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Geronimo - An American Legend1993

Geronimo - An American Legend (1993)




Critic Consensus: Geronimo: An American Legend fails to stir the soul, though its sweeping visuals and historical ambitions mark an intelligent change of pace for director Walter Hill.

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Walter Hill directs John Milius's script (co-written by Larry Gross) depicting a revisionist perspective on the "Geronimo Campaign" and how Geronimo, with 34 men, managed to elude 5000 U.S. cavalry men between 1885 and 1886 before his surrender at the Canyon of the Skeletons in September 1886. The film centers upon Charles Gatewood (Jason Patric), the U.S. Cavalry lieutenant who is charged with capturing the elusive Apache leader. Gatewood is torn by a grudging respect for Geronimo and his people and his duty to his country. But then all the white men in the film have a respect for Geronimo, even as they are trying to hunt him down and kill him. General Charles Crook (Gene Hackman), charged with overseeing the forced settlement of the Apaches on reservations, has nothing but admiration for Geronimo. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

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Jason Patric
as Lt. Charles Gatewood
Gene Hackman
as Gen. George Crook
Robert Duvall
as Al Sieber
Matt Damon
as Lt. Britton Davis
Wes Studi
as Geronimo
Kevin Tighe
as Brig. Gen. Nelson Miles
Stephen McHattie
as Schoonover
John Finn
as Capt. Hentig
Rino Thunder
as Old Nana
Mark Boone Jr.
as Afraid Miner
M.C. Gainey
as Unafraid Miner
Scott Wilson
as Redondo
Lee de Broux
as City Marshall Hawkins
Hoke Howell
as Billy Pickett
Richard Martin Jr.
as Apache Medicine Man
J. Young
as Hawkins' Deputy
Raleigh Wilson
as Yaqui Dave
Jackie Old Coyote
as Apache Vision Woman
Monty Bass
as Dead Shot
Pato Hoffmann
as The Dreamer
Jonathan Ward
as C.S. Fly
Scott Crabbe
as Courier at Ball
Patricia Pretzinger
as Woman at Ball
Luis Contreras
as Rurale Officer
Roger Callard
as Sergeant Mulrey
Juddson Keith Linn
as Bronco Apache
Sonny Skyhawk
as Schoonover Gang
Michael Adams
as Schoonover Gang
Michael Ruud
as Chaplain
Anthony Schmidt
as Schoonover Gang
Jim Beaver
as Proclamation Officer
Jesús Franco
as Native American
George Lee
as Native American
Robert Erickson
as Cavalryman
Michael Stein
as Cavalryman
Greg Goossen
as Schoonover Gang
Walter Robles
as Schoonover Gang
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Critic Reviews for Geronimo - An American Legend

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (4)

A film of great beauty and considerable intelligence.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

A miscast Jason Patric tackles his role as a combination of a Brando impersonator and a guy who merely needs a nap.

August 23, 2021 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Gerónimo attempts to combine the classical and the correct-with mixed results.

February 5, 2020 | Full Review…

It's Geronimo's rage against the inevitable which is the film's heartbeat and greatest strength.

October 31, 2018 | Full Review…

Despite the film's visual and aural splendors, Geronimo fails to achieve its noble ambitions. Only a totally committed Western lover will be able to watch it without wanting, at times, to shout Geronimo and bail out.

May 22, 2018 | Full Review…

Superior western, mostly historically accurate. Directed by Walter Hill with strong cast.

November 1, 2008 | Rating: 5/5

Audience Reviews for Geronimo - An American Legend

A bit crappy I'm afraid despite the all-star lineup. This one belongs in the lineup of ABC's After School Specials.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

I can't quite put my finger on what it was about Walter Hill's, Geronimo: An American Legend, that kept this from being an exceptional film. With a cast made up of Wes Studi, Gene Hackman, Robert Duvall, Jason Patric and Matt Damon, beautiful shots of the American Southwest and a fairly accurate interpretation of historical events, it came across as being just an okay flick. Maybe I was a bit disconcerted by some of the utterly horrible headgear...LOL

Moe E
Moe E

Super Reviewer

Geronimo was historically accurate and that they used Apache historians to assist. Geronimo shows alot of war and apaches killing white and mexican.

Steven Vincent Gee
Steven Vincent Gee

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