An exciting Western with colorful action and a surprising ending...
It was only in his third film, "Apache," that Aldrich's assured grasp
of genre and liberal sensibilities came to the fore in a sympathetic
but never maudlin portrait of an Indian alienated from both white
America and his own kind...
Based upon the Novel "Bronco Apache" by Paul I. Wellman, the film
relates the story of the last Apache warrior Massai following
Declined to live on Government reservations, a real-brave Massai became
a legend for waging a one-man war against the encroaching U.S. Army in
Lancaster stars as the menacing, stormy, inflamed warrior whose spirit
is as high as the white snowy peak of his mountain... Massai came back
from far away weary from a journey that no warrior had ever made
before... He seems like a dying wolf biting at its own wounds... For
him there is no place in his life for love... Love is for men who can
walk without looking behind... For men who can live summer and winter
in the same place... Every man, every Indian is his enemy...
Jean Peters looked radiant as the blue-eyes Nalinle who really knows
there had never been a chief like Massai...
John McIntire combed the whole country searching for Massai... For him
it takes two to call off a war... Massai must be in those mountains
For Bronson, "Apache" marked the first of his numerous excursions into
Aldrich tried to offer an inspiring message, and his film was exciting
filled with colorful action scenes, and a surprising ending....
I just finished watching APACHE on TCM.. had to post this.. Strangely this
was the first time I sat down and watched this film.. Not only was it was
very difficult to believe Lancaster in the role of Native American, but
seeing him say his lines.. it was embarrassing. They seemed forced and his
heart didnt seem in it. Mr Lancaster could never possibly know what it
would be like, feel like, etc etc, to be a "hunted Native American".. I'm
am NO-part American Indian and I found this film pailful to watch and a
painful reminder that:
For the most part Hollywood has NEVER portrayed Native Americans
truthfully and honestly.. its either racist-biggoted or its tranparently
I'm a big fan of Burts and have loved most all he's done from The Killers
the The Train to The Swimmer.. but Ill have to excuse him for this flick as
just a bad choice.. and a sign of those times. hopefully we are more
enlightened in the 21st century.