The Stalking Moon (Sous-titres franais)
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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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.Read more ›
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!
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.
I love the way we never see Salvarjo's face...always obscured by by a tree or distance. All this adds to our anxiety and apprehension.
The supper scene is full of incredible tenderness, gentle humour, and some the best acting by Peck and Saint bar none.
And Robert Forster, while still a fine actor today with eyes to die for...the man was some hunk, back in 1968!!
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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An unusual premise drives the plot in this one. Eva Marie Saint was captured by Native Americans some years ago , and now has a son fathered by the sneakiest , stealthiest... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Big Bill
If you like westerns, this is a must for your DVD collection Reasonable price too. Not quite as good as a Clint Eastwood western
but very entertaining.
One of those under appreciated films and Gregory Peck is excellent in the western gendre.Published 22 months ago by Neil Fennell
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 on Dec 16 2012 by Mahmood Khan
Picked up this movie after it was mentioned in several top classic movie pics and now having seen, I agree. Read morePublished on Nov. 20 2009 by Gillian
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