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Pillars of the Sky (1956)

Approved | | Western | 19 October 1956 (West Germany)
In 1868 Oregon, when the Army violates the treaty by building a road across the reservation, several tribal chiefs decide to unite their forces against the trespassing whites.

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Calla Gaxton
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Dr. Joseph Holden
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Capt. Tom Gaxton
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Sgt. Lloyd Carracart
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Timothy
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Col. Edson Stedlow
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Kamiakin
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Mrs. Anne Avery
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Sgt. Dutch Williams
Orlando Rodriguez ...
Malachi
Glen Kramer ...
Lt. Winston
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Lt. Hammond
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Jacob
Felix Noriego ...
Lucas
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In Oregon Country, 1868, several tribes of Native Americans have been placed on a reservation north of the Snake River. Here Doctor Holden has built a church, and many of the tribes have accepted Christianity and Christian names. Sgt. Emmett Bell is in charge of maintaining order here. When the cavalry, under the command of Col. Stedlow, arrives, building a bridge across the river and intending to open a road across the reservation to areas north, some of the tribal chiefs feel their treaty has been violated. As the cavalry column advances into the reservation, Kamiakin vows to lead the tribes in battle against the encroaching white men. Written by Jeff Hole <jeffhole@aol.com>

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The story of a people's faith and the courage of a man they called Godless!

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Dem Tode entronnen  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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2.35 : 1
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One of the few westerns where the Indians actually ride bareback or on blankets instead of a blanket over the saddle. See more »

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When Sgt. Bell goes to the tent for a drink of whiskey and Sgt. Carrracart tells him the still is small, Bell leaves and Carracart takes a drink from a canteen. The canteen is a Scout model made of aluminum and was not available until the 1900s. See more »

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Down in the Valley
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Traditional
Arranged by Milton Rosen
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Different, and surprisingly good
6 January 2003 | by (California) – See all my reviews

Given the basically no-star cast and the fact that it came from Universal-International, it's understandable that you might think this would be just another run-of-the-mill "B" oater--and you'd be dead wrong. This first-rate western has several things going for it. The breathtaking Oregon locations have been beautifully captured by Harold Lipstein's expert Technicolor cinematography. The colors are lush, and the photography is so atmospheric you can almost feel the chill in your bones as the troops slog through the rugged mountain country. There are several rousingly staged and exciting action scenes, notably a somewhat lengthy sequence in which a wagon train loaded with troops cuts its way through a mass of charging Indians. The performances by a cast of veteran character actors--Lee Marvin in an early role (although his Irish brogue is a bit much), Keith Andes, Charles Horvath, Alberto Morin and Willis Bouchey, among others--are top-notch, Dorothy Malone is beautiful, Jeff Chandler gives a more authoritative (and animated) performance than he usually did and Ward Bond does an outstanding job as a caring and concerned missionary who doesn't want to see bloodshed on either side. The main thing the film has going for it, though, is the subject matter. Rather than having the usual Apaches or Comanches rampaging through the Southwest, the film is set in the Oregon mountain country, and the Indians are not superstitious savages but have been converted to Christianity by missionary Bond, and many in their religious zeal have given up their "animal" names and taken the names of Biblical figures (to further drive the point home, one soldier complains to Bond that, since he has "Christianized" the Indians, they have no qualms about attacking at night; "uncivilized" Indians never attacked at night for fear that if they were killed, their spirits would roam in the dark forever and never find peace). As far as I know, this particular facet of the Indian wars had never been tackled before or, for that matter, since. The story consistently holds your interest (although the triangle between Chandler, Malone and Andes tends to slow things down somewhat), the action scenes are terrific, the photography, as noted, is superb. A very worthy effort from veteran director George Marshall. Well worth your time.


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