Ulzana's Raid

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Directed by Robert Aldrich.
With Burt Lancaster, Bruce Davison, Joaquin Martinez.
US, 1972, 35mm, color, 105 min.

A young cavalry lieutenant enlists the services of a seasoned scout to find Ulzana, a rebellious Apache who has fled his reservation on a reign of terror. While supposedly united in their search for the enemy, the efforts of the brigade are frequently undermined by clashes between Burt Lancaster’s jaded yet sympathetic army guide and Bruce Davison’s idealistic Christian lieutenant whose love-your-brother sentimentality quickly deteriorates into seething racism. As in Vera Cruz, Aldrich once again turns the conventions of the Western inside out. The result is a trenchant allegory of Vietnam-era disillusionment.

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