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France released, Blu-Ray/Region A/B/C DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), French ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), French ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (2.35:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Featurette, Interactive Menu, Remastered, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: The Apache Indians have reluctantly agreed to settle on a US Government approved reservation. Not all the Apaches are able to adapt to the life of corn farmers. One in particular, Geronimo, is restless. Pushed over the edge by broken promises and necessary actions by the government, Geronimo and thirty or so other warriors form an attack team which humiliates the government by evading capture, while reclaiming what is rightfully theirs. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: Oscar Academy Awards, ...Geronimo: An American Legend (Blu-Ray)
- Aspect Ratio : 2.35:1
- Language : English, French
- Product dimensions : 0.1 x 1.3 x 1.7 cm; 100 Grams
- Director : Walter Hill
- Media Format : Import, Widescreen, Blu-ray
- Run time : 115 minutes
- Actors : Gene Hackman, Jason Patric, Robert Duvall, Wes Studi, Matt Damon
- Subtitles: : French
- Language : English (DTS-HD 5.1), French (DTS-HD 2.0)
- Studio : Seven
- ASIN : B01HMZG0AO
- Country of origin : France
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: 70,103 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Really this is a 2 or 3 star western but is lifted by a stoic performance from Wes Studi as the eponymous Native American enemy of the people. Nobody knew the real Geronimo as there were no cultural ties between the white Americans and any 'red' Indians, now classified as 'Native Americans' so Sturdi's performance is his interpretation only. It's better than the browned up versions of Apaches from the likes of Burt Lancaster and Chuck Connors that have been fed us in the past.
Sturdi certainly outshone Jason Patric and a very young Matt Damon in their roles of eager cavalrymen. Not so Gene Hackman and Robert Duvall but their roles were not much more than cameos. Still these performances added to the film and I'm happy to give it 4 stars, but I'm more than forgiving when I watch a modern western that is gritty and realistic.
English subtitles, bonus features are a trailor and filmographies. 110 minutes long.
It certainly seems extremely authentic in costume, weaponry etc and the countryside is well filmed with the long sweeping shots that remind me of many previous, well loved westerns. The action is also well handled and fairly realistic.
Wes Studi makes a very impressive and credible Geronimo. It's about the best depiction of him that I've ever seen. The only trouble is, we don't see enough of him, getting more of Patric and Damon instead. Their stories are interesting but this is supposed to be a film about Geronimo after all.
We have some good performances here in supporting roles with Robert Duval and Gene Hackman as reliable as ever. It was good to see characters who couldn't make their minds up about the Apache as well as the hardline extremists in this film. Robert Duval's character is a good example of this, half hating and half admiring his long term adversaries.
The Apaches are represented fairly well but Wes Studi gives the most memorable performance by far as you'd expect. I am glad that this film doesn't shy away from depicting atrocities committed by both sides and, while the Apache are certainly depicted as the main victims, this film is reasonably even handed in its approach. That said, the Mexicans don't get much of a look in and the majority of the fighting Geronimo was involved with was against them. After all, Geronimo is his Spanish name as this film reveals.
As another reviewer pointed out, I noticed a few homages to the Magnificent Seven and Ulzana's Raid. This is a shame in many ways as a film ought to be able to stand on its own and not 'borrow' from others.
Overall this is an enjoyable film and even thought provoking in places. I couldn't fault its historical accuracy either. If the script had stayed with the Apaches a little longer, it might have been even better.