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Ulzana's Raid (1972)




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Set in Arizona in the late 19th century, a cynical scout and an idealistic U.S. Cavalry lieutenant set out to catch a group of Apache renegades lead by the chieftain Ulzana. This drama offers food for thought about American military policies and questions the once-popular American tenets of patriotism and racism.

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Bruce Davison
as Lt. Garnett DeBuin
Jorge Luke
as Ke-Ni-Tay
Lloyd Bochner
as Capt. Gates
Karl Swenson
as Rukeyser
Douglass Watson
as Maj. Cartwright
Dran Hamilton
as Mrs. Riordan
John Pearce
as Corporal
Gladys Holland
as Mrs. Rukeyser
Margaret Fairchild
as Mrs. Ginsford
Aimee Eccles
as McIntosh's Indian Woman
Richard Bull
as Ginsford
Otto Reichow
as Steegmeyer
Dean Smith
as Horowitz
Larry Randles
as Mulkearn
Hal Maguire
as Trooper
Ted Markland
as Trooper
Tony Epper
as Trooper
Nick Cravat
as Trooper
Billy Burton
as Trooper
Walter Scott
as Trooper
Jerry Gatlin
as Trooper
Henry Camargo
as Indian Brave
Gil Escandon
as Indian Brave
Chase Winton
as Ms. Cleveland
Frank Gonzales
as Indian Brave
Larry Colelay
as Indian Brave
George Aguilar
as Indian Brave
Marvin Fragua
as Indian Brave
Benny Thompson
as Indian Brave
Wallace Sinyella
as Indian Brave
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Critic Reviews for Ulzana's Raid

All Critics (10)

Ulzana's Raid is hands down Aldrich's best film of the seventies, as well as being one of the greatest westerns of the seventies.

June 22, 2020 | Full Review…

The film is particularly pointed in its measured look at how the myopia of people hailing from different cultures can only lead to fear and loathing, death and destruction.

January 25, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

It is an exciting, suspenseful film made with thorough professionalism.

January 3, 2020 | Full Review…

One of Aldrich's finest films, this underestimated Western presents a bleak yet intelligent portrait of the racial warfare of the white men vs. Native Americans and also serves as effective and damning allegory of the American involvement in Vietnam.

April 12, 2008 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

A superior western though somewhat ponderous and its action sequences are formulaic.

October 31, 2006 | Rating: B | Full Review…

The kind of storyline that suits a cop-vs-serial-killer formula better than a western

January 1, 2000

Audience Reviews for Ulzana's Raid


Robert Aldrich's allegorical "Ulzana's Raid" is a brutal, bleak Western that uses the harsh Arizona landscape and its unforgiving Apache inhabitants as a metaphor for the Vietnam War. The tone is consistently nihilistic and downbeat, and a constant reminder that bad things will happen and few will be able to stop them. Burt Lancaster is wise and world-weary as McIntosh, an aging scout, and for 1972, the level of violence is shocking.

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