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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Cast overview:
White Bull
Capt. Miles Keogh
Lt. Henry Nowlan
Yellow Bull
Prairie Flower
Britt Lomond ...
Strong Bear
Herbert Rudley ...
Sydney Smith ...
Gen. Alfred Howe Terry
John War Eagle ...
Gregg Martell ...
Cpl. Korn
Lt. Crittenden (as Robert Buzz Henry)


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 <>

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The Untold Story behind the West's Strangest Legend!


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25 December 1958 (USA)  »

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A Horse Named Comanche  »

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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 »


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 »


Music by George Bruns
Lyrics by Hazel George (as Gil George)
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Great for kids?
24 August 2003 | by (New Zealand) – See all my reviews

This was one of my absolute favourite movies as a kid. It seems strange to me now that they could make a family movie about a battle where one side was entirely wiped out (except the horse of course). Not that there was any blood and gore in the film. It just seems a strange topic for a kids movie.

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