Burt Lancaster & Jean Peters as blue-eyed Apaches
If you can suspend disbelief that Burt Lancaster and Jean Peters are
Apaches, then this isn't a bad western. If you can't, well then there's
gonna be a lot of low ratings posted here.
In 1886, Geronimo and his braves surrender to the U.S. Calvary in New Mexico
and are shipped off to Ft. Marion, Florida. All except one, an Apache named
Massai (Burt Lancaster) who begins a one man war against the
Massai escapes from the train that is shipping the Apaches back east and
makes his way back to New Mexico. From there, he attacks wagons, soldiers,
bridges etc., making life hard for the authorities. He kidnaps Nalinle
(Jean Peters) and takes her up to the hills with him while Indian scouts
John McIntire and Charles Bronson hunt them down.
Massai finds an isolated spot in the high country and starts to plant a
small corn field from seed he got from a Cherokee farmer (Morris Ankrum).
He also gets Peters pregnant with child.
The ending scene in Massai's little cornfield is pure Hollywood. The action
scenes are tight as we see Lancaster jumping from rock to rock as he picks
off at least 10 of the Indian scouts that have him surrounded. But then as
Massai is wounded and runs into McIntire in the cornfield, disbelief occurs
and the conclusion seems tacked on in order to make a happy ending out of
it. You'll have to see it for yourself.
Still, it's entertaining enough as it is. It's based on a true incident and
Lancaster at least brings some dignity to his role as the noble warrior
turned farmer who wants to be left in peace. It could've turned out a lot
I give it a 6 out of 10 for his performance alone..
Lancaster as a rebellious Indian
The movie tells the story of a rebellious apache who refuses to
with his chief Geronimo,and wages a one-man war against the U.S.
Following movies like "Broken Arrow (1950)" this film takes the side of
Indian.Lancaster is again at his most athletic in the leading role,but he
makes a rather unlikely Indian.The same could be said of Jean Peters,who
nevertheless looks ravishing as Lancaster's squaw.It's anyway an