R | | Adventure, Western
After fierce war chief Ulzana and a small war party jump the reservation bent on murder and terror, an inexperienced young lieutenant is assigned to track him down.
Although technically not credited as such, Burt Lancaster was virtually a producer on the film, helping bring it to screen, taking a percentage instead of an upfront salary and having a say in the editing stages.
Lt. Harry Garnett DeBuin:
You know Ulzana?
Ke-Ni-Tay: His wife my wife's sister.
Lt. Harry Garnett DeBuin: Sisters?
Ke-Ni-Tay: His wife ugly. My wife, not so ugly.
When the platoon sets out from the fort, Macintosh's Indian girlfriend is watching them depart, with her face half-hidden by the shawl she is holding tightly under her nose. The next shot cuts straight to a close up of her face, but her hands are not in view and more of her face is hidden by the shawl.
There are two versions of this film, Robert Aldrich's print (RA) and Burt Lancaster's (BL) print. There are many subtle differences between the two although the overall running times are similar and most of the changes involve alterations of shots or lines of dialog within scenes. In the UK the Lancaster version was released on VHS and the Aldrich version on DVD (same as the US version) The major differences versions are: (a) The Aldrich version has an opening scene (before the credits) showing Ulzana leaving the reservation. This is missing from the Lancaster print. (b) The BL version deletes almost all shots of Burt Lancaster's Indian woman - played by Aimee Eccles (c) The BL version has a scene showing the two troopers pursuing the wounded Indian, The off-screen Indian kills one of them with rifle fire and the survivor rides away. This is missing from the RA print therefore creating more ambiguity as to what actually happened when the survivor returns. (d) The scene in which the rape victim plunges herself in the river is longer in the RA version and she refers to herself trying to "wash it off". In the BL version, the scene is abridged to suggest only suicide.
English, Apache languages
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