The Stalking Moon (1968)

The Stalking Moon (1968)





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Adapted from a novel by Theodore V. Olsen, The Stalking Moon opens in the Arizona of the Old West, as the U.S. calvary is in the process of relocating Native Americans to reservations. One of the calvary men is Sam Varner (Gregory Peck), an aging scout who is ready to retire to his New Mexico home after this mission. Varner is called upon to sneak into a small Apache camp in order to disarm the guards before the rest of his troupe rides in to round up the whole tribe. After the round-up, a white woman is discovered among the Americans. Her name is Sarah Carver (Eva Marie Saint), and she was captured ten years ago by a mysterious and vicious warrior named Salvaje (Nathaniel Narcsisco), who is not among those captured in the round-up. Held against her will, she now has a nine-year-old son by Salvaje. Although her English is very rusty from disuse, she lets Varner know that she and her son would like to be taken away from the tribe. He agrees to transport her to his home, and they set out together for New Mexico, having to overcome obstacles such as a sandstorm to get there. Along the way, they seem to sense that someone is following them, and after they arrive at Varner's cabin, they find themselves set upon by the vengeful Salvaje. Enlisting the aid of a half-breed scout Robert Forster that he raised from childhood, Varner tries to fend off Salvaje, who seems to be toying with them before moving in for the final kill.
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Gregory Peck
as Sam Varner
Eva Marie Saint
as Sarah Carver
Robert Forster
as Nick Tana
Lonny Chapman
as Purdue
Lou Frizzell
as Stationmaster
Henry Beckman
as Sgt. Rudabaugh
Richard Bull
as Doctor
Rolf the Dog
as Himself
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Critic Reviews for The Stalking Moon

All Critics (3)

It is all sympathetic enough but low on vitality.

Full Review… | April 11, 2016
The Spectator

Talkative and thoughtful Western.

Full Review… | December 24, 2015
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Robert Mulligan was the only American filmmaker to wade into such painfully vexing and frightfully bourgeois territory, and come out with a truly great film.

Full Review… | October 20, 2014
Film Comment Magazine

Audience Reviews for The Stalking Moon

A terrific film in every respect. This western has it all if you give it time. Great dialog, acting, music soundtrack, tension and action. With a wonderful supporting cast one of Peck's more overlooked gems.

Jack Hunter
Jack Hunter

It seemed to start off good at the beginning but then got boring as it went on.I'm glad I didn't have high hopes for this 1.1 star just for the scenery

Brody Manson
Brody Manson

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:fresh: Not even listed as one of Gregory Peck's better films, I consider this to be one of the most exciting Westerns I have ever seen. The Stalking Moon, Jeremiah Johnson, High Noon,.. all three are Western Classics. The movie begins slowly but the sense of foreboding builds throughout the film as Sam and his adopted family wait for the inevitable. Eva Marie Saint portrays an abused woman with spare dignity and understated grace, the little boy is great and Gregory Peck is a formidable presence, growing stronger in character and determination as his feelings for the woman and her son develop. Nathaniel Narsisco, as the Stalker is realistically and excruciatingly frightening as he silently tracks his prey.

Leslie somerville
Leslie somerville

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