Geronimo: An American Legend

December 10th, 1993


Geronimo: An American Legend

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The Apache Indians have reluctantly agreed to settle on a US Government approved reservation. Not all the Apaches are able to adapt to the life of corn farmers...

Release Year: 1993

Rating: 6.3/10 (4,048 voted)

Director: Walter Hill

Stars: Jason Patric, Gene Hackman, Robert Duvall

The Apache Indians have reluctantly agreed to settle on a US Government approved reservation. Not all the Apaches are able to adapt to the life of corn farmers. One in particular, Geronimo, is restless. Pushed over the edge by broken promises and necessary actions by the government, Geronimo and thirty or so other warriors form an attack team which humiliates the government by evading capture, while reclaiming what is rightfully theirs.

Writers: John Milius, John Milius

Jason Patric - Lt. Charles Gatewood
Gene Hackman - Brig. Gen. George Crook
Robert Duvall - Al Sieber
Wes Studi - Geronimo
Matt Damon - Lt. Britton Davis
Rodney A. Grant - Mangas
Kevin Tighe - Brig. Gen. Nelson Miles
Steve Reevis - Chato
Carlos Palomino - Sgt. Turkey
Victor Aaron - Ulzana
Stuart Proud Eagle Grant - Sgt. Dutchy
Stephen McHattie - Schoonover
John Finn - Capt. Hentig
Lee de Broux - City Marshal Joe Hawkins
Rino Thunder - Old Nana

Taglines: His name would never be forgotten.

Release Date: 10 December 1993

Filming Locations: Moab, Utah, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $35,000,000 (estimated)

Gross: $13,736,475 (USA)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Patric showed his considerable horsemanship in the scene where he has a one-on-one showdown with an Apache warrior. Patrick goes from laying across his horse prone on the ground, to ordering the horse back onto its feet while he mounts it as it quickly rolls upright - rifle in one hand, reins in the other.

Revealing mistakes: The steam locomotive used to transport the Apache band at the end is an oil burning locomotive. A phony load of wood sits atop the tender's fuel-oil bunker. The engine is making thick black smoke, an indication of an oil fired locomotive. Such thick smoke is an indication of poor fuel burning, something movie directors request, but hardly real-world practice. Properly operated steam locomotives make much less smoke, regardless of whether fuel is wood, coal, or oil.

Geronimo: No guns, No bullets could ever kill me. That was my power... Now my time is over.

User Review

Accurate? Who Cares? Just Enjoy It.

Rating: 8/10

How much of this is true, I cannot say. Perhaps I should do some research on it knowing how "accurate" most Hollywood historical films tend to be. For years, the white man was always the good guy; the Indian, the bad guy. Then came, the present day "political correctness" era where the Indian is the good guy and the white man is the bad guy. Frankly, I don't care in this case because this movie is simply a very entertaining film that is enjoyable to watch....and that's what movies are supposed to be: entertaining.

What makes it so entertaining?

1) a very interesting saga of the famous Apache Geronimo, fighting for his people and also living a life dedicated to revenge; 2) A great portrayal of him by actor Wes Studi, who has the perfect face and voice for the role; 3) a very solid all-male cast, with memorable leads played by Jason Patric, Robert Duvall, Gene Hackman and Matt Damon; 4) wonderful golden-hued cinematography, filmed in the mountainous area of Moab, Utah; 5) Not excessive violence nor a lot of profanity, rare for a Walter Hill directed movie. This is one of the stylish Hill's classier efforts. 6) Good sound if you have the DVD and a surround sound system.

Yes, this leans in the PC class with big-time leanings toward the Indian cause, but the Apache people apparently had a good case for their cause, at least with Geronimo's convincing question near the end of the movie: "There is plenty of land. Why do you want it all?"


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