Based on the novel APACHE RISING by Marvin Albert, this bold and inspired western meets every expectation of its genre. Director Ralph Nelson keeps the pace lively in this Cavalry verses the Indians narrative and puts both James Garner and Sidney Poitier to great use. Garner plays Jess Remsberg, a rugged handsome scout, and Poitier plays Toller, a former trooper, who now makes a living breaking in horses. Bill Travers is their formidable leader, Lt. Scotty McAllister. When the vigorous McAllister leads his group of recruits to a faraway fort they are unexpectedly attacked by Apaches. The group is saved by Remsberg's knowledge of the Indians and Toller also helps out in unexpected ways. Poitier stretches here, and the result is a surprising and delightful characterisation. The well-staged, action-packed, battle sequences are also a credit to Nelson's direction. Look for Richard Farnsworth, who turns in a memorable cameo as the wagon driver.
Release Date: 01 March 2004
Certificate: 15 - Suitable for Persons Aged 15 or Over
Running Time: 100 minutes
Production Year: 1966
Main Language: English
Refreshingly original western
Covers the cold-blooded behaviour by both Indian and white man. Garner plays his part brilliantly downbeat. (no 'Rockford' rib ticklers in this movie). A sharp script and realistic action make this a personal favourite. Good theme song too.