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Apache Uprising (1965)

Approved | | Romance, Western | 29 December 1965 (USA)
Various stage coach passengers and outlaws travelling through Indian country are forced to join forces against the Apaches.

Director:

R.G. Springsteen

Writers:

Max Lamb (book), Max Lamb (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rory Calhoun ... Jim Walker
Corinne Calvet ... Janice MacKenzie
John Russell ... Vance Buckner
Lon Chaney Jr. ... Charlie Russell (as Lon Chaney)
Gene Evans ... Jess Cooney
Richard Arlen ... Captain Gannon
Robert H. Harris ... Hoyt Taylor
Arthur Hunnicutt ... Bill Gibson
DeForest Kelley ... Toby Jack Saunders
George Chandler ... Jace Asher
Jean Parker ... Mrs. Hawks
Johnny Mack Brown ... Sheriff Ben Hall
Don 'Red' Barry ... Henry Belden (as Donald Barry)
Abel Fernandez ... Young Apache Chief
Robert Carricart ... Chico Lopez
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Storyline

When drifters Jim Walker and Bill Gibson find a settlers' wagon destroyed by Apaches, they immediately suspect an Apache uprising. The Tontos and the Mescaleros Apaches have stirred trouble in recent months, partially to protest against settlers' incursions on Apache lands. The two drifters ride into an Apache ambush and they have to fight their way out. Shortly after, they encounter a Cavalry patrol and they inform Captain Gannon about a possible Apache revolt. Captain Gannon is skeptical about it but agrees to allow the two drifters join his column on their way to Apache Wells where the Captain expects a full report from Jim and Bill regarding their incident with the Apaches. Meanwhile, in Apache Wells, the stagecoach lines' regional manager, Hoyt Taylor, is preparing to board the stage for Lordsburg. He is carrying a large sum of money belonging to the stage lines.Aware of this, outlaws Vance Buckner, Jess Cooney and Toby Jack Saunders plan to rob the stagecoach outside the town. ... Written by nufs68

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Taglines:

Killer outlaws ... avenging Apaches ... and the gunslinger who fought them all !

Genres:

Romance | Western

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 December 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rebelion apache See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

A.C. Lyles Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In 1964, it was announced that King Vidor would direct. See more »

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At the end of the movie John Russell and Rory Calhoun are fighting. Russell slides down the hill, tearing the right rear of his pants, exposing his underwear. However, as Russell later gets up, his pants are obviously not torn. See more »

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Capt. Gannon: Walker, were you ever in the Army?
Jim Walker: I rode with Hood.
Capt. Gannon: I had you figured for a Reb.
Jim Walker: But that's all behind us, Captain. I fight no wars for a lost cause.
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An okay film made a lot more enjoyable due to DeForrest Kelley's psycho performance.
23 September 2012 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

I have been on an A.C. Lyles kick recently--seeing about a dozen of his movies in the last week. This producer was known for making low-budget westerns in the 1960s that feature actors who were well past their prime. In other words, old guys--VERY old guys. Sometimes this didn't work very well (such as during fight scenes between VERY aged actors) but generally I like the films, as the actors, though out of fashion, still have it in most cases. And, interestingly, Lyles used many of the same actors in many of his films--and Richard Arlen in apparently ALL of them! This film stars Rory Calhoun and also features the likes of Lon Chaney, DeForrest Kelley, John Russell (all frequent Lyles performers), Gene Evans, Corinne Calvet, Johnny Mack Brown, and Red Barry. Brown, Kelley and Barry both were once big names in TV and B-westerns and it's nice to see them here.

The film begins with Jim Walker (Calhoun) and Bill Gibson (Arthur Hunnicutt) being attacked by Apache warriors. They manage to fight their way out and discover among the Indian dead souvenirs the Apache took of recent attacks on the US Cavalry. They soon meet up with some soldiers (led by Arlen) and inform them of what they found. Well, oddly, no one in town seems to believe them--thinking Walker and Gibson are over-blowing the problem. And so, the local stage decides to go anyway--even with the possibility of crazed Indians waiting to attack. Oddly, Walker and Gibson agree to go along on the stage to help protect the passengers. Unfortunately, a super-crazy hired gun (Kelley) is on board--and he's a born trouble-maker. You just KNOW that sooner or later, he and Walker are going to have it out once and for all. However, it becomes a lot more interesting when the gunman, his friend and his boss suddenly take everyone hostage. Now, the folks might not need to worry about the Apache. What's next? See the film and find out yourself.

In many ways, this film seems a bit like a reworking of the film "Stagecoach". It is NOT a remake--it just has a LOT of similarities--such as the 'hooker with a heart of gold' (Calvet) and the embezzler. Because of this, there's not a lot of originality here, though it was made more enjoyable due to Kelley's VERY florid performance. While not quite as enjoyable, Chaney was also quite good as a grizzled old coot. But, if the you watch the film, understand it is NOT high art! There are lots of sloppy problems with it--more than you'd usually find in a Lyles film. For example, there is a scene where Evans and Calhoun have a fist-fight--and it's VERY obvious they're using stunt-men. Heck, while Evans is balding, his stuntman has a full head of hair. Also, there is a HUGE rainstorm in the film--huge. And yet, the next day, the ground is completely dry--and I am talking about dusty dry! Obviously the director, R.G. Springsteen, was no genius.

Worth seeing if you love the genre or Lyles' productions, though this is not an especially great western.


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