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Distant Drums

1951 1h 41m Western List
Reviews 41% Audience Score 1,000+ Ratings
A captain (Gary Cooper) and an Army company fight gunrunners and Seminoles in the Everglades. Read More Read Less

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Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews Might not be top notch Walsh but is still enjoyable. Rated: B Aug 21, 2014 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Though not one of director Raoul Walsh's or star Gary Cooper's best actioners, the movie has some good moments due to visual style and on-location shooting. Rated: C+ Apr 30, 2012 Full Review Michael E. Grost Classic Film and Television Dubious war film, mixed with interesting jungle adventure from director Raoul Walsh. Jul 17, 2009 Full Review Read all reviews

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Daniela a enjoyable movie that people must see! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/05/23 Full Review Audience Member This movie is really quite unique for its time; few movies during this era were actually shot on location. Most of the movie is filmed in St. Augustine and it looks BEAUTIFUL in technicolor! This Warner Bros-made adventure film is packed with intense action scenes which were the first in movie history to include the Wilhelm scream stock recording which was later used in over 400 films including the Star Wars movies. This film includes the only significant lead role in Mari Aldon's very short-lived career; honestly I don't understand why because I thought she was definitely acceptable as the leading lady in this movie. But perhaps the most significantly different feature of this movie is the fact that REAL Seminole Indians were cast in the movie; no "Brown Face"! Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/19/23 Full Review Audience Member Great Florida Western with Gary Cooper! Notable: this is the very first known film to use the Wilhelm Scream sound effect that's been used hundres of times since. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/14/23 Full Review lanfranco c Old "exotic" western Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member good western with Coop Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Audience Member A small group of adventurers facing Indians during Seminola war in the Florida Everglades... Mighty adventure booms--This interesting Western and action film makes it of the finest of Raoul Walsh genre entries... Not your usual oater!! Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/22/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis A captain (Gary Cooper) and an Army company fight gunrunners and Seminoles in the Everglades.
Raoul Walsh
Milton Sperling
Niven Busch
Production Co
Warner Bros., United States Pictures
Original Language
Release Date (DVD)
May 11, 2004
1h 41m