The story of Geronimo is told by a young West Point cadet, who's sent with Lieutenant Gatewood (Jason Patric - The Lost Boys) to bring in the legendary Apache. Geronimo played by Wes Studi (The Last of the Mohicans), surrenders after months of fighting United States policy of enforced reservations for Indians.
Once the Indians are living on the reservations, they're expected to learn farming, instead of hunting. The Arizona land isn't fertile enough to grow corn successfully and the government has to set up monthly stipends in order for them to sustain themselves.
Geronimo can't live in the confines of the reservation with the government's strict rules and regulations. He joins up with other renegade warriors to attack settlers who took up residence on what once was Indian land. Americans kill Indians with bounty prices on their heads. This travesty continues for years until Brig. Gen. Cook (Gene Hackman) resigns over the embarrassment of his failure with Geronimo, and a newly appointed General orders Lt. Gatewood to find Geronimo and offer him a reservation in Florida with his family, in return for his surrender. But, the government has no intention keeping its word and imprisons Geronimo for 22 years after he's captured.
Patric has adopted a strange accent and shows very little emotion to back up his strong attachment to the Indian. But Robert Duvall, who plays a hardened Army scout who tracked Geronimo for years and has a real respect for the man, is very believable.
Filmed in beautiful Arizona with its majestic canyons and red clay, it provides a striking contrast to the hatred, deception and death that is depicted on screen.
Studi gives a very powerful performance as the proud warrior.
It's a shameful page from America's history and finally the Indian's plight is sympathetically dealt with.
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