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Director:
Writers:
Ben Maddow (screenplay)
Alan Le May (based on a novel by)
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Release Date:
6 April 1960 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
A NEW TRIUMPH FROM ACADEMY AWARD WINNER JOHN HUSTON (original ad - all caps) See more »
Plot:
The neighbors of a frontier family turn on them when it is suspected that their adopted daughter was stolen from the local Kiawa tribe. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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John Huston takes on racism See more (73 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Burt Lancaster ... Ben Zachary

Audrey Hepburn ... Rachel Zachary

Audie Murphy ... Cash Zachary

John Saxon ... Johnny Portugal

Charles Bickford ... Zeb Rawlins

Lillian Gish ... Mattilda Zachary

Albert Salmi ... Charlie Rawlins

Joseph Wiseman ... Abe Kelsey
June Walker ... Hagar Rawlins
Kipp Hamilton ... Georgia Rawlins
Arnold Merritt ... Jude Rawlins

Doug McClure ... Andy Zachary
Carlos Rivas ... Lost Bird
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Directed by
John Huston 
 
Writing credits
Ben Maddow (screenplay)

Alan Le May (based on a novel by) (as Alan LeMay)

Produced by
Harold Hecht .... presents (as Hecht Hill and Lancaster)
James Hill .... producer
Burt Lancaster .... co-producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Dimitri Tiomkin 
 
Cinematography by
Franz Planer (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Russell Lloyd 
 
Art Direction by
Stephen B. Grimes  (as Stephen Grimes)
 
Costume Design by
Dorothy Jeakins 
 
Makeup Department
Frank La Rue .... makeup artist (as Frank LaRue)
Frank McCoy .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Gilbert Kurland .... executive production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tom Shaw .... assistant director
Emilio Fernández .... second unit director (uncredited)
Carlos Villatoro .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Ramón Rodríguez Granada .... associate art director (as Ramon Rodriguez Granada)
Ross C. Burke .... property master (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Basil Fenton-Smith .... sound recordist
Leslie Hodgson .... sound editor
 
Special Effects by
Dave Koehler .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Jack Conner .... stunts (uncredited)
Bob Herron .... stunts (uncredited)
Bob Terhune .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Inge Morath .... still photographer (uncredited)
James Saper .... camera operator (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia .... orchestra: recorded in Rome Italy with (as The Santa Cecilia Orchestra)
Richard Nash .... musician: trombone (uncredited)
Dimitri Tiomkin .... musical director (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Harold Hecht .... presents (as Hecht Hill and Lancaster)
James Hill .... presents (as Hecht Hill and Lancaster)
Burt Lancaster .... presents (as Hecht Hill and Lancaster)
'Chema' Hernandez .... head wrangler (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
125 min | USA:121 min (Turner library print)
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Finland:K-16 | Netherlands:12 | Netherlands:6 (re-rating) | Norway:16 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (video rating: feature and trailer) (2003) | UK:PG (video rating) (1995) (1996) | USA:Approved (PCA #19245) | West Germany:12 (f)
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According to Murphy's biographer Don Graham, the script called for Lancaster to slap the war hero at one point, and that enraged the war hero to such a degree that witnesses thought that Murphy, who carried a gun, would have killed Lancaster under different circumstances. Director Huston eventually defused the situation.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: In the closeup scenes of Rachel, her false eyelashes are quite obvious.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
[yelling at a cow eating grass growing on the Zachary family's roof]
Rachel Zachary:Shoo now! Shoo! Ain't you got no better manners than to eat at the top of a house?
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Soundtrack:
Turkey in the StrawSee more »

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27 out of 41 people found the following review useful.
John Huston takes on racism, 2 December 2006
Author: from United States

This classic film from one of the greatest directors of the 20th century boasts an incredible cast: Audrey Hepburn, Lillian Gish (silent films), Burt Lancaster, Audie Murphy (war hero), a young Doug McClure, all of whom show classic acting at its finest. Go beneath the dialogue and watch the body movements, facial expressions and withheld, unspoken emotion of these superb actors (esp Gish and Lancaster). Check out the incredible performance of the wraith-like, howling itinerant evangelist (Joseph Wiseman) who seems to know the "secret". The score by Dmitri Tiomkin is terrific, with a minimum of Hollywood-style Native American drumming (and flute playing. Indeed, the music played by the Kiowas during the "break" was fascinating. Although the story is set in 1800s Texas panhandle, the theme is universal and hard-hitting: racism, and a family divided by their differing views. I found the portrayal of the Kiowa culture to be accurate, esp the use of costumes and rituals. Remember, this film was made in 1960, a time when racial intolerance was rarely put on film, and the fair presentation of Native Americans was almost non-existent. Indeed, this is why Huston wanted this project. Remarkably, this film is NOT pro-Indian or pro-settler, rather it's an honest depiction of a clash of cultures. My only disappointment, a minor one, was that the film ended rather abruptly for my taste, almost as if they ran out of film. But then again, I'm not a director! I found interesting background on the making of this film at dvdverdict.com

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