Having a welcome strategic expertise in both the hot and dank Florida swamplands and the local tribe of Seminole Indians, the brilliant and ethical West Point graduate, Second Lieutenant Lance Caldwell, is transferred to scheming Major Degan's Everglades outpost, in 1835. Supposedly impeding the development of white civilisation, the Seminoles must be expelled from their native lands at all costs; all that stands between the aspirations of the venomous commanding officer and the last of the Indian clans is Caldwell. Sooner or later, a dead sentry and a fiery clash with the men of the powerful Seminole leader, Chief Osceola, will stain the vast and impassable marshes with blood, as a strong-willed beautiful woman stands in the middle. Can Caldwell be the voice of reason and compromise?Written by
Rock Hudson fans, rent Seminole. He's so ridiculously handsome, it makes you want to make an optometrist appointment for Barbara Hale. In the movie, he's a lieutenant from West Point who comes back to his hometown after many years. His sweetheart Barbara isn't exactly glad to see him. Why? Because she's got another sweetheart on the side. Magnetic and passionate Anthony Quinn is Rock's rival, but since he plays an American Indian, it's a taboo romance. At that time, it was pretty racy of Hollywood to take an interracial romance seriously, let alone to show smooches!
The love triangle alone makes Seminole an interesting movie, but the side plot is also compelling. Rock is under the command of the stern, unfeeling Richard Carlson, and they constantly struggle with how to deal with the American Indians. Richard wants to obliterate them and take the territory, but Rock knows them-and is even friends with one of them, namely Anthony Quinn. And yes, that makes things even more complicated!
If you're don't really like Cavalry vs. Indians movies, you won't like this one. I wasn't really happy with the way things ended up, so this isn't a movie I'll watch over and over, but it was entertaining for the first hour.
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