|CAPTAIN APACHE (THE GUNS OF APRIL MORNING) (DEATHWORK) (director/writer: Alexander Singer; screenwriters: from the novel by S.E. Whitman; Milton Sperling/Philip Yordan; cinematographer: John Cabrera; editor: Leigh G. Tallas; music: Dolores Claman; cast: Lee Van Cleef (Capt. Apache), Stuart Whitman (Griffin), Carroll Baker (Maude), Percy Herbert (Moon); Runtime: 94; MPAA Rating: R; producer: Milton Sperling; Prism; 1971-UK)|
western is a very violent and preposterous one."
by Dennis Schwartz
filmmaker Alexander Singer ("Psyche
59"/"Bunco"/"Love Has Many Faces") directs this
low-budget "spaghetti western" starring Lee Van Cleef.
Writers Milton Sperling and Philip
Yordan base it on the novel by S.E.
Whitman. The writers do a fine job spoofing the
western genre, espionage pics and racial dramas.
no-nonsense West Point grad Captain Apache (Lee
Van Cleef) is the outsider Indian-born US Army
officer investigating a murder of an Indian
Commissioner, whose last words were "April
morning." The Indian officer finds anyone with info
dies before he can spill the beans. Captain Apache is
alive only because he's handy with the gun and is able
to kill those who want him dead before they kill him.
Apache's investigation leads him to the scheming 'to
get rich quick' shady businessman Griffin (Stuart
Whitman). He was about to start an Indian war as his
men dress as Indians. While getting info by roughing
up those he questions, Captain Apache also discovers
that Griffin is plotting to murder President Grant.
western is a very violent and preposterous one. It's
produced in Spain by leftist American expatriates.
It's watchable for the stunning views of the
landscapes. Otherwise it's a crappy movie, except for
its very good opening sequence, Van Cleef
singing the theme song and a chilling cave scene.
Baker has a ridiculous part of giving speeches about
the 'noble savage.'
REVIEWED ON 3/24/2015 GRADE: C+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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