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The Stalking Moon (1968)

A sympathetic retired army scout takes-in a white woman and her half-Apache son, not knowing that the boy's father, a murderous renegade Apache, is after them.

Director:

Robert Mulligan

Writers:

Alvin Sargent (screenplay), Wendell Mayes (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Gregory Peck ... Sam Varner
Eva Marie Saint ... Sarah Carver
Robert Forster ... Nick Tana
Noland Clay Noland Clay ... Boy
Russell Thorson ... Ned
Frank Silvera ... Major
Lonny Chapman ... Purdue
Lou Frizzell Lou Frizzell ... Stationmaster (as Lou Frizell)
Henry Beckman ... Sgt. Rudabaugh
Charles Tyner ... Dace
Richard Bull ... Doctor
Sandy Brown Wyeth Sandy Brown Wyeth ... Rachel (as Sandy Wyeth)
Joaquín Martínez ... Julio (as Joaquin Martinez)
Boyd 'Red' Morgan Boyd 'Red' Morgan ... Stage Driver Shelby (as Red Morgan)
Nathaniel Narcisco Nathaniel Narcisco ... Salvaje
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Storyline

When an army scout retires to a farm in New Mexico he takes pity on a white woman and her "half-breed" son recently rescued from Indians, and invites them to join him. He does this even knowing the child's father is a feared and murderous Apache and that sooner or later a showdown is almost inevitable. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Genres:

Western

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 December 1968 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

The Stalking Moon See more »

Filming Locations:

Bavispe, Sonora, Mexico See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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After Patricia Neal (I) had recovered from her stroke, she had a choice of either this film or The Subject Was Roses (1968) as her comeback vehicle. Although she opted for "Roses," she would have liked to have done this film also. See more »

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In several scenes it is obvious that Eva Marie Saint's fingernails are both manicured and polished which is absolutely wrong for the part she plays (as "Sarah Carver"). See more »

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Sarah Carver: I didn't have the courage to die. I knew what I had to do to stay alive.
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Outlandish Western with action , violence , excitement and great scenarios
26 October 2011 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Unusual Western deals with a veteran cavalry scout named Sam Varner( a magnificent Gregory Peck) ready to retire to a farm in New Mexico who takes pity and protects a white woman named Sarah Carver (Eva Marie Saint , the unforgettable starring of ¨On the waterfront¨) and her half-breed son (Clay) recently rescued and have been captives from Indians for ten years . He agrees to help them and learn that the woman 's Indian husband nicknamed ¨Savage¨ is hunting them down . The Savage is an avenger and killer Apache and sooner or later a final grisly confrontation is almost inevitable.

This interesting Western contains action , thrills, intrigue , being ravishingly photographed and carefully made . Sensational performance by Gregory Peck plays a mature army scout attempting to save a women rescued and his Indian son from a marauding and feared father . Enjoyable appearance from Robert Foster as scout friend who teaches the little boy to count by means of the rules of poker . Ample support cast in brief acting as Charles Tyner , Joaquin Martinez , James Olson , Frank Silvera , Richard Bull and uncredited Richard Farnsworth , among others . In its initial exhibition the picture had average reviews , accused as racist and failed at the box office ; however , today is best considered with rave critical . It's an offbeat Western/drama/thriller from same tandem , Alan J Pakula-Alvin Sargent-Robert Mulligan who made ¨To kill a mockingbird¨ . Colorful cinematography showing spectacular outdoors by Charles Lang who long time ago won Oscar for his cinematography on ¨A farewell to arms(1933)¨. This motion picture with skeletal plot is well directed by Robert Mulligan , a filmmaker more specialist in human drama and with sure touch in the interior scenes . Mulligan has been out-stripped in reputation by his one time partner/producer Alan J Pacula . Mulligan directed good dramas as ¨A great impostor¨, ¨Love with the proper stranger¨, ¨Inside Daisy Clover¨ and ¨Summer of 42¨ that was extremely successful . His last works as ¨Blood Brothers¨ , ¨Same time next year¨ , ¨Kiss me goodbye¨ , ¨Clara's heart¨ failed to bring the required response from the cinema-goers public . Rating . Above average , worthwhile watching .


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