The Deserter (1971)
Directed by Niksa Fulgosi and Burt Kennedy
Bekim Fehmiu as Captain Victor Kaleb
Richard Crenna as Major Wade Brown
Chuck Connors as Reynolds
Ricardo Montalban as Natachai
Ian Bannen as Cpt. Crawford
Brandon De Wilde as Ferguson
Slim Pickens as Tattinger
Woody Strode as Jackson
Albert Salmi as Schmidt
Patrick Wayne as Cpt. Bill Robinson
Fausto Tozzi as Orozco
Mimmo Palmara as Chief Mangus Durango
John Alderson as O'Toole
Doc Greaves as Scott
Lucio Rosato as Jed
US Army cavalry has come back from a two week vigilance, travel to a town discovering the residents have been ruthlessly murdered by Indians. Amid the massacre that needed protection in a contaminate church is the dead wife of the patrol’s leader.
Captain Victor Kaleb does not take the news of his wife’s death well, having antagonistic resentment over the harsh murder by Apaches. He feels the reason the massacre happened was due to the army’s disregard and oversight. He is so upset he shoots at Colonel Wade Brown, injuring him and leaves the cavalry on their own. He travels on his own to the southwest to put an end to the Apaches.
Two years have passed by and harassing Apaches are held up in Mexico. Kaleb is guaranteed forgiveness by General Miles if he directs a small group of soldiers to cross the border and kill all the Indians there. When the team arrives, a fight proceeds with Kaleb’s team fighting strong. Once the fight is over with, General Miles informs Kaleb that he has orders to arrest him, but his team comes to his defense.