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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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Maj. 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
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Jeff Mantz
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Caleb Mantz
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Old Man Afraid
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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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He Hurled The Lance That Smashed Custer That Historic Day At Little Big Horn! See more »

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Final film of Suzan Ball. See more »

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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 »

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Gen. Crook: Why hunt buffalo? We're giving your people what they need.
Chief Crazy Horse: But with my people, the buffalo hunt isn't the same as that with white. We don't hang the buffalo's head on a pole in the lodge and boast of our hunting skill. By eating his flesh, our flesh becomes strong. His skin makes our clothing, his bones our arrows, his hair makes the ropes for our horses. Even the covering on our feet comes from him. The buffalo is truly our friend... sent to give us life. Take this hunt from us and we are no ...
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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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