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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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Gen. Alfred Howe Terry
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Cpl. Korn
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Ace
Robert 'Buzz' Henry ...
Lt. Crittenden (as 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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I encourage for parent and child viewing.
25 September 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I too have seen this movie when I was a child around 6 or 7 years old. I have recently been fortunate to receive it as a gift since it is my favorite movie of all time. It was a "Disney" movie. The color of the mane was something I truly did not pay attention to even on my most recent view of the movie. Looking back, I still did not expect to see history accurately portrayed with the history of Hollywood. To me it was a movie about a horse a brave and the love and respect between them. It was also a store of a Native American and a step to become a man in his culture. It was for entertainment. It is a movie I look forward to sharing with my granddaughter when she is 5 or 7 years. I hope and believe it will deliver to her what it did to me. A movie for the young of a horse and one who is blessed by its present in his life. I can not help still seeing some parts in my own child's eyes.


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