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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 »

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Western

Certificate:

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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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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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Serious effort
14 July 2019 | by PanamintSee all my reviews

This is a serious-minded and sincere effort at presenting some of the difficult aspects of US-Native American relations in the old west, albeit through a Hollywood lens. It delivers above its low budget and features a remarkably lean script in a conventional style.

Massacres anywhere were extremely brutal in the 19th century and one is depicted in this film as is a Custer type of US army blunder. This movie is violent but it is depicted within the context of what actually happened in those days, and isn't gratuitous or exploitative.

Audie Murphy is very watchable with his undeniable screen presence and his strong war hero credentials. You know that he could really lead these soldiers to hell and back if necessary. In fact, he literally could. A love triangle is rather awkwardly shoe-horned into the movie featuring beautiful and soft spoken actress Linda Lawson (who is virtually forgotten nowadays). She is perfect as a compassionate activist endeavoring for progress on the frontier. Her gentle acting style works well against the believable controlled violence personality that Murphy was able to develop for all of his soldier roles.

Acting by the supporting cast is uniformly good and features the ultimate movie rabble-rouser L.Q Jones. Jones rouses a lot of rabble in this one.

This skillfully edited and filmed low budget movie is worth your viewing time.


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