Apache (1954)

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    • Apache (1954)



      Photo with the courtesy of Gorch
      Information from IMDb

      Plot Summary
      Following the surrender of Geronimo, Massai, the last Apache warrior
      is captured and scheduled for transportation to a Florida reservation.
      Instead, he manages to escape and heads for his homeland to win back
      his girl and settle down to grow crops.
      His pursuers have other ideas though.
      Written by Col Needham

      Full Cast
      Burt Lancaster ... Massai
      Jean Peters ... Nalinle
      John McIntire ... Al Sieber
      Charles Bronson ... Hondo (as Charles Buchinsky)
      John Dehner ... Weddle
      Paul Guilfoyle ... Santos
      Ian MacDonald ... Clagg
      Walter Sande ... Lt. Col. Beck
      Morris Ankrum ... Dawson
      Monte Blue ... Geronimo
      Paul E. Burns ... General Store Proprietor (uncredited)
      Lonnie Burr ... Indian Boy (uncredited)
      John George ... Shoeshine Man (uncredited)
      Rory Mallinson ... Citizen Noticing Handcuffs (uncredited)
      Dick Rich ... Loafing Trooper (uncredited)
      Philip Van Zandt ... Inspector (uncredited)

      Writing Credits
      Paul Wellman (novel "Bronco Apache") (as Paul I. Wellman)
      James R. Webb (written by)

      Original Music
      David Raksin

      Ernest Laszlo
      Stanley Cortez (uncredited)

      There really was a renegade Apache warrior called Massai, who was a bloodthirsty killer renowned for stealing, raping and murdering. He did indeed escape from a prison train bound for Florida and made his way back to his homeland. It is, however, doubtful that he was six feet tall and had blue eyes like Burt Lancaster.

      Robert Aldrich's first Western.

      United Artists pressured director Robert Aldrich into shooting a more optimistic ending in the final days of shooting. Aldrich reluctantly agreed and was dismayed when the film was released with this alternate ending. He later concluded that "if you shoot two endings, they will always use the other one, never yours".

      Shot in 30 days.

      About 16 minutes into the movie as Massai (Burt Lancaster) is fleeing from the white mob through a hotel corridor you can see an unlit electric 'EXIT' sign visible in the hallway at the top of the shot.

      The tire tracks on the mud when Massai came back to the girl.

      Early in the film Massai is seen running through the dirt streets of St. Louis on wooden sidewalks, with wooden buildings of one or two stories. In the 1880's, St. Louis had tall buildings and paved streets, not wooden buildings and dirt streets.

      Crew or equipment visible
      When Massai is moving through Clagg's barn, a mattress is seen being flopped into position on the bottom left of the screen, to be used for Clagg to land on after being hit by Massai.

      Revealing mistakes
      When Massai exits Santos' wickiup, his shadow is visible on the blue backdrop simulating the sky.

      Lancaster, the blue-eyed Massai.

      The corn wasn't corn at all but rush, an aquatic plant. You can see the difference between them. The plants have no cob.

      Jean Peters - the blue-eyed Apache woman.

      Memorable Quotes

      Filming Locations
      Soledad Canyon, California, USA
      Solemint Junction, California, USA
      Canyon Country, California, USA
      Agoura Ranch, Agoura, California, USA
      Dardanelle Resort, Stanislaus National Forest, California, USA
      Russell Ranch - Triunfo Canyon Road, Thousand Oaks, California, USA
      Burro Flats, Simi Hills, California, USA
      Corriganville, Ray Corrigan Ranch, Simi Valley, California, USA
      Keywest Studios, Santa Monica, California, USA
      New Mexico, USA
      Red Rock Crossing, Sedona, Arizona, USA
      San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles, California, USA
      Sedona, Arizona, USA
      (red sandstone buttes)
      Sierra Nevada Mountains, California, USA
      Simi Valley, California, USA
      Tuolumne County, California, USA
      Vasquez Rocks Natural Area Park - 10700 W. Escondido Canyon Rd., Agua Dulce, California, USA
      (Geronimo's surrender scenes)
      Warner Ranch, Calabasas, California, USA

      Watch this Clip

      Best Wishes
      London- England

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    • Re: (New Review) Classic Movie Westerns- Apache (1954)

      Apache is a 1954 film starring Burt Lancaster.
      Jean Peters , John McIntire

      User Review
      B]`I fight alone'[/B]
      19 May 2003 | by Ilya Mauter

      Apache was the third feature Robert Aldrich directed. Before he worked as an assistant director to Jean Renoir, William Wellman, Lewis Milestone and even Charlie Chaplin and also made several episodes for TV films. He was invited to direct Apache by its co-producer and main star Burt Lancaster.

      The Apache's particularity is that it doesn't enter the classic Western scheme of almost obligatory showing of the Indians as bad guys, thou the most illustrious example of this probably belong to John Ford's 1964 Cheyenne Autumn with which the legendary director bid a farewell to the genre. Also Apache's distinctiveness resides in the treatment that is given to the central theme of the Western genre, which is revenge.

      Here the Indian rebellious warrior Massai, wonderfully played by Burt Lancaster is obsessively seeking revenge facing the enemy not only in a form of one person or a small group of people in accordance with traditional Western vengeance system, but in a form an entire society either Indian or White, a society that he considers his enemy and against which he courageously fights alone not looking for help from anyone till he meets an equally strong character Nalinle (Jean Peters), a woman who simply accepts him as he is ready to share all the difficulties of Massai's life and even to sacrifice her own life for the man she loves. From this point on as his affection for Nalinle increases, his desire to fight everything and everyone proportionally decreases resulting in his settling down looking for more peaceful existence, which is hardly possible due to the burden of his past deeds which weighs over him personified in a collective figure of the American authorities who unceasingly continue to hunt him down.

      A weak, but also in many ways remarkable Western featuring convincing performances from Burt Lancaster and Jean Peters in a tale of self-sacrificing love and courageous but ultimately pointless fight for imaginary cause. 7/10
      Best Wishes
      London- England

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