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Apache (1954)

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Apache was based on Paul I. Wellman's novel Broncho Apache, which in turn was inspired by a true story. Burt Lancaster plays Massai, a lieutenant of the great Apache warrior Geronimo (here depicted as an old man, played by Monte Blue). Though his tribe has signed surrender terms with the conquering whites, Massai refuses to do so. He escapes from a prison train and conducts a one-man war against the white intruders-and against some of his own people. Along the way, he claims Nalinle (Jean Peters), whom he previously regarded as a traitor to his cause, as his wife. John McIntire plays famed Indian scout Al Sieber, who-in this film, if not in real life-is sympathetic to the Indians' plight and Massai's single-purposed cause. The real-life counterpart to Massai was killed by Sieber's minions after agreeing to call off the hostilies; United Artists objected to this, forcing producer/star Burt Lancaster to shoot an unconvincingly happy ending.more
Rating: G
Genre: Western, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: James R. Webb
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 8, 2001
Runtime:
MGM Home Entertainment

Cast

John McIntire
as Al Sieber
Jean Peters
as Nalinle
Walter Sande
as Lt. Col. Beck
Monte Blue
as Geronimo
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Critic Reviews for Apache

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Variety
Top Critic

Full Review… | August 8, 2006
New York Times
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Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

The radicalized howl to Broken Arrow's amenable mewl

Full Review… | February 3, 2011
CinePassion

Burt Lancaster joins a long line of white actors who played native Americans in this brutal Western, directed by the young Robert Aldrich, who was forced to change the ending.

Full Review… | January 19, 2011
Screendaily

Audience Reviews for Apache

½

This is a horrible western. First of all, are we really supposed to believe that Lancaster is a Native American? It's too obvious he's not. Second, the story is wandering. Lastly, don't waste your time.

ajv2688
Aj V

Super Reviewer

½

Enjoyable western that takes the "native american" side by pointing out the terrible racism perpetrated by white people. By blacking up white actors and having them say "white man speak with forked tongue". Sigh. At least Burt's heart was in the right place...

garyX
xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

Great film. Well acted despite the cheesy 'blacking up'. Typical western in every other respect.

DrLappos
Barry Lappin

Super Reviewer

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