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Apache Rifles [DVD]

Audie Murphy , Michael Dante , William H Witney    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Audie Murphy, Michael Dante, Linda Lawson
  • Directors: William H Witney
  • Format: Dolby, PAL
  • Subtitles: None
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: None
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Pegasus Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 20 Sep 2010
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 121,608 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Audie Murphy stars as Captain Jeff Stanton, a man of honour caught between his duty and his conscience at a time when not all men were equal. When Indian Chief Victorio and his people leave the confines of their reservation Captain Stanton is sent to bring them back by whatever means necessary. Whilst he prefers a diplomatic solution many local miners would like nothing more than to be rid of the Indians once and for all, leaving the gold-rich reservation land free to mine. As the injustice of the situation begins to have its effect on Stanton, he must choose to fulfil his military obligation or disobey orders to prevent more bloodshed and the possible annihilation of an entire Indian tribe.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Quality DVD 18 Jan 2011
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
There are cheap copies of this movie on the market....This dvd is digitally remastered and the picture quality is very good..Like all Audie Murphy movies they are always good ,especially if you are a fan...I recommend this dvd and you will not be disappointed..Waiting for the dvd '40 Guns To Apache Pass' and hope this will be digitally remastered.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars AUDIE. 9 Nov 2010
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3.0 out of 5 stars Seen it all Before. 31 Oct 2011
Audie Murphy made a lot of decent westerns before his life was cut tragically short. This was one of a trio of films he made with 'B' director William Whitney in the mid sixties, the others being "40 Guns to Apache Pass" and "Arizona Raiders". They were all rather tired and predictable affairs with very routine plots. These were films made when Murphy's star was definitely on the wane. They were made in the same old fashioned fifties style at a time when new revisionist westerns with anti heroes were beginning to hit the screen. This film was made in the same year as Sergio Leone's "A Fistful of Dollars", which is a million light years apart in style. Now there is nothing wrong with a good old fashioned western, but this one just recycles the same old plot lines that previous films have already done much better effect.

In this one Murphy plays a racist Indian hating cavalry officer, who initially intent on wiping out the indian race, slowly begins to see the error of his ways. His change of heart is helped by his love of a beautiful woman, who spookily enough also happens to be half Comanche Indian. In this film the Indians are treated sympathetically, as many films of the fifties were to do following the earlier example of "Broken Arrow". Treaties are broken by greedy miners and misguided cavalry officers, which of course stirs up the ever aggressive Apache. This inevitably leads to hostility and the excuse for some routine cavalry versus Indians action. The cast is a relatively minor one. Sam Peckinpah stalwart L Q Jones is the main villain of the piece, and veteran Joseph Vitale gets to play the famous Apache leader Victorio. The film was made on location at Bronson Canyon and the Alabama Hills near Lone Pine, California.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
By J. Lovins TOP 1000 REVIEWER
20th Century Fox and Kit Parker Films presents "APACHE RIFLES" (26 November 1964) (92 mins/Color) (Fully Restored/Dolby Digitally Remastered) -- The army commander of an Arizona outpost, Capt. Jeff Stanton (Audie Murphy) despises all Indians until he falls in love with a beautiful missionary girl, Dawn Gillis (Linda Dawson) --- Murphy must change his ways because one of her parents is an Native American --- Murphy's attempts to reform, are unfortunately nearly crushed by greedy gold-seekers, one of them is L.Q. Jones (favorite character actor of mine) is trying to start a war with the local Apaches.

VCI gives us a clean & clear copy with many bonus and extras in this special release --- Another excellent collaboration between Murphy and the great action director William Witney --- A treat for Murphy fans!

Under the production staff of:
William Witney [Director]
Charles B. Smith [Screenwriter]
Grant Whytock [Producer]
Richard LaSalle [Original Score]
Archie R. Dalzell [Cinematographer]
Grant Whytock [Film Editor]

1. William Witney [Director]
Date of Birth: 15 May 1915 - Lawton, Oklahoma
Date of Death: 17 March 2002 - Jackson, California

2. Audie Murphy
Date of Birth: 20 June 1924 - Kingston, Texas
Date of Death: 28 May 1971 - near Roanoke, Virginia (plane crash)

3. Michael Dante [aka: Ralph Vitti]
Date of Birth: 2 September 1931 - Stamford, Connecticut
Date of Death: Still Living

4. Linda Lawson [aka: Linda Gloria Spaziani]
Date of Birth: 14 January 1936 - Ann Arbor, Michigan
Date of Death: Still Living

5. L.Q. Jones [aka: Justice Ellis McQueen Jr.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars AUDIE delivers once again. 27 Mar 2011
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another fine audie murphy western release ,got about 7 of his films now and most of them are 3 or 4 star ratings and well worth owning .the quality of the print is good ,the scenery ,storyline and action are very good and for once a western delivers more than i expected of it .
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Caught in the Crossfire of Passions and Greed! 2 Sep 2012
By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER
Apache Rifles is directed by William Witney and adapted to screenplay by Charles B. Smith from a story written by Kenneth Gamet and Richard Schayer. It stars Audie Murphy, Michael Dante, Linda Lawson, L.Q. Jones, Ken Lynch, Joseph Vitale and Robert Brubaker. Music is by Richard La Salle and De Luxe cinematography is by Arch R. Dalzell.

Murphy stars as Capt. Jeff Stanton, a cavalry officer in Arizona territory, 1879, who is assigned to bring to the reservation the runaway Apaches who have had enough of the greedy gold miners pillaging from their promised land. Originally driven by his hatred towards Native Americans, Stanton's cause is muddied when he starts to fall for half Indian Dawn Gillis (Lawson), who in turn is courted by Red Hawk (Dante).

By 1964 the conventional B Western was very much on the wane, with the theme of being sympathetic to the Native Americans having already been explored significantly in far better Westerns than Apache Rifles. Though it never hurts to have another one in any day and age, mind! Apache Rifles is pretty standard stuff, it's decently constructed and paced by Witney, who gets to show his talent for action scenes, Murphy is his usual affable self, even getting to put some emotion conflict into the portrayal, and exterior photography out of Mojave and the Bronson and Red Rock Canyons is most pleasing. It never quite hits the dramatic heights it aims for because the simmering love triangle often stops the picture in its tracks, a shame especially as some political shenanigans could have been explored further, while a quick about turn in the finale smacks of audience manipulation and comes off as a cheat. But it's inoffensive stuff for the most part, enjoyable for the right reasons within its low budget, even if it's just one for Murphy fans to tick off their lists, never to be seen again. 6/10
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5.0 out of 5 stars western
what can i say they don't make them like this any more a cowboy movie that you can lose yourself in
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4.0 out of 5 stars DVD
I do not wish to spend my time writing on items. In the main it is something I wish to have & no more
Published 8 months ago by Stanley Parry
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your money
Pegasus £1.99 version. There is a reason for this Pegasus copy being cheap. It's because it's rubbish. Very broken up image and very burnt out highlights. Stay well away
Published 8 months ago by K. Backhouse
5.0 out of 5 stars hubbys
he is cowboy film mad ,but it is a good film and Audie Murphy was a good actor and a very brave man
Published 12 months ago by pa
5.0 out of 5 stars Apache Rifles - Audie Murphy
Die beste DVD mit diesem Titel in digitaler Qualität. Die Extras fallen von der Bildqualität gegenüber dem Hauptfilm ab,
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Published on 1 Jun 2012 by Buervenich
4.0 out of 5 stars good entertainment
really enjoyed watching this film,if you like westerns then this film should be your choice.
calvary versus indians but the officer steals the show in the story. Read more
Published on 21 April 2012 by jim e
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Published on 16 Jan 2012 by Foordy
5.0 out of 5 stars apache riffles
great as are all audie murphy movies. the only shame is that there not avaliable in a westerns box set. that would be perfect
Published on 11 Oct 2011 by impala1968
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