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Apache Natives are after Ellen (Bibi Andersson), her baby, and her husband, William (Dennis Weaver). The family crosses paths with Jess (James Garner), a man who is trying to find out who killed his own wife, a Native American woman. He begins to travel with the couple, but the trailing Apaches soon chase them all into a canyon. Jess is able to escape the situation and alert nearby soldiers. In the process, he also discovers a shocking revelation about his wife's death.

Cast & Crew

James Garner
Jess Remsberg
Bibi Andersson
Ellen Grange
Dennis Weaver
Willard Grange
Bill Travers
Lt. Scotty McAllister
William Redfield
Sgt. Ferguson
John Hoyt
Chata
John Hubbard
Maj. Novac
Kevin Coughlin
Norton (uncredited)
Jay Ripley
Tech (uncredited)
Jeff Cooper
Trooper Casey (uncredited)
Ralph Bahnsen
Trooper Nyles (uncredited)
Robert Crawford Jr.
Trooper Swenson
Richard Lapp
Forbes (uncredited)
Armand Alzamora
Ramirez (uncredited)
Ralph Nelson
Col. Foster
Dawn Little Sky
Chata's Wife (uncredited)
Neal Hefti
Original Music
Charles F. Wheeler
Cinematographer
Alfred Ybarra
Art Director
Victor A. Gangelin
Set Decoration
Yvonne Wood
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  • Apr 06, 2010
    (1966 Director: Ralph Nelson) Among the best of the good westerns...Sydney Poitier, James Garner, Dennis Weaver, Bill Travers & Bibi Andersson?! Here is the synopsis fromt he site www.rottentomatoes.com: "Synopsis: Based on the novel APACHE RISING by Marvin Albert, this bold and inspired western meets every expectation of its genre. Director Ralph Nelson keeps the pace lively in this Calvary verses the... Based on the novel APACHE RISING by Marvin Albert, this bold and inspired western meets every expectation of its genre. Director Ralph Nelson keeps the pace lively in this Calvary verses the Indians narrative and puts both James Garner and Sidney Poitier to great use. Garner plays Jess Remsberg, a rugged handsome scout, and Poitier plays Toller, a former trooper, who now makes a living breaking in horses. Bill Travers is their formidable leader, Lt. Scotty McAllister. When the vigorous McAllister leads his group of recruits to a far away fort they are unexpectedly attacked by Apaches. The group is saved by Remsberg's knowledge of the Indians and Toller also helps out in unexpected ways. Poitier stretches here, and the result is a surprising and delightful characterization. The well staged, action packed, battle sequences are also a credit to Nelson's direction. Look for Richard Farnsworth, who turns in a memorable cameo as the wagon driver." {My review will be adeded)
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  • Feb 15, 2008
    Ralph Nelson gained a lot of experience as a television director in the early days. He has also teamed up with Sidney Poitier several times. I have enjoyed all of the films I've seen directed by Nelson, not as the most excellent overall piece of film work, but through the believable performances he draws out of his actors. Andersson plays a frontier woman who was captured by the Apache. She discovers they are not savages and that their way of life is very satisfying. When she is re-kidnapped by white soldiers, her life becomes hell. As expected from this frontier culture, everyone hates or avoids her as if she's been infested with some disease from spending time with the Indians. Everyone thinks she must be a spoiled woman since the savages probably used her as a whore, including her trader husband. She makes several attempts to run back to the Apache, but they consider her a traitor because they think she went back willingly with the white people. She's caught in between these two cultures at war. A major theme of the story is universal Xenophobia. But then the chief threatens to bury her alive for being a traitor, so the Indians are shown to be more savage in the end. And to top it all off, Andersson does have a mixed baby from her time with the Apache tribe. The rest of the ensemble is well developed and provides the adventure and framework. Garner plays a freelance scout who often contracts with the army. He is an expert in the terrain and knows something about Apache strategy since he was married to an Indian woman. He sympathizes with Andersson and is a loner himself because he's never felt welcome in either culture. He's also out for revenge against a white man who scalped his wife. Poitier is a retired army sergeant who has taken up saddle-breaking horses for a living. He's the rare black man on the frontier who is well educated, well dressed, and well respected by almost everyone. Travers plays a Scottish Lieutenant who is charged with training some new recruits and transporting a wagon full of munitions and explosives to another fort across Apache territory. Weaver plays Andersson's husband and he has a wagon of goods he wants to trade at the other fort too. The schedule is rushed forward on this dangerous mission. So instead of heading off to the other fort ahead of the army on his revenge quest, Garner is convinced to scout for the military caravan once again. Poitier has to tag along to tame some of the wild horses on the way in order to receive the remainder of his promised pay. Travers has to deal with inexperienced troops and match military strategy with the Apache chief who is determined to get a hold of the munitions wagon for himself. Weaver, the racist, comes along for the trip as well, expecting protection and just generally causing more drama.
    Byron B Super Reviewer

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