Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Ulzana's Raid

Ulzana's Raid is a 1972 Robert Aldrich Western starring Burt Lancaster (not one of my favorite actors). Bruce Davison (who has Star Trek connections) is also in this. The plot involves the military trying to control some Apache warriors who have escaped the reservation to exact vengeance for treaty betrayal. This is excellent. Thoughtful. Worth seeking out.

favorite quotes:
"What bothers you, Lieutenant, is seeing white men act like Apaches. It kinda confuses the issue."
via youtube: opens by saying it's "regarded by many as Aldrich's best film". Empire Online calls it "Grim but thrilling, with sterling performances." Time Out closes by saying that the film is "far more than just an extraordinarily intelligent horse opera: the parallels with America's involvement in Vietnam should be easy to see." Emmanuel Levy calls it "one of the best Westerns of the 1970s". Rotten Tomatoes has a critics score of 86%.

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