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Intelligent with sincere performances,
By A Customer
This review is from: Geronimo - An American Legend [DVD] (DVD)
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.