Re: TNT's Crazy Horse, Geromimo & Tecumseh ... especially, Geronimo

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Posted by Petra on October 28, 1998 at 23:58:48:

In Reply to: Re: TNT's Crazy Horse, Geromimo & Tecumseh ... especially, Geronimo Pt Two posted by Penny on October 28, 1998 at 18:51:48:

Penny and Rich, I too think that The Broken Chain was the best out of the four TNT movies that night.

About Geronimo, I find it not so much comparable to the version with Wes Studi because each covered different periods of the man's life. The reason why I liked the TNT version better is not so much that it's more historical correct (I'd have to watch the other one again to remember the details) but that it tried to portray Geronimo as a human being with very human emotions and who had experienced losses and seen brutalities that might have caused others to go insane. Usually, when you read about him, the text is titled something like "The Apache Wars" and it describes him as a warrior, either almost superhuman or simply fierce, and the pictures show him as an older man, a face like carved in rock. The movie shows him as a boy first, and even though it focuses on how he already outsmarted others, he comes across as sweet and in a way "soft." Then later, it showed how he lost one family after the other (and I think I read that he was married even a few times more and lost each wife and most or all of his children), how he stood in line with everyone waiting for food, and moments where he almost despaired. All this helps paint a picture of a man, not just of a legend. And I don't know the actor who played him as a young to middle-aged man, but he looked "right" in the role.

As for Tecumseh, I knew very little about him, but at the end of the movie I noticed that a certain Hawk Pope was credited with having been "Native American Advisor" to the production. Now, incidentally, I had just read some posts on another message board where Shawnee people expressed their anger about this very same man who, they say, started a fake tribe in Ohio and had his own agenda when advising Turner. I asked them what they think of the movie, and instead of quoting their responses, here is the link to the thread:

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