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Stalking Moon

Gregory Peck , Eva Marie Saint , Robert Mulligan    G (General Audience)   DVD
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A scout in the old Southwest (Gregory Peck) undertakes to protect a white woman (Eva Marie Saint) and her half-breed son from the Apache warrior--the woman's captor-husband of 10 years--who wants them back. The scout is a man of estimable courage and resources (again, Gregory Peck), but the mostly unseen Apache is a veritable monster of determination, cunning, and bloodthirstiness: Peck and his two charges doom entire communities to extermination just by passing through the neighborhood. This fierce amalgam of Western and horror movie was the last of seven collaborations between director Robert Mulligan and producer Alan J. Pakula, of which To Kill a Mockingbird was the peak. The Stalking Moon isn't peak material, but it's a demonically effective palm-sweater, and fascinating as a prelude to Pakula's own breakout as director of the great paranoid trilogy Klute, The Parallax View, and All the President's Men. Robert Forster has an early role as a fellow, part-Indian scout. --Richard T. Jameson

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The Stalking Moon is a 1968 western film in Technicolor starring Gregory Peck and Eva Marie Saint. It is directed by Robert Mulligan and based on the novel of the same name by T.V. Olsen.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
By Lawrance M. Bernabo HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
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I have read only two Western novels in my life. The second was Larry McMurtry's "Lonesome Dove," after seeing the televison mini-series, and the first was Theodore V. Olsen's "The Stalking Moon," after seeing this 1968 film. I have tried to think of whether there is really a common denominator between the two and while they share fine performances by Oscar winning actors and an attention to psychological conflicts, they are still rather different stories.
Gregory Peck plays San Varner, a scout for the U.S. cavalry on his last mission, which is to round up some Apaches to take to the reservation. This particular group follows Salvaje (Nathaniel Narcisco), the famed warrior who likes to hunt his enemies alone, using a Sharps buffalo rifle for long distance killing and a knife for up close and personal. Salvaje is not among the group, but they do find Sarah Carver (Eva Marie Saint), a while woman who has been living with the tribe for some time, and her boy (Noland Clay), who happens to be the son of Salvaje. After this final mission Varner is going to retire to his ranch in the mountains of New Mexico, while Sarah and her son are supposed to go East to find relatives. But they both know that the pair will never find acceptance back there and Varner ends up taking them to New Mexico.
After they settle Varner gets a visit from his protégé, the half-breed scout Nick Tana (Robert Forster) to report that Salvaje has learned about what happened to his woman and child, and is leaving a trail of corpses across the Southwest making his way to the ranch. The stage is then set for the deadly two-sided game of cat and mouse between these men.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A WESTERN OF HITCHCOCKIAN PROPORTIONS June 11 2004
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What would a western directed by Alfred Hitchcock have looked like? Odds are that THE STALKING MOON, starring Gregory Peck, would come close.
Peck plays Sam Varner, a scout in the Southwest working to round up the last vestiges of the fierce Apache tribe. Reluctantly he succumbs to the insistent appeals of a white woman (Eva Marie Saint), whom he has rescued from ten years of captivity among the Apaches, to take her and her half-breed son away from their makeshift camp. The one detail that she withholds is that her husband and the father of the boy is the notorious, bloodthirsty and diabolical Apache warrior Salvaje. And you don't have to be historian to recognize that Salvaje is patterned after the real-life Apache warrior Geronimo.
Without knowing of the carnage that Salvaje is reaping in the wake of his wife and son being taken from him, Varner takes the woman and child with him to New Mexico. It isn't until Nick Tana (Robert Forster), Varner's friend and protégé, shows up and recounts all that has happened that Varner realizes that Salvaje is coming from the child, the woman and for him.
The movie masterfully masks the warrior until the very end, increasing the intensity of its plot and suspense with every discordant strum of the guitars in the soundtrack.
THE STALKING MOON is a must-see western. Gregory Peck is wonderful and defines Varner as only he could. Robert Forster and Eve Marie Saint are also terrific. Wish this one were on DVD!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Where have all the westerns gone? Dec 6 2001
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"The Stalking Moon" is one of the finest westerns I have ever seen. In fact it is just a great film. The suspense is magnetic as the plot unfolds. Gregory Peck plays a retiring army scout who tries to help a woman and her Indian son. The woman, played stoically and well by Eva Marie Saint, has just been rescued from years of enforced captivity and life with her kidnappers. As she and Peck leave they are stalked by the Indian father of her son.
The ending could be considered a bit predictable but you are captivated anyway incident after incident. Who will hear who?
Who will live? Who will die? We do care.
I don't think any western since "The Searchers" havs pleased me this much. I ordered my used video just recently. Sure it's an older film when Peck and St. Marie were then less than young, but, indeed, a keeper.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An overlooked classic western. Nov. 4 2001
By Kim F.
Format:VHS Tape
I had never seen this movie until recently and was surprised that it hasn't been shown more often. It is intense and suspenseful. The actors are well-cast and help make this a believable film.
If you like the typical "shoot 'em up" type westerns, you may not like this movie. It focuses on the shifting relationships between the various characters while in a tense situation. It reminded me a lot of "The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing", which is another great film.
My only complaint - take off the darn spurs!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great movie. Aug. 13 1999
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This Western is a secret treasure. I'm so happy to find it on amazon. Gregory Peck plays a scout who has been working for the US cavalry. It's pretty much a mop up operation now toward the end of the Indian Wars. He's been involved with the cavalry's escort of women and children and elderly people to a reservation and now he's done and looking forward to retiring to his cabin in the foothills of the rockies. A white squaw played by Eve Marie Saint approaches him and asks for further escort for herself and her half-breed son. Reluctantly, Peck acquiesces. Well, it turns out that the boy's father is just about the baddest renegade chief ever and he starts coming on like the Terminator to get his son back. Peck, who's hatched a hankerin' for Saint (who can blame him!) resolves to stop him. Hold on to your saddle horn, pardner, 'cause man, it gets intense. You never see the Stalking Moon coming but you always know where he's been. Just count the bodies. Great movie!
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4.0 out of 5 stars ... of those under appreciated films and Gregory Peck is excellent in...
One of those under appreciated films and Gregory Peck is excellent in the western gendre.
Published 14 days ago by Neil Fennell
3.0 out of 5 stars Too slow
As Gregory Peck is my favorite actor, I bought this movie, but it has very little action and it is quite slow and there is nothing exciting about the plot. Could do without it.
Published 21 months ago by Mahmood Khan
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent movie for Western Fans
Picked up this movie after it was mentioned in several top classic movie pics and now having seen, I agree. Read more
Published on Nov. 20 2009 by Gillian
5.0 out of 5 stars "Gregory Peck Series ... The Stalking Moon (1968) ... Warner Bros."
Warner Bros. presents "THE STALKING MOON" (25 December 1968) (109 mins/Colo) (Dolby digitally remastered) -- Our story line and plot, "The Stalking Moon", adapted from a novel by... Read more
Published on Sept. 21 2008 by J. Lovins
5.0 out of 5 stars NOT Slow... but Suspenseful!
This is one of the best westerns ever made...hands down! The gorgeous scenery, the nailbiting suspense, the admirable skills of all the protagonists, the realistic motivations and... Read more
Published on Sept. 19 2008 by Dale Shortliffe
3.0 out of 5 stars worth a look
This film is a little slow, and we don't see the indian until near the end..but this makes it real..they could hide themselves so well. I liked the fight at the end...
Published on March 5 2004 by Brian Gay
5.0 out of 5 stars Eminently Worthy of Greater Appreciation
One of my several diversions is to compile different kinds of lists of films. For example, one is of under appreciated and probably seldom-seen westerns. This one is on the list. Read more
Published on July 23 2003 by Robert Morris
5.0 out of 5 stars A REAL WESTERN
As a real western movies fan , this film is perfect to me. The characters , the subject and the places where the movie took place are very realistic(thanks to Gregory Peck) . Read more
Published on May 19 2001 by Serdar Kurer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Western!
Taut and exciting western. Film builds scene upon scene to give characters depth and to create an atmosphere of unknown dread. Read more
Published on March 8 2000 by Jack Hunter
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