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The Stalking Moon (1968)




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Adapted from a novel by Theodore V. Olsen, The Stalking Moon opens in the Arizona of the Old West, as the U.S. calvary is in the process of relocating Native Americans to reservations. One of the calvary men is Sam Varner (Gregory Peck), an aging scout who is ready to retire to his New Mexico home after this mission. Varner is called upon to sneak into a small Apache camp in order to disarm the guards before the rest of his troupe rides in to round up the whole tribe. After the round-up, a white woman is discovered among the Americans. Her name is Sarah Carver (Eva Marie Saint), and she was captured ten years ago by a mysterious and vicious warrior named Salvaje (Nathaniel Narcsisco), who is not among those captured in the round-up. Held against her will, she now has a nine-year-old son by Salvaje. Although her English is very rusty from disuse, she lets Varner know that she and her son would like to be taken away from the tribe. He agrees to transport her to his home, and they set out together for New Mexico, having to overcome obstacles such as a sandstorm to get there. Along the way, they seem to sense that someone is following them, and after they arrive at Varner's cabin, they find themselves set upon by the vengeful Salvaje. Enlisting the aid of a half-breed scout Robert Forster that he raised from childhood, Varner tries to fend off Salvaje, who seems to be toying with them before moving in for the final kill.

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Gregory Peck
as Sam Varner
Eva Marie Saint
as Sarah Carver
Robert Forster
as Nick Tana
Lou Frizzell
as Stationmaster
Henry Beckman
as Sgt. Rudabaugh
Rolf the Dog
as Himself
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Critic Reviews for The Stalking Moon

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (1)

Robert Mulligan was the only American filmmaker to wade into such painfully vexing and frightfully bourgeois territory, and come out with a truly great film.

October 20, 2014 | Full Review…

The Stalking Moon is a film in which (with apologies to Aristotle) the sum of its parts is greater than the whole, as a few noteworthy sequences aren't enough to rescue the overall movie.

March 28, 2020 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

A well-made but cautious early attempt at a revisionist Western that seems more like a sketch for a grander, grimmer tale the filmmakers weren't ready to tell.

June 17, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It is all sympathetic enough but low on vitality.

April 11, 2016 | Full Review…

Talkative and thoughtful Western.

December 25, 2015 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Stalking Moon

It seemed to start off good at the beginning but then got boring as it went on.I'm glad I didn't have high hopes for this 1.1 star just for the scenery

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