Chief Crazy Horse (1955)

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This biography of the famous Lakota Sioux war chief is told entirely from the Indian viewpoint.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Suzan Ball ...
Black Shawl
Major Twist
Little Big Man
Keith Larsen ...
Flying Hawk
Paul Guilfoyle ...
Lt. Colin Cartwright
Robert Warwick ...
Spotted Tail
James Millican ...
General Crook
Morris Ankrum ...
Donald Randolph ...
Aaron Cartwright
Robert F. Simon ...
Jeff Mantz
James Westerfield ...
Caleb Mantz
Stuart Randall ...
Old Man Afraid
Pat Hogan ...
Dull Knife


When young Crazy Horse, of whom great things were predicted, wins his bride, rival Little Big Man goes to villainous traders with evidence of gold in the sacred Lakota burial ground. Of course, a new gold rush starts despite all treaties, and Crazy Horse becomes military leader of his people. Initial Indian victories lead to the inevitable result. Uniquely, all is told from the Indian perspective. Written by Rod Crawford <>

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He Hurled The Lance That Smashed Custer That Historic Day At Little Big Horn! See more »


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Release Date:

April 1955 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Speer der Rache  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Did You Know?


In some scenes General Crook has three stars in each shoulder strap, indicating the rank of lieutenant general, when he was only a brigadier general in 1876-1877. Possibly Crook's Sioux nickname of "three stars" - influenced the costume designer. See more »


Red Cloud: Hear my words. Life melts from me. My eyes see into the mist. Someday a great warrior leader will arise among us. His medicine will be very storng against the whites. He will unite all the tribes of the Lakotas... and lead us to vicotry. But drive envy and jealousy from your hearts. For when this great warrior dies, it will be at the hand of a Lakota.
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Featured in Legends of the West (1992) See more »

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Good movie marred by non-Indian casting
15 March 2000 | by (Colorado) – See all my reviews

Typical for its time, this is a well-intentioned biography of (as it states) "one of America's greatest generals". Real Indians appear in the background, and, like they were in Ford films, they are great scene-stealers. Victor Mature, Ray Danton, and Suzan Ball are quite good. Better-than-average script, but the action scenes are only fair (it was not an expensive movie, and it seems that the violence, especially in Custer's last stand, is underplayed to accentuate War as a necessity and not a pleasure). Good Remingtonesque photography, filmed in the Black Hills.

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