Actors: Troy Donahue, Suzanne Pleshette, Diane McBain, James Gregory, Claude Akins
|Review Summary and Plot Commentary about A Distant Trumpet|
|Directed by Raoul Walsh in 1964. The Indian chief War Eagle and his Chiricahuas left their reserve and, from Mexico, carry out a guerrilla warfare against the American army in the Arizona desert. Freshly graded from West Point Academy, lieutenant Matt Hazard arrives at Fort Delivery, the fort more put at stake, and, the following day of his arrival, is attacked by the Indians while searching for wood. The soldiers, inadequately trained, flee and Hazard is left alone. He manages to circumvent the Indians, saves then Commander Mainwarring's wife, whose carriage was also attacked, spends the night with her in a cave, and, finally, returns to Fort Delivery.
The Commander Mainwaring having been killed by the Chiricahuas, Hazard decides to train his soldiers to make them ready for the next battle. Along with General Quaint whose troops came to reinforce the detachment of Fort Delivery, Hazard finds the Chiricahuas who, after many losses, manage to cross the Mexican border. Aware that this war can last for a long time, General Quaint sends Hazard to Mexico, accompanied by an Apache scout, to negotiate the surrender of War Eagle and his tribe.
--Daniel Staebler, Resident Scholar
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Composition of Movie
Actual chase scenes or violence - 20%
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 40%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 40%
Time/Era of Movie:
- 19th century
Kind of western:
- Good white men fighting wicked Indians
- senior military
- short/standard straight (man)
- average (man)
Events of movie makes character more...
- White (American)
How sensitive is this character?
- sensitive to others' feelings
- Average intelligence
- average physique
Secondary Main Character
- brunette (Brown)
- (woman) long wavy
- ample bosom & buttocks (woman)
How much in movie?
- White (American)
- enemy army
How much of work is main antagonist actually present in:
- American Indian
The Americas (not US):
- fort/military installation
Accounts of torture and death?
- moderately messy visuals of dead
Movie makes you feel...
How many deaths in film?
Sex/nudity in movie?
What kind of sex:
- vague references only
How much use of techno gadgets?
- 1 ()
Kind of violence:
- land battles
Unusual forms of death
If Soundtrack VERY NOTICEABLE...
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