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Run of the Arrow (1957)

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A Rebel vet, O'Meara has refused to surrender when Lee does at Appomatox. O'Meara travels west and after escaping from, he joins the Sioux and takes a wife. After denouncing himself as an ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Yellow Moccasin (as Sarita Montiel)
Capt. Clark
Olive Carey ...
Crazy Wolf (as H. M. Wynant)
Neyle Morrow ...
Lt. Stockwell
Red Cloud (as Frank De Kova)
Gen. Allen (as Colonel Tim McCoy)
Stuart Randall ...
Col. Taylor
Frank Warner ...
Billy Miller ...
Silent Tongue
Chuck Hayward ...


A Rebel vet, O'Meara has refused to surrender when Lee does at Appomatox. O'Meara travels west and after escaping from, he joins the Sioux and takes a wife. After denouncing himself as an American, he must make a choice when the Army and Sioux go to battle. Written by Buxx Banner <>

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The strange saga of the Johnny Reb who turned Sioux to wage a one-man war against the Yankees !




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5 September 1957 (USA)  »

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Although a January 23, 1957 Hollywood Reporter news item reports that a song called "The Purple Hills," with music by Victor Young and lyrics by Milton Berle and Buddy Arnold, had been written for this film, the song was not heard in the viewed print. See more »


Blue Buffalo: [addressing the village] He wants to become a Sioux. To take Yellow Moccasin as his squaw and to adopt Silent Tongue as their son. But his skin is enemy!
Pvt. O'Meara, 6th Virginia Volunteers Sharpshooter: I'm not an American.
Blue Buffalo: But your skin is white!
Pvt. O'Meara, 6th Virginia Volunteers Sharpshooter: But my heart is with the Sioux.
Blue Buffalo: Why?
Pvt. O'Meara, 6th Virginia Volunteers Sharpshooter: Because I love your people. I've learn from Yellow Moccasin that a man cannot live alone. he must have allegiance to a people... to a nation. In my heart my nation is Sioux.
Blue Buffalo: Would you kill the Americans in battle?
Pvt. O'Meara, 6th Virginia Volunteers Sharpshooter: [pauses for a moment] Yes.
Blue Buffalo: Are there any objections...
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Referenced in Dances with Wolves (1990) See more »

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The film that danced with wolves first
4 September 2004 | by (Beverley Hills, England) – See all my reviews

Run of the Arrow is the 50's equivalent of 'Dances with Wolves', so if you wanted to watch Dances with Wolves in the 50's, you had to watch this. That's not such a bad thing, however, as although this film isn't brilliant; it's better than Dances with Wolves. The story follows the adventures of Pvt. O'Meara (portrayed impressively by Rod Steiger), a soldier on the losing side of the American Civil war. He is dismayed by his side joining with the other side at the end of war, and he wants no part of the unified American nation. So, he travels south to the land of savages, because "at least they have pride". On the way to the south, he meets up with a renegade Sioux Indian scout and he finds an admiration for the Sioux culture. He later becomes the first man to beat the 'run of the arrow', and finds himself taking a squire and being accepted into their tribe.

The visuals are gritty and fairly brutal. There is also lots on offer in the way of entertainment: the scene in which our hero beats the run of the arrow is well filmed and exciting, which is just the way it should be. Aside from this, the movie also features a quicksand scene, a near skinning alive sequence and a great Americans vs. Indians battle scene. It also stays entertaining all the through, and that is much to the movie's credit; it's something that Dances with Wolves couldn't manage anyway. The film also features two great actors, which very much impress. The aforementioned Rod Steiger is the first, who takes the lead role. Although he doesn't ever set the screen on fire, he is always believable in his role, and that is enough. Aside from Steiger, the film also features the talents of the very talented Charles Bronson as a Sioux Indian.

The story is nothing new for those who have seen films like Dances with Wolves, or Witness; but remember, this film predates both of those by nearly thirty years, so it's not unoriginality on the part of this. In fact, my only major criticism of the film is that it's under-ambitious. It never really gets under the skin of it's story, and that is a loss to the film as if it had have done; it would have been a more well rounded film. Smaller criticisms are that it's very short, and related to that; the ending feels very rushed and doesn't really satisfy the viewer. Still, The Run of the Arrow is a classic film and one that should not be missed by anyone lucky enough to see it.

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