Kid

APACHE SEDONA

Apache – Cathedral Rock in background, Sedona Arizona

 

3 Responses to “APACHE !!! The movie …”

  1. Teepee12 November 24, 2013 at 9:45 pm #

    I liked this when I was kid, but even then I had some problems with Burt and Jean as Native American. The older I get, the more it bothers me.

    • jcalberta November 25, 2013 at 1:28 am #

      Yeah me too. Much of the time it’s so obvious that they are not Natives. Bronson looks Native though. There was very few Native actors – still aren’t many. But more likely, they wanted the box office charisma of Lancaster – or whoever. Some of the recent films have done better: Dances with Wolves .. Last of the Mohicans come to mind.

  2. cindybruchman November 25, 2013 at 3:39 pm #

    Never saw it. It looks ridiculous–painted faces of Lancaster and Bronson pretending to be Indians–but, since I live in the Sedona area, I should give it a try…..;)

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