The Stalking Moon

"You can't escape"

The Stalking Moon is a 1968 western filmed in Technicolor. It stars Gregory Peck and Eva Marie Saint. Robert Mulligan directed the movie. The story of The Stalking Moon was based off of the novel The Stalking Moon by T. V. Olsen. In the story, United States army soldiers gather a group of Native American women and children, and to their surprise, they find among the Native Americans a white woman and her half-Native son.

This woman is named Sarah Carver, and is played by Eva Marie Saint. Sarah begs one of the soldiers named Sam Varner, played by Gregory Peck, to take her with him rather than make her wait five days for the military to send an escort.

Sam takes Sarah and her son to a stage coach stop, but her son runs away that night while they are sleeping. The next day, Sarah goes out and looks for her son. Sam follows her, and meanwhile, back at the stage coach stop, the father of Sarah’s half-Native son finds the stage coach stop and vengefully kills all the passengers and everyone else waiting there.

This murderer is named Salvaje. He is the father of Sarah’s son and a warrior greatly feared as a killer, even by his own people. Despite Sam's anger at Sarah for leading Salvaje to the innocent station victims, Sam invites her back to his ranch to stay with him as a cook.

At the ranch, it is hard for Sam to live with Sarah and her son because neither of them are very talkative, despite Sam’s efforts. When Sam’s friend Nick who is also half-Native comes and visits one day, Sam tells Nick the story of Sarah, her son, and Salvaje, and how Salvaje killed all those people at the stage coach stop. Nick makes Sam realize that it is only a matter of time before Salvaje catches up and finds Sam, Sarah, and her son at Sam’s ranch.

G
| 1968 | 1 hr 49 min | 6.8/10
Cast
Director
Robert Mulligan
Language
English
The Stalking Moon
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