Ulzana's Raid (1972)

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    • Ulzana's Raid (1972)




      Plot Summary
      Report reaches the US cavalry that the Apache leader Ulzana
      has left his reservation with a band of followers.
      A compassionate young officer, Lieutenant DeBuin, is given a small company
      to find him and bring him back; accompanying the troop is McIntosh, an experienced scout,
      and Ke-Ni-Tay, an Apache guide. Ulzana massacres, rapes and loots across the countryside;
      and as DeBuin encounters the remains of his victims, he is compelled to learn
      from McIntosh and to confront his own naiveté and hidden prejudice.
      Written by David Levene

      Full Cast
      Burt Lancaster ... McIntosh
      Bruce Davison ... Lt. Garnett DeBuin
      Jorge Luke ... Ke-Ni-Tay
      Richard Jaeckel ... Sergeant
      Joaquín Martínez ... Ulzana (as Joaquin Martinez)
      Lloyd Bochner ... Captain Gates
      Karl Swenson ... Rukeyser
      Douglass Watson ... Maj. Cartwright
      Dran Hamilton ... Mrs. Riordan
      John Pearce ... Corporal
      Gladys Holland ... Mrs. Rukeyser
      Margaret Fairchild ... Mrs.Ginsford
      Aimee Eccles ... McIntosh's Indian Woman (as Aimee Ecclés)
      Richard Bull ... Ginsford
      Otto Reichow ... Steegmeyer
      Dean Smith ... Horowitz
      Larry Randles ... Mulkearn
      Hal Maguire ... Trooper
      Ted Markland ... Trooper
      R.L. Armstrong ... Trooper
      John McKee ... Trooper
      Tony Epper ... Trooper
      Nick Cravat ... Trooper
      William H. Burton Jr. ... Trooper (as Bill Burton)
      Fred Brookfield ... Trooper
      Jerry Gatlin ... Trooper
      Walter Scott ... Trooper
      Richard Farnsworth ... Trooper
      Henry Camargo ... Indian Brave
      Larry Colelay ... Indian Brave
      Gil Escandon ... Indian Brave
      Marvin Fragua ... Indian Brave
      Frank Gonzales ... Indian Brave
      Benny Thompson ... Indian Brave
      George Aguilar ... Indian Brave
      Wallace Sinyella ... Indian Brave
      Hal Baylor ... Curtis (uncredited)
      Leslie Ann Flanagan ... Ginsford Girl (uncredited)
      Mary Carla Flanagan ... Ginsford Girl (uncredited)
      Steve T. Leonard ... Ginsford Boy (uncredited)
      Ross Loney ... Rider (uncredited)

      Carter DeHaven ... producer (as Carter De Haven)
      Alan Sharp ... associate producer
      Harold Hecht ... producer (uncredited)
      Burt Lancaster ... producer (uncredited)

      Frank De Vol ... (as Frank DeVol)

      Joseph F. Biroc ... director of photography (as Joseph Biroc)

      Writing Credits
      Alan Sharp ... (written by)

      Robert Aldrich privately admitted that he wasn't
      entirely satisfied with the way the film turned out.

      Although technically not credited as such, Burt Lancaster was virtually
      a producer on the film, helping bring it to screen, taking a percentage
      instead of an upfront salary and having a say in the editing stages.

      The UK DVD release has been re-edited to remove all instances of horses being trip-wired.
      According to the British Board of Film Classification, such a tactic contravenes
      the 1937 Cinematograph Act (following the carnage of the flying W
      in The Charge of the Light Brigade (1936)),
      which forbids the ill treatment of any animal in the making of a film
      (although some stuntmen claim that the method can be performed without harming any horses).

      Filmed for $1.2 million in only seven weeks, a good three to four weeks
      less than most of Robert Aldrich's movies.

      When the platoon sets out from the fort, Macintosh's Indian girlfriend
      is watching them depart, with her face half-hidden by the shawl
      she is holding tightly under her nose.
      The next shot cuts straight to a close up of her face, but her hands are not in view
      and more of her face is hidden by the shawl.

      Filming Locations
      Coronado National Forest, Arizona, USA
      Tucson, Arizona, USA
      Nogales, Arizona, USA
      Valley of Fire State Park - Route 169, Overton, Nevada, USA
      Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
      Ruby, Arizona, USA
      Sonoita, Arizona, USA
      Huachuca Mountains, Arizona, USA
      Whetstone Mountains, Arizona, USA
      Harshaw, Arizona, USA
      Fort Crittenden, Sonoita, Arizona, USA
      Pajarito Mountains, Arizona, USA
      Atascosa Mountains, Arizona, USA
      Rio Rico, Arizona, USA
      Babocomari River, Arizona, USA
      Pantano, Arizona, USA
      Empire Mountains, Arizona, USA
      Hereford, Arizona, USA
      Baboquivari Mountains, Arizona, USA
      Duquesne, Arizona, USA
      Best Wishes
      London- England

      The post was edited 1 time, last by ethanedwards ().

    • Ulzana's Raid is a 1972 revisionist Western starring Burt Lancaster,
      Richard Jaeckel, Bruce Davison and Joaquin Martinez.

      The film, which was filmed on location in Arizona,
      was directed by Robert Aldrich, based on a script by Alan Sharp.
      Emanuel Levy summarizes the film, "Ulzana's Raid,
      one of the best Westerns of the 1970s,
      is also one of the most underestimated pictures
      of vet director Robert Aldrich, better known for his sci-fi
      and horror flicks, such as Kiss Me Deadly and What Ever Happened to Baby Jane."

      Set in 1880s Arizona, it portrays a brutal raid by Chiricahua Apaches against European settlers.
      The bleak and nihilistic tone showing U.S. troops chasing an elusive
      but murderous enemy has been seen as allegorical to the United States
      participation in the Vietnam War.

      User Review

      A nearly perfect western you shouldn't miss
      29 August 2001 | by roegrocks (China)

      roegrocks wrote:

      A small group of Apaches has just stolen some horses and left the reservation. Their number and immediate intentions are unclear to the commander of the nearest US Calvary outpost, but his youngest Lieutenant wishes to give them the benefit of the doubt according to his Christian philosophy.

      The Calvary's scout is a grizzled, weather-beaten man played to perfection by Burt Lancaster. He knows exactly what the Apaches intentions are, and seems flabbergasted by the commander of the base for whom he serves. Nevertheless, he follows his orders all the while never missing a chance to foretell what will be the result of the Commander's delays.

      The premise of this movie does follow the most cynical views that one people may hold for another, and there's no point in arguing their accuracy here. Different from many other films about Indian uprisings, at least this one attempts to explain the motives of the Apaches. To appreciate any film the premise must be "swallowed", but there are many who will not be able to keep it down long enough to enjoy the excellent writing, wonderful performances, and "not a frame viewed without purpose" editing and directing. I recommend this film completely and consider it an 8 out of 10, which I give to very few films.

      Upon the first viewing this has become one of my favorite, if not my very favorite, western of all time. Not for the squeamish due to extreme violence to both people and animals.
      Best Wishes
      London- England

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