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Indian Paint (1965)

G | | Western | 8 April 1965 (USA)
Nishko is a chief's son in the Great Plains, before Europeans arrive. During his rite of passage, he's determined to tame a painted pony. He approaches manhood while his peaceful clan is ... See full summary »

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Nishko
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Chief Hevatanu
Pat Hogan ...
Sutamakis
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Nopawallo (as George Lewis)
Joan Hallmark ...
Amatula
Cinda Siler ...
Petala
Bill Blackwell ...
Sutako (as William Blackwell)
Al Doney ...
Latoso (as Albert Doney)
Marshall Jones ...
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Suzanne Goodman ...
Widow of Latoso
Warren L. Dodge ...
Second Comanche
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Nishko is a chief's son in the Great Plains, before Europeans arrive. During his rite of passage, he's determined to tame a painted pony. He approaches manhood while his peaceful clan is set upon by a nearby tribe willing to break a treaty. He must also contend with the kidnapping of three young women from his village, his pony's illness behind enemy lines, his mother's coma after a rattlesnake bite, the medicine man's urging that he sacrifice what he loves best, the attack of a cougar and of wolves, and his own injury while alone in the woods. His kindness, bravery, and quick thinking serve him well, but rescue come from an unexpected source. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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The horses are all ridden bareback and with just leather thongs through the mouth, which is much more authentic than in other western movies, that show the horses with bits in the mouths and saddles hidden under furs and skins. See more »

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Painted Pony
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Music by Marlin Skiles
Lyrics by Norman Foster
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"Indian Paint" is a family-oriented movie about the trials and tribulations of a native-American boy's "coming of age".
16 August 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I watched several reruns of this as a 6th grader in 1975 on local programming in St. Louis, so I'll write my review from a 9 year-old's perspective.

"Indian Paint" is a family-oriented movie about the trials and tribulations of a native-American boy's "coming of age". The characters maintained my interest and the plot was filled with the twists and turns that make a kid's movie thrilling, however far fetched.

The cinematography, costumes, and stunts are typical of the era and I quite enjoyed it. I didn't consider this film a "western", even though it fits the genre in the sense of "the west"-- it's not your typical protagonist / antagonist with villains-type of western.

The relationship between the main character and his horse is so moving that I thought the movie was called "Painted Pony"-- instead, that's a little tune that actor Johnny Crawford sings and hums in the film. I quite enjoyed that and it stays in my memory to this day.

It's not PC to native-Americans, and it's historically incorrect, as many point out, but it's my belief that films like this generated interest for our native-Americans.

I would recommend this for kids / family, as well as adults who are nostalgic or don't mind the un-pc angle. I would definitely watch it with my pre-adolescent kids if I had any ;-)


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