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Apache Rifles (1964)

Not Rated | | Western | 12 February 1965 (Finland)
A young cavalry officer is assigned the job of bringing in a band of Apaches who have been terrorizing the countryside.

Director:

William Witney (as William H. Witney)

Writers:

Charles B. Smith, Kenneth Gamet (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Audie Murphy ... Jeff Stanton
Michael Dante ... Red Hawk
Linda Lawson Linda Lawson ... Dawn Gillis
L.Q. Jones ... Mike Greer
Ken Lynch ... Hodges
Joseph Vitale ... Victorio (as Joseph A. Vitale)
Robert Brubaker ... Sgt. Cobb
Eugene Iglesias ... Cpl. Ramirez
J. Pat O'Malley ... Capt. Thatcher
John Archer ... Col. Perry
Charles Watts Charles Watts ... Crawford Owens
Howard Wright Howard Wright ... Thompson
Peter Hansen ... Capt. Green
Robert Karnes ... Sheriff
Hugh Sanders ... Arizona Delegate
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Storyline

In the Arizona Territory in 1879, Captain Jeff Stanton takes command of a cavalry unit tasked with returning the Apaches to their reservation. The Mescaleros Apaches, led by chief Victorio, have left the reservation and openly attacked farmers,gold miners and settlers who trespassed on their lands. During a skirmish, Captain Stanton captures Red Hawk, the son of the chief, and uses him to bargain for a truce.Stanton promises to chief Victorio to see that gold miners and settlers are kept off Indian lands.However, some greedy townsfolk and disfranchised gold miners plot to break the uneasy truce.They murder the Indian agent and blame the Apaches.They complain to Washington D.C. about Captain Stanton's negotiated truce.Stanton is replaced by Colonel Perry who intends to use a heavy hand in subduing the Apaches.The consequence of this strategy change proves disastrous. Written by nufs68

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The Cry Was Revenge - And One Man Vowed to Stop the Bloodshed of Two Warring Nations! See more »

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 February 1965 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Apache Uprising See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Color by Deluxe)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Shot in Bronson Canyon and Red Rock Canyon State Park in California. See more »

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When Red Hawk cuts his way into the doctor's tent, Linda Lawson's blanket goes up and down her body. See more »

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Features Indian Uprising (1952) See more »

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An Okay Western with an Underlying Message
3 July 2019 | by Uriah43See all my reviews

After an initial uprising against the Apaches has finally been put down, a cavalry officer by the name of "Captain Jeff Stanton" (Audie Murphy) makes a deal with the Apache chief "Victorio" (Joseph Vitale) that in exchange for returning to their reservation the U.S. Army will guarantee that white miners in search of gold will not trespass. Unfortunately, what Captain Stanton doesn't quite appreciate is the fact that few things stir up greed more than newly discovered gold and because of that some people are willing to do anything to get their hands on it. So if that means starting up another war with the Apache then that is what some of these miners are perfectly willing to do. Now rather than reveal any more I will just say that this was a solid Western for the most part which had an underlying message about racism that was difficult to ignore. And although Audie Murphy performed adequately enough, the film itself lacked the necessary excitement to qualify as anything other than a grade-B movie overall and because of that I have rated it accordingly.


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