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Tonka (1958)

Approved  |   |  Adventure, Drama, Family  |  25 December 1958 (USA)
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The remarkable and ironical story of a wild colt that changes owners around the time of the Great Sioux War of 1876.

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White Bull
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Capt. Miles Keogh
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Lt. Henry Nowlan
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Yellow Bull
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Prairie Flower
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Robert 'Buzz' Henry ...
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In Dakota territory in the 1870s, White Bull, a young Sioux, proves his manhood by catching and training a wild colt he names Tonka. When a cruel cousin claims the horse as the privilege of rank, White Bull lets Tonka go. The horse ends up in the hands of a captain in the US cavalry about the time that Sitting Bull gathers the tribes to confront the growing US presence, epitomized by the bigoted General Custer. All paths, including those of White Bull and Tonka, lead to the confluence of the Little and Big Horn rivers. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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The Untold Story behind the West's Strangest Legend!


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According to actor, H.M. Wynant, who filmed with Sal Mineo, says Sal had a poker game going on every night. He was very sweet. See more »

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After the last soldier was killed at the Battle of the Little Big Horn; the Indians didn't just ride away. The Indians stripped and mutilated the dead soldiers; the only exception was Lt. Colonel Myles Keogh (the owner of Comanche (his mount) considered to be the only survivor of the battle. See more »

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Tonka
Music by George Bruns
Lyrics by Hazel George (as Gil George)
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Two viewings 45 years apart
20 August 2004 | by (Indiana) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie as a kid and loved it. I now own horses and watched it with my equestrian daughter recently. It still holds up pretty well, but the thing that blew my mind was that Tonka's natural blaze is apparently painted over and the color does not match. Look at the picture on the cover of the Disney release - It's amazing that they thought they would pull that off.

I agree with the other person's comment about the subject matter for a Disney kid's film. Of course, the Custer last stand part is only the big final scene. Most of the movie deals with the young Indian brave and Tonka as they sort their way through the harsh realities of those times. It seems a bit of a stretch (but perfect ending for Disney) that in the end Sal becomes a scout for the army with Tonka as his horse.


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