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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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
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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 »
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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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As tensions between the Souix and the United States Army heat up, sympathetic Cavalry officer Dale Robertson asks and is sent to try to quell the anger of Chief Sitting Bull, who's son was recently murdered by a brutish bureaucrat.
Although this gets high marks for attempting to be even handed, this American-Mexican co-production is too long and too ordinary, with a silly fifties-style romantic subplot that gets in the way of the action and swells the running time.
The usually excellent character actor J. Carroll Naish is a pretty wooden Sitting Bull while Iron Eyes Cody fares much better as Crazy Horse.
For a film called Sitting Bull, it spends way too much time with the Cavalry and not enough time with the title subject. Despite the disappointing performance by Naish, his scenes with Cody are much more interesting than Robertson's.
The well staged battle at the Little Big Horn, reportedly the most faithful ever filmed, occurs way too late in the proceedings to help the picture and the ending is way to corny.
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