New Mexico - Old Poster
Each of us has to do whatever we must to survive, Captain Hunt (Lew Ayres). You and your army of men have to chase after us for crimes you know are unjust. Whilst me and my tribe have to defend ourselves for the exact same reason!
Having said that, though, things weren't always like this between the two of us, were they? Many moons ago I signed a peace treaty with your president, Abraham Lincoln, just so that our two nations can live in relative harmony. But then, because of the way your corrupt corporal treated my brothers-in-arms, we both eventually found ourselves in the terrible situation we're currently placed in.
With me and the Sioux nation ready for an attack, and with you and your army hiding behind a big Mountain: with no food, no water, and with hardly any bullet's left in your gun's.
Still. That's most probably why what next transpires has a pow-wow when I say to myself, 'Chief Acoma (Ted de Corsia), lets see how this all plays out'. As a dead boys death causes his brother to dwell - Cherry (Marilyn Maxwell) seams like a very nice girl - gun's and ammunition's are found down a well - and at the end of the day, this film doesn't end so swell.
Now if you can look past the piss poor production values plus some those scenes where people kept on shooting off into thin air, you'll find that at the very heart of '
is a rather solid tale about two men who are both different sides of the same
Take Lew Ayres role in this movie for instance. From the get go you know for a fact that he's a very just man, and that he does feel some sympathy towards the character Ted de Corsia plays. But he doesn't show this by looking off into the distance and wondering what he can do to save the day. Instead, he allows his erstwhile actions to dictate his demeanor, without coming across as being too 'poor me' or too 'company man' by default.
Also, something else about this flick I really liked, was how it told a very simple situation in a no nonsense manner. Granted, a few of the scenes were a mite superfluous in hindsight. Especially those that followed on from the initial 'siege' set-up. However, apart from this slight gripe, I did get a perverse form of enjoyment out of that poor boy who wanted to kill that cruel soldier for shooting his brother. Plus, as I said previously, I have to applaud Lew and Ted for carrying the weight of this picture upon their collective shoulders, because they both appeared stoic, brave, and honorable, without seeming too 'showy' or too 'mundane'.
Overall I'd say '
was one of those films that said more than it was able to for its time. Most of
the cast did a bang up job of playing their respective roles. Some of the camera
work wasn't bad to look at, in spite of it being mucky and dank in places. And
by in large I'd love to see this adventure re-made soon, but only if the makers
could maintain its stoic vibe and it's no nonsense attitude.
THE RATING: B+