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The Battle at Apache Pass (FRA)

John Lund , Jeff Chandler , George Sherman    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: John Lund, Jeff Chandler, Beverly Tyler, Bruce Cowling, Susan Cabot
  • Directors: George Sherman
  • Format: Import, PAL, Special Edition
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Blaqout
  • Run Time: 82 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004K05BH8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 313,748 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


France released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), French ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), French ( Subtitles ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Scene Access, Special Edition, SYNOPSIS: The movie depicts a fictionalized account of "The Bascom Affair" of 1861 and "The battle of Apache pass" of 1862. U.S. Cavalry officer Maj. Jim Colton(John Lund) is a sympathetic leader who has a working relationship with Apache leader Cochise(Jeff Chandler). Maj. Colton is undermined by corrupt and politically ambitious Indian agent Neil Baylor(Bruce Cowling) who sets up a false attack, and the abduction of a local farmer's son. While Colton is away investigating the matter, Baylor convinces Lt. George Bascom(John Hudson) that Cochise's band is to blame, and incites him to lead an expedition against the Apache band to return the boy. The expedition ends in disaster, with hostages executed on both sides. The Apaches and Cavalry later meet in a battle at Apache pass, the first time that the Indians meet modern (for the age) artillery.

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5.0 out of 5 stars New UK DVD looks great 10 Oct 2011
Battle at Apache Pass will be released next week by Pegasus, but I have an advance copy and I can report that the print they have used, yet again, is superb. It is perhaps the best print Pegasus have used to date for any of their westerns, although the rest of the range the company has released this year from Universal have been using the very best prints. This one is particularly pin sharp and the colours are stunningly good. Pegasus have really turned the corner this year and have released a range of quality films, using the best prints available, at a knockdown price. If you're a fan of the genre, do yourself a favour and take a punt on a selection of Pegasus titles. You won't be disappointed!
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Battle of Apache Pass 9 Mar 2014
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As a 'historian' myself, I have to begin by saying, although there was an Apache Chief Cochise, and there was a 'Battle of Apache Pass,' the film is not to be mistraken as completely, historicaly authentic. But, then again, few such 'Hollywood' versions are. Still, if you like an old fashioned cavalry vs. Indians shoot-em-up story , this is quite a good and entertaining one. It was in fact also a follow up to the more famous Broken Arrow film in which James Stewart played peace-maker with the Apaches. In that film, and this, the same actor, Jeff Chandler played Cochise. The Battle of Apache Pass historicaly took place before that famous 'peace treaty' This film therefore was 'a prequel!' Maybe Hollywsood's first. I'm not sure. But, good film action entertainment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Giant Jeff-Small Cochise.PEGASUS Release 18 Sep 2013
By A. W. Wilson TOP 500 REVIEWER
A belated review for "Battle At Apache Pass", but as Spike and Capt Spindthrift have written such helpful reviews, I'll just say...Excellent Pegasus print. Colour sound and picture all very good. Beautiful photography, rather dull script, good George Sherman direction, and good support cast, particularly Richard Egan. John Lund looks even blander than usual with no face hair. As a Western fan of many(many) years I loved it. Highly recomended.
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3.0 out of 5 stars He's a Very Good Indian! 10 Nov 2011
Just watched the new Pegasus release of "The Battle at Apache Pass", and it is nice to be able to say that there are no picture quality issues with this DVD. Pegasus don't have a great record in that department, but they do seem to be getting better, and at least are making some lesser known westerns available to the public for the first time. This film forms a trilogy of Cochise films, which was kick started by the success of Delmer Daves "Broken Arrow"(50), where the very white Jeff Chandler, who played a dignified Cochise, was nominated for an Academy award as best supporting actor. A year later this prequel quickly followed in the wake of that films success. That was followed by Douglas Sirk's "Taza Son of Cochise"(54), where the franchise was clearly running out of steam. In that film Chandler only appears briefly as a dying Cochise who hands the baton over to his son, played by another very white actor Rock Hudson. Still it kept the make up guys busy!

This film is a highly fictionalised account of the real battle at Apache Pass in 1862, where the poor old Apache came up against howitzers for the first time. Real native American Jay Silverheels reprises his role from "Broken Arrow" as a warlike Geronimo in conflict with the more peacefully inclined Cochise. That doesn't stop Cochise getting involved in a couple of feisty scraps to the death. Clearly not that strong a conscientious objector! In this version of events Cochise teams up with a cavalry officer played by John Lund, to thwart the Machiavellian schemings of a crooked indian-affairs representative and his dodgy sidekick Mescal Jack, played by that ever reliable villain Jack Elam. Due to the shennanigans of this pair the Apache hornets nest is well and truly stirred, and a full scale war looks to be on the cards!
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5.0 out of 5 stars battle at apache pass 20 Nov 2011
By dave
the is a collection of films of this genre, featuring chochise. There is broken arrow with James Stewart, then there is \taza son of Cochise, though this films starts with the death of Coohise it tells of what happened after
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