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Battles of Chief Pontiac (1952)

Approved | | Drama, History, War | 8 December 1952 (USA)
During the 1700s, in the Great Lakes region the British troops have driven the French out and with help from the mercenary Hessian troops the British plan to annihilate the native tribes of the Ottawas.

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Complete credited cast:
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Lt. Kent McIntire
Helen Westcott ...
Winifred Lancaster
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Chief Pontiac (as Lon Chaney)
Berry Kroeger ...
Col. von Weber
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Maj. Gladwin
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Hawkbill
Katherine Warren ...
Chia (as Katharine Warren)
Ramsay Hill ...
Gen. Sir Jeffrey Amherst (as Ramsey Hill)
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Von Weber's aide
James Fairfax ...
Guardhouse sentry
Abner George ...
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In pre-Revolutionary America, the efforts of a Colonial officer trying to broker a peace deal between Indian chief Pontiac and British and American settlers are threatened by the commander of a Hessian mercenary unit who embarks on a campaign of extermination against the Indians. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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The fighting story of the great Pontiac. See more »

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Drama | History | War | Western

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8 December 1952 (USA)  »

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Los que saben morir  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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The Indians are played by members of a Sioux tribe from a reservation near Rapid City, South Dakota, where this was filmed. The British and Hessian troops were played by U.S. Air Force soldiers from a local airbase. See more »

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The Hessian soldiers fire smooth-bore, muzzle-loading muskets numerous times without reloading them. See more »

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Sensitive To Native American History
30 March 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Lon Chaney Jr plays Chief Pontiac. A real man in history. This film shows the Native American history in the right light - sensitive to them while showing the brutality of "white man". The disagreements, peace talks, diseases, Native American way of life etc.. are all shown in this one film. The story is a good one.

The movie may not be 100% accurate to real history - I know it isn't - but it tries to it in a favorable light and they succeeded in my book.

Chaney is good - I realize that not everyone will agree but he has played Native American roles before and has always given a sincere performance.

8/10


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