Geronimo - An American Legend (1993)




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Walter Hill directs John Milius's script (co-written by Larry Gross) depicting a revisionist perspective on the "Geronimo Campaign" and how Geronimo, with 34 men, managed to elude 5000 U.S. cavalry men between 1885 and 1886 before his surrender at the Canyon of the Skeletons in September 1886. The film centers upon Charles Gatewood (Jason Patric), the U.S. Cavalry lieutenant who is charged with capturing the elusive Apache leader. Gatewood is torn by a grudging respect for Geronimo and his people and his duty to his country. But then all the white men in the film have a respect for Geronimo, even as they are trying to hunt him down and kill him. General Charles Crook (Gene Hackman), charged with overseeing the forced settlement of the Apaches on reservations, has nothing but admiration for Geronimo. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi
Action & Adventure , Drama , Western
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Jason Patric
as Lt. Charles Gatewood
Gene Hackman
as Gen. George Crook
Robert Duvall
as Al Sieber
Matt Damon
as Lt. Britton Davis
Wes Studi
as Geronimo
Kevin Tighe
as Brig. Gen. Nelson Miles
Carlos Palomino (II)
as Sgt. Turkey
Victor Aaron
as Ulzana
Stephen McHattie
as Schoonover
John Finn
as Capt. Hentig
Rino Thunder
as Old Nana
Mark Boone Jr.
as Afraid Miner
M.C. Gainey
as Unafraid Miner
Lee de Broux
as City Marshall Hawkins
Scott Wilson
as Redondo
Hoke Howell
as Billy Pickett
Richard Martin Jr.
as Apache Medicine Man
J. Young
as Hawkins' Deputy
Raleigh Wilson
as Yaqui Dave
Jackie Old Coyote
as Apache Vision Woman
Monty Bass
as Dead Shot
Pato Hoffmann
as The Dreamer
Jonathan Ward
as C.S. Fly
Scott Crabbe
as Courier at Ball
Luis Contreras
as Rurale Officer
Patricia Pretzinger
as Woman at Ball
Roger Callard
as Sergeant Mulrey
Sonny Skyhawk
as Schoonover Gang
Juddson Keith Linn
as Bronco Apache
Michael Ruud
as Chaplain
Michael Adams
as Schoonover Gang
Anthony Schmidt
as Schoonover Gang
Michael Minjarez
as Dandy Jim
Burnette Bennett
as Skip-Hey
Jim Beaver
as Proclamation Officer
Jesús Franco
as Native American
George Lee
as Native American
Robert Erickson
as Cavalryman
Michael Stein
as Cavalryman
Greg Goossen
as Schoonover Gang
Walter Robles
as Schoonover Gang
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Critic Reviews for Geronimo - An American Legend

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (3)

A film of great beauty and considerable intelligence.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Superior western, mostly historically accurate. Directed by Walter Hill with strong cast.

November 1, 2008

Visually, action director Hill may be paying tribute to Ford's Westerns in the way he positions the chase and fight scenes against the panormaic vistas, but this Geronimo is curiously bland, neither absorbing nor stirring.

Full Review… | August 7, 2006

A gorgeously shot, fair-minded Western that honors Geronimo and the Apaches, but doesn't demonize the U.S. Cavalry. Vastly underrated and far superior to Dances With Wolves.

January 26, 2006
Fantastica Daily

A sober-minded film directed by Walter Hill

Full Review… | July 19, 2003
Spirituality and Practice

Not-half-bad historical biopic. A strong cast helps out a whole lot.

July 25, 2002

Audience Reviews for Geronimo - An American Legend

I can't believe this movie is rated 51-53% This is one of he most accurate movie you can see. It shows a real scenario, part of the history, you easily could believe this is another western story..I cannot believe how far american government gone to accomplish its own purpose without seeking the wellbeing of every american in this land. Because although Apaches Indians were not American citizens by government, were American by nature. A sad part of history that irrigates the foundations of Arizona state..

Carlos Martinez
Carlos Martinez

A bit crappy I'm afraid despite the all-star lineup. This one belongs in the lineup of ABC's After School Specials.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

I can't quite put my finger on what it was about Walter Hill's, Geronimo: An American Legend, that kept this from being an exceptional film. With a cast made up of Wes Studi, Gene Hackman, Robert Duvall, Jason Patric and Matt Damon, beautiful shots of the American Southwest and a fairly accurate interpretation of historical events, it came across as being just an okay flick. Maybe I was a bit disconcerted by some of the utterly horrible headgear...LOL

Moe E
Moe E

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