The success of the journey focuses on keeping the Indian girl alive as well as themselves to complete trade with the Blackfeet.

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Teal Eye
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'Frenchy' Jourdonnais
Henri Letondal ...
La Badie
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Poordevil
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Storyline

Jim Deakins is a frontiersman and Indian trader who is making a perilous journey with a group of other men up the Missouri River to get a large haul of furs from friendly Blackfoot Indians. The problem is that they have to get through hostile Indian territory first and they find that they have seriously underestimated the difficulties they will undergo. The large body of men who started the journey are gradually whittled down until only a hardy few, like Deakins, are left. Written by Alfred Jingle

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And now...for the first time...comes the towering story of the men who battered down the barriers to the untamed northwest and linked it with a great new Nation! (re-release poster) See more »

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19 August 1952 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Howard Hawks' The Big Sky  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Montgomery Clift was offered the role of "Boone Caudill", but turned it down. It was eventually given to Dewey Martin. See more »

Goofs

Deakins' amputated finger is whole again when he hides out in the cave with Teal Eye and the others, and in every scene after that. See more »

Quotes

[while Jim was unconscious, Zeb and Boone amputated Jim's mangled finger]
Jim Deakins: Who's got it?
Boone Cardell: Got what?
Jim Deakins: My finger! What's a man going to do without his finger?
Zeb Calloway: What do you want your finger for?
Jim Deakins: Zeb Calloway, didn't you tell me an injun can't go to heaven unless he's whole? Didn't ya?
Zeb Calloway: That's right, I did.
Boone Cardell: You sure did.
Jim Deakins: That's what I heard. It sounds right, too, don't it?
Zeb Calloway: Sounds right.
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Crazy Credits

Instead of the traditional RKO morse code sound, the film's opening theme music is played over the RKO radio tower image. Later, a title card is displayed explaining the premise of the story. See more »

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Brandy Leave Me Alone
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Written by Josef Marais
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A young Kirk Douglas stands out in this historic recreation of early western river travel
2 July 2000 | by (Denver, CO.) – See all my reviews

This film is EXCELLENT and is filled with many vivid scenes of the Jackson Hole Valley country. Being shot along the Snake River and within easy sight of the Teton Mountain range it gives an amazingly accurate account of what early Keel Boat travel might have been like along the Missouri River and other Western tributaries. Kirk Douglas (Jim Deakins) is superb as he portrays one of three game hunters, along with Dewey Martin (Boone), and the comic backwoods relief of Arthur Hunicutt (Uncle Zeb). Mr. Hunicutt steals the show with his Southern drawl and folksy way cultivating a feeling for the viewer as being one of the "crew". The use of actual French actors & accents adds to the believable setting of the early 1800s environ and customs of the trappers and mountain men who blazed the trails into the West and survived through trade and co-operation with the Indian tribes who populated it. From using trees along the bank to catapult game down to the Keel boat, to the unforgettable scene where "medical" aid is rendered to Kirk.

Well worth your time and any children should be shown it as well because they'll remember it throughout their lives. I certainly have!


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