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½ November 28, 2015
old style western. intriguing and suspenseful, but it did drag on a bit. an added dimension of character development and depth could have completed its potential.
½ November 26, 2015
good western/actioner
February 23, 2015
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.
½ December 7, 2014
"The Stalking Moon" is not a traditional western with shootouts or bank robberies. A white woman whose son was born of an Indian is tracked with intent of the son being reclaimed.
October 19, 2014
Moody and slightly slow western, but it does try and aim for a little more realism than the usual Hollywood production line efforts. Gregory Peck is solid enough as the scout with plenty of heart.
June 1, 2014
It's a slow-moving stalk.
½ July 24, 2013
One of Hollywood's most underrated westerns. A very skillfully directed and produced thriller that deemphasizes dialogue in favor of silence, scenery and action; not an easy matter in film-making.
May 28, 2013
Sam Varner spent a lifetime fighting Apaches in Arizona and knows more about them than anyone. He needs every single ounce of his know how to stay alive after circumstances bring him up against the most dangerous apache warrior of all, Salvaje, in a duel to the death.
½ December 17, 2011
It's an effective Western-thriller. The first half is leisurely and filled with lovely photography. Then it turns into a siege film.
April 9, 2011
A wonderful western with a mix of suspense and terror. Great job by Gregory Peck as the retired U.S. cavalry scout Sam Varner, who takes up the responsibility of protecting a white woman and her half Apache son from a vicious Apache warrior, and father of the boy, named Salvaje.
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March 13, 2011
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
October 23, 2010
Classy production with an excellent cast, great photography, and a nice score. Too bad it's also rather boring. Worth watching if you like westerns and Gregory Peck.
June 17, 2010
A movie exceptional beauty and suspense. I liked atmospheric western. Beautiful scenes was in it. One of my best movies. The Stalking Moon. The story was very very good.
May 27, 2010
3: Very solid western. I seen very few films this sparse on dialogue, nor many with such simple stories. I absolutely hated the boy's father and couldn't wait for Gregory Peck to kill him, as we of course knew he would in the end. Few films are this black and white, where the murderer/antagonist is so evil and such a blank canvas and unknown quantity that it is impossible not to hate them. Marie Saint is adequate, but this is definitely not her greatest role, nor her greatest performance. Peck gives a solid and authentic-seeming performance as well. The real strength of the film lies in the story, the pacing, editing, and locations though. This is the old west of legend. Everything fits.
November 26, 2009
I liked this atmospheric western. Gregory Peck was quite convincing, and the secretive Solvaje made a great suspenseful menace. The build up of suspense was done very well, and the denouement was satisfying. An under appreciated Western.
October 18, 2009
This western was released when Hollywood was about finished with the genre and the film went unnoticed. However, the movie is well photographed, with good work by Gregory Peck, Although Eva Marie Saint doesn't have much to do in the way of dialogue. The film has plenty of suspense, creepy shadows, and eerie noises in the dark and at times seems more like a mystery than a western. Most of the action occurs at picture's end, and Fred Karlin's plaintive yet thrilling score builds up the tension as Peck and Salvaje edge towards their showdown.
½ April 4, 2009
Not particularly well known but a solid western thriller. Reunites Peck with his "Mockingbird" director.
December 22, 2008
: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.
½ November 2, 2008
Gregory Peck stars as an army scout retiring to take up farming in New Mexico. He agrees to escort a woman and her half-Apache son, only to find out along the way that they are being hunted by the boy's father. After a slow build-up.., there is some good suspense towards the end!
November 1, 2008
a dgood drama and western.
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