Distant Drums (1951)

Distant Drums


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Filmed on location in Florida's Everglades, Distant Drums stars Gary Cooper as Indian fighter Quincy Wyatt. At the height of the Seminole wars, Wyatt leads a small group of soldiers into the Everglades to offer resistance. Along the way, they rescue Judy Beckett (Mari Aldon), one of several white prisoners of the Seminoles. Judy proves to be as worthy a "soldier" as Wyatt and his men during the final Seminole attack. Prominent among the supporting players is Robert Barrat as General Zachary … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Western, Drama, Action & Adventure, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Niven Busch, Martin Rackin
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 11, 2004
Warner Bros. Pictures



as Capt. Quincy Wyatt

as Judy Beckett

as Lt. Richard Tufts

as Pvt. Mohair

as Gen. Zachary Taylor

as Sgt. Shane

as Chief Oscala

as Cpl. Peachtree

as Pvt. Jeremiah Hiff

as Pvt. Tibbett

as Pvt. James Tasher

as Pvt. Jessup

as Pvt. Sullivan

as M. Duprez

as Mme. Duprez

as Indian Boy
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Critic Reviews for Distant Drums

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Might not be top notch Walsh but is still enjoyable.

Full Review… | August 21, 2014
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Though not one of director Raoul Walsh's or star Gary Cooper's best actioners, the movie has some good moments due to visual style and on-location shooting.

Full Review… | April 30, 2012

Dubious war film, mixed with interesting jungle adventure from director Raoul Walsh.

Full Review… | July 17, 2009
Classic Film and Television

Audience Reviews for Distant Drums


I struggled to make it through this one. It's a very generic western, without really anything setting it apart. Fans of Gary Cooper or old westerns will probably enjoy it, but it just never set quite right with me.

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