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United States has just acquired Louisiana from France. An expedition led by Lewis and Clark is sent to survey the territory and go where no white man has gone before. Are they able to overcome the dangers with the help of Sacajawea? Written by
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According to scriptwriter Winston Miller there was a scene where Charlton Heston is coming down the river and comes across a body on a sand spit with "so many arrows in him he looked like a pin cushion." When Heston uttered the line, "He's dead," the audience found it laughable and the scene changed their acceptance of the film's credibility. The scene had to be re-edited with Heston's line deleted. See more »
The film depicts a number of troops in the expedition meeting their deaths at the hands of natives or other causes. As a matter of fact only a single member of the Corps of Discovery died in the entire expedition - Sgt. Charles Floyd, of acute appendicitis. See more »
For what it is, an almost total fabrication of the events involved in the exploration of the Louisiana territory, the film is an enjoyable, beautifully shot adventure but for the real story look elsewhere. Donna Reed is ridiculously cast as Sacajawea, Katy Jurado who was actively working in Hollywood at the time would have been far more suitable. She gives an earnest reading of the part but if this is the best the studios could find for her after her Oscar win it's little wonder that she had moved over to TV within a few years. MacMurray although first billed actually disappears for several stretches of the film and Heston, who is ideal in this sort of picture, carries the bulk of the movie.
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