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Geronimo: An American Legend (1993)

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The story of the Apache chief and his armed resistance to the U.S. Government's subjugation of his people.

Director:

Walter Hill

Writers:

John Milius (story), John Milius (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Patric ... Lt. Charles Gatewood
Gene Hackman ... Brig. Gen. George Crook
Robert Duvall ... Al Sieber
Wes Studi ... Geronimo
Matt Damon ... Lt. Britton Davis
Rodney A. Grant ... Mangas
Kevin Tighe ... Brig. Gen. Nelson Miles
Steve Reevis ... Chato
Carlos Palomino Carlos Palomino ... Sgt. Turkey
Victor Aaron Victor Aaron ... Ulzana
Stuart Proud Eagle Grant Stuart Proud Eagle Grant ... Sgt. Dutchy
Stephen McHattie ... Schoonover
John Finn ... Capt. Hentig
Lee de Broux ... City Marshal Joe Hawkins
Rino Thunder ... Old Nana
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Storyline

The Apache Indians have reluctantly agreed to settle on a US Government approved reservation. Not all the Apaches are able to adapt to the life of corn farmers. One in particular, Geronimo, is restless. Pushed over the edge by broken promises and necessary actions by the government, Geronimo and thirty or so other warriors form an attack team which humiliates the government by evading capture, while reclaiming what is rightfully theirs. Written by Rob Hartill

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Taglines:

A Warrior. A Leader. A Legend. See more »

Genres:

Drama | History | Western

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for frontier violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Release Date:

10 December 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Geronimo See more »

Filming Locations:

Kayenta, Arizona, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$18,635,620
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

SDDS (8 channels)| Dolby Stereo (35 mm prints)| 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Another film on Geronimo, a made-for-television movie was released on TNT five days before the release of this movie. Some accounts attribute this as having a detrimental effect on the box-office take for this movie. See more »

Goofs

The steam locomotive used to transport the Apache band at the end is an oil burning locomotive. A phony load of wood sits atop the tender's fuel-oil bunker. The engine is making thick black smoke, an indication of an oil fired locomotive. Such thick smoke is an indication of poor fuel burning, something movie directors request, but hardly real-world practice. Properly operated steam locomotives make much less smoke, regardless of whether fuel is wood, coal, or oil. See more »

Quotes

2nd Lt. Britton Davis: [narrating] The federal government had forced over 500 Chiricahua to take up residence within Turkey Creek's narrow borders. Corn was the main crop, but the land was not fertile enough for them to be self-sufficient. The Chiricahua had become dependent upon monthly allotments of government supplies for their well-being
Geronimo: Gatewood. You come to visit me.
1st Lt. Charles B. Gatewood: It makes my heart glad to see Geronimo. How's the life of a farmer?
Geronimo: Some Apaches are good farmer. Others miss the old way. I am not good farmer, ...
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Connections

Featured in Troldspejlet: Episode dated 21 May 1994 (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Deal Gently With Thy Servants, Lord
Performed by The Boston Camerata, Schola Cantorum (as The Schola Cantorum of Boston)
Joel Cohen, Director; Frederick Jodry, Director
Courtesy of Erato Disques S.A.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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A remarkable film about one of history's most infamous individuals
11 July 2002 | by Agent10See all my reviews

One of the many films which are overlooked, the stark portrayal of the American Army couldn't have been more refreshing. While we are constantly exposed to the goodness of our forefathers, at least this film proved to be a little diligent to a true portrayal. Anyway, this film was excellent in the scope of its cinematography, scope and powerful script. Sadly, while Jason Patric has done little to enhance his career since this film, at least he shined for a few short moments, particularly in this movie. Wes Studi's performance as Geronimo was superb, adding depth to the legend which few people have only heard about through old wives tales and abridged history books. Robert Duvall and Gene Hackman were both excellent in this film. I also felt Matt Damon was excellent in this film, further giving precedence to the idea of him being a superior actor to his terrible actor-friend in Ben Affleck. A Truly excellent movie.


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