Review: ‘Ulzana’s Raid’

Ulzana's Raid is the sort of pretentious US Army-vs-Indians period potboiler that invites derision from its own dialog and situations. However, suffice it to say that the production is merely ponderous in its formula action-sociology-violence, routine in its acting and direction, and often confusing in its hokey storytelling.

Ulzana’s Raid is the sort of pretentious US Army-vs-Indians period potboiler that invites derision from its own dialog and situations. However, suffice it to say that the production is merely ponderous in its formula action-sociology-violence, routine in its acting and direction, and often confusing in its hokey storytelling.

Screenplay finds a weathered old frontier scout (Burt Lancaster) saddled with a super-naive greenhorn young army officer-who-matures-under-pressure-etc (Bruce Davison) as the patrol attempts to round up some marauding Apaches.

Whatever the film’s aspirations, the effect is simply another exploitation western which crassly exploits the potentials in physical abuse, and in which plot suspense is not what is going to happen, but how bestial it can be.

Ulzana's Raid

Production

Universal. Director Robert Aldrich; Producer Carter De Haven; Screenplay Alan Sharp; Camera Joseph Biroc; Editor Michael Luciano; Music Frank DeVol; Art Director James D. Vance

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1972. Running time: 103 MIN.

With

Burt Lancaster Bruce Davison Jorge Luke Richard Jaeckel Joaquin Martinez Lloyd Bochner
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