In Apache territory, a supply Army column heads for the next fort, an ex-scout searches for the killer of his Indian wife, and a housewife abandons her husband in order to rejoin her Apache lover's tribe.
Chief of Scouts Ed Bannon narrowly avoids an Apache ambush while working with the cavalry stationed at Fort Clark, Texas. The US Army is trying to talk peace with the Apaches and move them to reservations in Florida, and they take Bannon's efforts as detrimental to their new policies, so they fire him. When the Apache chief's son Torinada returns from an Eastern education, Bannon becomes highly suspicious of his motives based run-ins with Torinada in the past. Bannon continues shadowing the proceedings to the chagrin of both the US Army and the Apache warrior.Written by
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The character "Ed Bannon" is partially based on Al Sieber, Chief of Scouts of the United States Army in the Southwest, according to the legend that appears at the end of the film, but there are several significant differences between Bannon and Sieber. The fictional Bannon was raised by Apache's but Sieber was born in Germany (in 1844) and raised in New York. Bannon has an antipathy toward Native Americans, especially Apaches, which Sieber did not. Ironically, according to those who knew him, he didn't particularly like whites and preferred the company of Native Americans. Sieber, a Civil War veteran, became chief of scouts for the U.S. Army at the San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation in 1870. He led the Apache scouts who helped to track down and capture Geronimo in Mexico, and reportedly survived 29 arrow and gunshot wounds during his life. In 1907, he was killed in an accident while working as the foreman of a Native American road-building crew. Sieber spoke German, English, Spanish, Apache and at least one other Native American language. He mentored Tom Horn who was also a scout for the army and became multi-lingual under Sieber's tutelage. See more »
There actually was a Ghost Dance movement, it was a religious revival of Native Americans in 1890, but it did not involve Apaches, who inhabited mainly the Southwest (Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, etc.). It was popular among the Lakota (Sioux) of the Northern Plains. See more »
Captain Bill North:
Give me your attention. This command is going after Toriano. Now, on my responsibility, we'll take our orders from Mr. Bannon.
I'll make it short. There's only one way to beat the Apache - fight the way he fights... hit and run until he can't run anymore.
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The fact that this movie has someone like Charlton Heston means that it's probably going to be at least an average movie. As usual he doesn't disappoint as he puts in a pretty good performance as a frontier scout named "Ed Bannon" who has grown to know--and hate--the Apaches. So when an Apache warrior named "Toriano" (Jack Palance) returns from the East at the same time the Apaches begin to assemble in large numbers to supposedly be transported to a reservation, Ed Bannon becomes highly suspicious. At any rate, rather than give away the entire story I will just say that this film manages to maintain interest for the most part. One thing I didn't like were the broad stereotypes made by Ed Bannon which supposedly enabled him to know exactly what Toriano would do next. Only in Hollywood. Likewise, I didn't particularly care for the limited role of "Nita" (Katy Jurado) and the way her character ended. That said, I consider this to be only slightly above average but worth a look for those who enjoy a good Western movie.
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