A Distant Trumpet Movie Review Summary

Actors: Troy Donahue, Suzanne Pleshette, Diane McBain, James Gregory, Claude Akins

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Directed by Raoul Walsh in 1964. The Indian chief War Eagle and his Chiricahuas left their reserve and, from Mexico, carry out a guerrilla warfare against the American army in the Arizona desert. Freshly graded from West Point Academy, lieutenant Matt Hazard arrives at Fort Delivery, the fort more put at stake, and, the following day of his arrival, is attacked by the Indians while searching for wood. The soldiers, inadequately trained, flee and Hazard is left alone. He manages to circumvent the Indians, saves then Commander Mainwarring's wife, whose carriage was also attacked, spends the night with her in a cave, and, finally, returns to Fort Delivery.
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The Commander Mainwaring having been killed by the Chiricahuas, Hazard decides to train his soldiers to make them ready for the next battle. Along with General Quaint whose troops came to reinforce the detachment of Fort Delivery, Hazard finds the Chiricahuas who, after many losses, manage to cross the Mexican border. Aware that this war can last for a long time, General Quaint sends Hazard to Mexico, accompanied by an Apache scout, to negotiate the surrender of War Eagle and his tribe.

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Actual chase scenes or violence 20%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 40% Time/Era of Movie:    -   16th-19th century Western    -   Yes Kind of western:    -   Good white men fighting wicked Indians

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   senior military Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Southwest The Americas (not US):    -   Yes The Americas:    -   Mexico Desert?    -   Yes Misc setting    -   fort/military installation

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately messy visuals of dead Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only    -   kissing Kind of violence:    -   land battles Unusual forms of death    -   asphyxiation Any profanity?    -   None Is this movie based on a    -   book

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