6.6/10
280
12 user 2 critic

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.

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Reviews

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Adventure | Family | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Johnny Tremain is drawn into the Revolutionary War, and becomes a patriot fighting to free the colonies from England. Along the way he learns about life and about himself.

Director: Robert Stevenson
Stars: Hal Stalmaster, Luana Patten, Jeff York
Adventure | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A young white man who spent his whole life raised by Native Americans is sent to live with his birth family and must learn to fit in with people he was taught to hate.

Director: Herschel Daugherty
Stars: Fess Parker, Wendell Corey, Joanne Dru
Action | Adventure | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Young Robin Hood, in love with Maid Marian, enters an archery contest with his father at the King's palace. On the way home his father is murdered by hench men of Prince John. Robin takes ... See full summary »

Director: Ken Annakin
Stars: Richard Todd, Joan Rice, Peter Finch
Family | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Davy Crockett and his sidekick Georgie compete against boastful Mike Fink ("King of the River") in a boat race to New Orleans. Later, Davy and Georgie, allied with Fink, battle a group of ... See full summary »

Director: Norman Foster
Stars: Fess Parker, Buddy Ebsen, Jeff York
Action | Adventure | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

During the Civil War Union spy Andrews and his men volunteer to steal a Confederate train and drive it to Union territory while destroying the Confederate railway system along the way.

Director: Francis D. Lyon
Stars: Fess Parker, Jeffrey Hunter, Jeff York
Western | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

The adventures of a group of pioneers as their wagon train crosses the West.

Director: William Beaudine
Stars: Fess Parker, Kathleen Crowley, Jeff York
Adventure | Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

The wartime adventures of Scotish highland leader Rob Roy MacGregor during the reign of King George I in the 18th century.

Director: Harold French
Stars: Richard Todd, Glynis Johns, James Robertson Justice
Adventure | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A boy attempts to realize his father's dream of climbing an alpine peak known as the Citadel.

Director: Ken Annakin
Stars: Michael Rennie, James MacArthur, Janet Munro
Adventure | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

During the reign of Henry VIII, Mary Tudor seeks to flee a forced marriage with the French king by escaping to America with her true love, but her plans are not so easily executed.

Director: Ken Annakin
Stars: Richard Todd, Glynis Johns, James Robertson Justice
Adventure | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

The treasure seeking adventures of young Jim Hawkins and pirate captain Long John Silver.

Director: Byron Haskin
Stars: Bobby Driscoll, Robert Newton, Basil Sydney
Family | Western | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Legends (and myths) from the life of famed American frontiersman Davey Crockett are depicted in this feature film edited from television episodes. Crockett and his friend George Russell ... See full summary »

Director: Norman Foster
Stars: Fess Parker, Buddy Ebsen, Basil Ruysdael
Old Yeller (1957)
Family | Drama | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A teenage boy grows to love a stray yellow dog while helping his mother and younger brother run their Texas homestead while their father is away on a cattle drive. First thought to be good-for-nothing mutt, Old Yeller is soon beloved by all.

Director: Robert Stevenson
Stars: Dorothy McGuire, Fess Parker, Tommy Kirk
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
...
White Bull
...
Capt. Miles Keogh
...
Lt. Henry Nowlan
...
Yellow Bull
...
Prairie Flower
Britt Lomond ...
Gen. George Armstrong Custer
...
Strong Bear
...
Capt. Benteen
...
Gen. Alfred Howe Terry
...
Chief Sitting Bull
Gregg Martell ...
Cpl. Korn
...
Ace
...
Lt. Crittenden (as Robert Buzz Henry)
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

The Untold Story behind the West's Strangest Legend!


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

25 December 1958 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Horse Named Comanche  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »

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 »


Soundtracks

Tonka
Music by George Bruns
Lyrics by Hazel George (as Gil George)
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A Colorful family movie.
21 March 2000 | by See all my reviews

A real wholesome movie, especially from the perspective of the American-Indian. If not mistaken, back when this was released it was meant to be a Sal Mineo vehicle. Mineo plays White Bull, a young boy coming to grips with becoming a man. Others of note in this scenic drama are Joy Page, Rafael Campos, Slim Pickens and John War Eagle. Doubtful you would watch this more than once.


4 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?
Review this title | See all 12 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Best of 2017: Our Favorite Movie and TV Stills

Take a look at our favorite movie and TV stills from the past year. Spot any of your faves?

Browse the Best of 2017