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Geronimo [DVD] [1994] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Actors: Jason Patric, Gene Hackman, Robert Duvall, Wes Studi, Matt Damon
  • Directors: Walter Hill
  • Writers: John Milius, Larry Gross
  • Producers: Walter Hill, Michael S. Glick, Neil Canton
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Colour, DVD-Video, Full Screen, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 17 Nov 1998
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0767817672
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 258,088 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Geronimo, Walter Hill's revisionist take on the American cavalry's campaign to capture the eponymous renegade Chiricahua Apache warrior (Wes Studi) is, like Clint Eastwood's Unforgiven, a dark tale that both celebrates and critiques myths of the American West. Despite its title, Geronimo is really about the American cavalry officers who undertake the responsibility of recapturing the warrior, in particular the young Lt Charles Gatewood (Jason Patric), a Civil War hero who respects the great Geronimo and brokers a treaty with the Chiricahua, only to see it collapse when the army kills the tribal medicine man. Gene Hackman plays General George Crook, the proud but sympathetic officer charged with bringing in the renegades who take to hills after the killing. Robert Duvall, the tough, racist army scout and Indian fighter Charlie Sieber, practically steals the picture with his cagey, underplayed performance. More complex and complicated than most Westerns, this is a Walter Hill film through and through: lean, ironic, beautiful to look at (it was shot on location against the astounding landscape of Southeast Utah), and driven by a wonderful Ry Cooder score.--Sean Axmaker,

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By D.Buttery on 1 July 2009
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This could have been a great film but, for a number of reasons, it falls just short of greatness, being a good rather than a classic western.

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.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Oct 2002
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A western for grown-ups. By that I mean it treats the Native Americans with respect and honour, but doesn't demonise all of the white Americans as rapacious, mercenary fools. Sure, there are plenty of those in the film, but they're not stereotypes - rather they are there to explain the motivation for the US Government and the settlers, miners and (appallingly) the bounty hunters. The performances - to my naive eyes at least - were convincing and honest. In particular, Robert Duvall portrays his character very well with all the ambivalent attitude towards the Native Americans one would expect of a jaundiced old "Indian fighter". Wes Studi has an intensity in the role of Geronimo that conveys his character's humanity, self-belief and intelligence. Jason Patric is believable as the honourable army officer and Gene Hackman, as always, is 100% value-for-money as the (enlightened for his time) general.
If you want a shoot-them-up, gung-ho western, forget it, but if you want an interesting, intelligent and sincere perspective on the end of an era, then have a look at this movie.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 1 Nov 2008
Format: DVD
There's a lot wrong with Walter Hill's Geronimo: An American Legend. For a start, there's far too little of the magnificent Wes Studi and far too much of the unconvincingly one-note (and an off-key note at that) Jason Patric and a milquetoast Matt Damon when we want to spend more time with Geronimo. As John Milius said, "I wrote a script about a mighty warrior chief. They made a film about a ***king white male model." Not to mention film critic Larry Gross' rewrite is overly partial to other movies, particularly The Magnificent Seven and Alan Sharp's script for Ulzana's Raid. And, like all historical manhunt movies, it winds down as attrition wins over courage. Yet despite its flaws it's still one of the most impressive American Westerns of the past few decades.

Geronimo may be sidelined for much of the picture, but when Wes Studi is allowed centerstage, he burns with the intensity of a supernova in a performance at once ferocious yet controlled, giving a sense not just of the rage and calculated violence but of the sadness that drives it. He's a proud man, but also a constantly disappointed one. When he's on screen, everyone else might as well not be there. When he isn't, Gene Hackman's General Crook and Robert Duvall's tracker Al Sieber provide enough believable old-school professionalism to compensate for Patric and Damon.

Then there's the film's extraordinary visual sense. Unlike most modern films (including Hill's own subsequent Western, Wild Bill) it really embraces the landscape and isn't afraid of strikingly composed extreme long shots to give a real sense of scale to the picture.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bob Salter TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 26 Mar 2009
Format: DVD
"Geronimo" directed by Walter Hill is a very underrated Western. The film died at the box office which was a cruel injustice. The film is based on true events but actually plays havoc with history, which brings a ring of truth to the legend in the title. But entertaining the public is not all about historical accurracy.

The film opens in 1885 when Geronimo last of the famous Apache leaders played by Wes Studi, is sent to a reservation with his followers. But due to broken promises, corruption and violence he jumps ship together with a small band. He then heads to his desert fastness toying with General Crook and his troops sent to recapture him. The Apache were noted as the greatest Guerilla fighters in history and that is authentically portrayed. Crook in desperation calls on a smaller group of more experienced men. This includes Lt Charles Gatewood a Southern gentleman who is sympathetic to the plight of the Apache and Al Sieber a grizzled old scout. Eventually Geronimo is recaptured after much negotiation. A mutual respect is forged between Gatewood and Geronimo.

The film is handsome to look at being filmed in Moab, Utah which was the location beloved of John Ford who made "Rio Grande" and "Cheyenne Autumn" in that same place. Wes Studi cuts a fine figure as Geronimo and gives him an air of nobility he perhaps did not deserve. The real Geronimo was not impressive to look at, but he was one tough Hombre. It must not be forgotten that his band murdered wantonly and mercilessly. Sometimes just for amusement. Jason Patric is good as Gatewood and Robert Duvall excellent as ever as Sieber, a role he was born for. Gene Hackman plays General Crook in a very impressive American cast. Matt Damon also turns up as the decent young Officer who narrates the story.
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