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Sitting Bull (1954)

Approved | | Western | 6 October 1954 (USA)
A cavalry officer sympathetic to the wronged Sioux fixes a meeting between Chief Sitting Bull and President Grant but a dishonest Indian Agent and a hateful General Custer test the Sioux's patience, threatening to derail the peace-talks.

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Storyline

Chief Sitting Bull of the Sioux tribe is forced by the Indian-hating General Custer to react with violence, resulting in the famous Last Stand at Little Bighorn. Parrish, a friend to the Sioux, tries to prevent the bloodshed, but is court- martialed for "collaborating" with the enemy. Sitting Bull, however, manages to intercede with President Grant on Parrish's behalf. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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The Biggest Battle That Ever Shook the West!

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Western

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6 October 1954 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Das letzte Gefecht  »

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$1,500,000
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(Eastmancolor)

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2.55 : 1
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Trivia

The film was shot outside of Mexico City, and star Mary Murphy caught "Montezuma's Revenge" and was very ill throughout the six-week shoot. Most of her scenes are relatively brief, possibly because of this. See more »

Goofs

While everyone is waiting for President Grant's response, due before the next full moon, the moon's terminator (the line between light and shadow) apparently moves from left to right. The terminator always moves from right to left. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Sitting Bull: These are the Black Hills of Dakota. The Sioux Indians named this land. It is their word for "friendly." There are seven warrior tribes in the Sioux Nation. And I have prayed the Dakota and its hills would be too rough for the white man and his plows. But, once again, the white man comes. I watch their coming with a sad heart. There are few now, but I know that many will come for they seek the white man's treasure... gold.
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Featured in Reel Injun (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Great Spirit
Music and Lyrics by Max Rich
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A great period piece... for how Hollywood made 'em back then
20 January 2006 | by See all my reviews

Okay, I admit it, we haven't finished it yet; we're somewhere into the second hour. It was packaged as the back half of a dollar-store DVD with "Custer" on the other side, so we bought it on a whim to see how badly you could repackage an old (probably public-domain) film in modern technology.

The answer is: pretty badly. Watching this film is a challenge to determine which part is the filmmakers' fault (e.g. wooden acting; stilted dialogue) and which part is the result of an aging film that no one can be bothered to handle properly (e.g. a badly discolored old print; a truly horrendous pan-and-scan job of what was once an interesting-looking widescreen film).

Of special note is the maddeningly constant, wall-to-wall musical background: cheesy weeping strings and such, non-stop, as if the filmmakers were terrified of having actual silence in the background once in a while. On the other hand, this _is_ how they liked to make films back then, so if you look at it as a period piece -- no, not as an example of life in the west, but as an example of what Hollywood churned out in the early '50s: the lighting, the acting, the hairstyles, etc. -- then it's actually interesting to watch... for a while, anyway.


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