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Chuka (1967)

Approved | | Western | 23 July 1967 (USA)
While Indians besiege a U.S. Army fort in 1876, residents of the fort, a gunfighter, a stagecoach driver, two Mexican women, and a motley company of soldiers, try to come to terms with their pasts.

Director:

Gordon Douglas

Writers:

Richard Jessup (novel), Richard Jessup (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Rod Taylor ... Chuka
Ernest Borgnine ... Sgt. Otto Hahnsbach
John Mills ... Col. Stuart Valois
Luciana Paluzzi ... Señora Veronica Kleitz
James Whitmore ... Lou Trent
Victoria Vetri ... Señorita Helena Chavez (as Angela Dorian)
Louis Hayward ... Maj. Benson
Michael Cole ... Spivey
Hugh Reilly Hugh Reilly ... Capt. Carrol
Barry O'Hara Barry O'Hara ... Slim - Cook
Joseph Sirola ... Jake Baldwin
Marco Lopez Marco Lopez ... Hanu (as Marco Antonio)
Gerald York Gerald York ... Lt. Daly
Herlinda Del Carmen Herlinda Del Carmen ... Indian Girl
Lucky Carson Lucky Carson ... Stage Driver
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While Indians besiege a U.S. Army fort in 1876, residents of the fort, a gunfighter, a stagecoach driver, two Mexican women, and a motley company of soldiers, try to come to terms with their pasts.

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Of his kind Chuka's the best there is. At fighting. At loving. And when it had to be - at killing! See more »

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Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 July 1967 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Chuka: The Gunfighter See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Pathécolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Goofs

When Chuka (Rod Taylor) takes a lance to his side during the Indian attack, he momentarily grabs the tip of the spear and then suddenly the entire lance is gone. It would be impossible in his condition to remove the lance so quickly. See more »

Quotes

Col. Stuart Valois: It will be wonderful to dine instead of to feed. It seems to be the routine when men in a country like this are isolated. I miss the conversation... the eloquence of dining in mixed company.
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Chucking It All Away
18 September 2008 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

This is a strange western that I think owes some inspiration from John Ford's classic Cheyenne Autumn. Like the Ford movie it's concerning starving Indians on the reservation, in this case Arapahoe who resolve not to starve any longer.

Especially when post commander John Mills has plenty of army supplies in his fort and won't feed the Arapahoe or give them guns to hunt. His fort is a last chance outpost where apparently the army sends all its misfits from the commander on down. Holding some kind of discipline together is Sergeant Ernest Borgnine.

Into the mix rides gunfighter Rod Taylor in the title role together with Luciana Paluzzi and her niece Victoria Vetri. Paluzzi and Taylor had a little something something going back in the day.

In any event the Arapahoes have them boxed in with a massacre impending. Our sympathies are completely with the Indians on this one. This post contains some of the worst specimens of human being ever gathered together in one spot. Mills is a frightening spectacle with Borgnine enforcing his edicts on an unruly post. Of course there's a reason he's a drunken shell of a man which we learn near the end of the film.

Chuka misses being a classic because of the pedestrian direction it got from Gordon Douglas. Someone like Delmar Daves or John Huston could have made it a classic. The cast is a good one.

John Ford would never have directed it though, no way he would have portrayed his beloved United States Cavalry like this.


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