Geronimo

Geronimo

Walter Hill (1993)

110min
12 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Thirty years passed after Chuck Connors took the title role in Geronimo, then two films about the legendary Chiricahua Apache warrior appeared in the same week in 1993. Many critics considered Roger Young's TV movie to be the superior production, and questioned whether this film from director Walter Hill was actually about its eponymous hero at all. But screenwriter John Milius, who had been trying to get the project off the ground for several years, has always used a secondary voice as a device to gain a deeper insight into his central characters. The narration provided here by Matt Damon's Lieutenant Britton Davis presents us with the wider picture from which to draw our conclusions. The film also caused a fuss over whether its depiction of the native Americans was in the revisionist tradition of Dances with Wolves or marked a return to the scalping savage of movie lore. Here, Milius and Hill argue that the massacres perpetrated by both sides were part and parcel of the struggle for nationhood, and should be seen in the context of their times rather than re-evaluated in the light of modern sensibilities. While many will find this uncomfortable to watch, there's no denying the quality of Joe Alves's painstakingly authentic design or the lovingly re-created period feel of Lloyd Ahern's cinematography. The acting is also first rate, with Wes Studi magnificent in the title role of the Apache whose refusal to surrender divides cavalry officers Jason Patric and Gene Hackman.

Summary

Fact-based Western about the Native American warrior who led his people against white settlers to help preserve their traditional way of life, while members of the US military are torn between respect for their opponents and following orders. Starring Wes Studi, Jason Patric, Gene Hackman and Robert Duvall.

Cast & Crew

Geronimo Wes Studi
First Lt Charles B Gatewood Jason Patric
Brig Gen George Crook Gene Hackman
Second Lt Britton Davis Matt Damon
Chief of Scouts Al Sieber Robert Duvall
Mangas Rodney A Grant
Brig Gen Nelson Miles Kevin Tighe
Chato Steve Reevis
Director Walter Hill
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Contains violence and swearing.Available on: video and DVD
Drama