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Seminole (1953)





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In this off-beat, pro-Indian western, a West Point graduate with a lot of knowledge about the Seminole Indians is stationed in the Florida Everglades. Seeing a prime opportunity, the lieutenant decides to use his old contacts to enact a new peace treaty. However, his Indian-hating superior officer mucks things up.


Rock Hudson
as Lance Caldwell
Lee Marvin
as Sgt. Magruder
Richard Carlson
as Maj. Harlan Degan
Russell Johnson
as Lt. Hamilton
Fay Roope
as Zachary Taylor
James Best
as Cpl. Gerard
Don Gibson
as Capt. Streller
John Day
as Scott
Howard Erskine
as Cpl. Smiley
Frank Chase
as Trooper
Duane Thorsen
as Hendricks
Robert Karnes
as Corporal
Robert Dane
as Trader Taft
John Phillips
as Maj. Lawrence
Soledad Jiminez
as Mattie Sue Thomas
Don Garrett
as Officer
Robert Bray
as Capt. Sibley
Scott Lee
as Trooper
Alex Sharp
as Officer
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Critic Reviews for Seminole

All Critics (3)

Seminole (1953), directed by Budd Boetticher, is basically a Western set in Florida (and partially shot at Everglades National Park), during the Second Seminole War of 1835.

December 8, 2020 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

Powerful pro-Native American Western, with gripping story telling.

February 1, 2012 | Full Review…

It's the kind of Western where the white leader is so crazed and the Indian leader so sane, that you root for the Indians.

August 22, 2005 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Seminole

Better than average drama with a decidedly pro Indian slant was one of the many films Rock cranked out on his way up. He gives a good performance, one of his better early ones, as the resolute soldier who is on trial for his life. The cast is full of familiar faces most of whom were also just starting out and would go on to great fame like Lee Marvin, in good guy mode here, and Russell Johnson. Richard Carlson is the sore spot in the picture, he starts out okay but ends up chewing the scenery in an over the top performance. Barbara Hale was never particularly well served by films having much more success on TV as Della Street on Perry Mason nor is she very well used here but she looks probably the best she ever did on screen beautifully shot in Technicolor and with one of the greatest character names ever, Revere Muldoon. Not really a western, not even set in the west but Florida this is an enjoyable picture especially for military history buffs.

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