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Tonka (1958)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama, Family | 25 December 1958 (USA)
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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Strong Bear
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Cpl. Korn
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Ace
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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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A Horse Named Comanche  »

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Trivia

Aired on Wonderful World of Disney under the title Comanche. See more »

Goofs

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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24 August 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I remember this movie being shot on location on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation in Central Oregon about 100 miles southeast of Portland,OR.. I was 13 at the time. It was during the summer when school was out. Some footage was shot just west of the BIA Agency compound behind the Boarding school and other locations as well. Some of the residents were used as extras and of course all the girls went crazy meeting him.

He made us all feel very special while he was there. As I remember, other scenes were shot around Bend Oregon.

Thanks Sal for being so gracious.


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