Geronimo: An American Legend

Synopsis: The Apache Indians have reluctantly agreed to settle on a US Government approved reservation. Not all the Apaches are able to adapt to the life of corn farmers. One in particular, Geronimo, is restless. Pushed over the edge by broken promises and necessary actions by the government, Geronimo and thirty or so other warriors form an attack team which humiliates the government by evading capture, while reclaiming what is rightfully theirs.
Director(s): Walter Hill
Production: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
115 min

-Easy. We're the only ones out here.


Apache medicine man.

Probably on a pilgrimage.

The Apaches, they believe in that power.

It's a kind of...

...spirit they carry inside them.

Sir, Geronimo's just going to come on in

and give himself up?

That's what he promised.

Chiricahua doesn't give his word much,

but when he does, he keeps it.

As long as you keep yours.

When the medicine man joined our camp,

I was filled with curiosity.

By personal inclination, Lieutenant

Gatewood kept his own counsel.

He met questions from an inexperienced

officer with patience and courtesy.

What fascinated me most...

...was his sympathy and knowledge

of all things pertaining to the Apache.

You don't talk to them much, do you?

To an Apache, stillness is a pleasure.

It's something they're taught

while they're young.

Helps someone who may have to

hide and wait.

What's he singing about?

Trying to locate Geronimo.

Says he'll be here tomorrow.

On a white horse.

Superstitious, aren't they?

$5 says he rides in here on a white horse.

Just because the medicine man says so?

You've got a bet, Lieutenant.


These scouts that we have with us,

they're Apache.

Why would they work for the Army?

Fight their own kind?

There are lots of different Apache tribes

that don't much like each other.

Most of all,

Apache go where the best fight is.

It's a morality, once you understand it.

All right, I'll see your $2...

...and I'll raise you $1 .

Lieutenant, just curious:

are you a family man?

I have a son and a daughter.

They and my wife are back in Virginia.

-You must miss them.

-Every hour of every day.

Goyakla is coming.

Rides a white horse.

You owe me $5, Mr. Davis.

I heard you were wearing the blue coat.

I did not believe it.

Now I know your heart.

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John Frederick Milius is an American screenwriter, director, and producer of motion pictures. He was one of the writers for the first two Dirty Harry films, received an Academy Award nomination as ... more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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