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Chief Crazy Horse (1955)

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

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Major Twist
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Little Big Man
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Flying Hawk
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Worm
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Lt. Colin Cartwright
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Spotted Tail
James Millican ...
General Crook
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Caleb Mantz
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Old Man Afraid
Pat Hogan ...
Dull Knife
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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 <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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GREAT SAGA OF THE FIGHTING SIOUX... (original ad - all caps) See more »

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Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Jeff Mantz: It isn't often we get such fine pelts as you brought us... or such pretty yellow stones. Where did you get them?
Little Big Man: From the Lakota burial grounds. They ward off evil spirits. They are big medicine.
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Featured in Legends of the West (1992) See more »

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Victor Mature's tragic warrior of the prophecy
16 July 2005 | by (Virginia) – See all my reviews

This fine western traces the life of the Sioux warrior, from the time when he received his vision as a boy, his battles against red and white enemies, and finishes with his betrayal and murder by a fellow Lakota. Victor Mature is good as the Lakota warrior who is one of the most tragic figures in western history. The film examines the petty disputes among the Indians who could not present a unified front in the face of white westward expansion, especially the rush to the Black Hills in search of gold. The film shows two of Crazy Horse's famous battles, the Fetterman and Rosebud engagements to good effect but the Custer fight gets only a brief mention and is glossed over almost as an afterthought. The widescreen CinemaScope is excellent and bathes the beautiful landscapes of the Black Hills and the Badlands with beautiful color. The music by Frank Skinner is a dramatic and heroic accompaniment to a fine film that pays tribute to a great American.


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