Masculinity's Last Frontier

Geronimo turns the story of the great Apache chief into a tract for our times

It's about the last thing you expect to see in the '90s: an old-fashioned cavalry-and-Indian western, not so very different from the kind John Ford and many others used to turn out regularly. All the classic elements are here: a harshly beautiful Southwestern landscape; the eponymous warrior chieftain (Wes Studi), noble, misused and off the reservation because promises have been broken; an idealistic young officer (Jason Patric) who respects his enemy; and a greenhorn (Matt Damon) who wants to learn more about him; an honorable general (Gene Hackman) and a bloody-minded one (Kevin Tighe). There's even a grizzled scout (Robert Duvall),...

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