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Cheyenne Autumn (1964)

Not Rated | | Drama, History, Western | 3 October 1964 (USA)
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When the government agency fails to deliver even the meager supplies due by treaty to the proud Cheyenne tribe in their barren desert reserve, the starving Indians have taken more abuse ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Capt. Thomas Archer
Deborah Wright
Capt. Wessels
Red Shirt
Spanish Woman (as Dolores Del Rio)
Little Wolf
Dull Knife
2nd Lt. Scott
Elizabeth Allen ...
Miss Plantagenet
Jeff Blair
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When the government agency fails to deliver even the meager supplies due by treaty to the proud Cheyenne tribe in their barren desert reserve, the starving Indians have taken more abuse than it's worth and break it too by embarking on a 1,500 miles journey back to their ancestral hunting grounds. US Cavalry Capt. Thomas Archer is charged with their retrieval, but during the hunt grows to respect their noble courage, and decides to help them. Written by KGF Vissers

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1,500 miles of heroism and incredible adventure! See more »


Drama | History | Western


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Release Date:

3 October 1964 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

John Ford's Cheyenne Autumn  »

Box Office


$4,200,000 (estimated)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.20 : 1
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The role of Lt. Scott was originally offered to Jeffrey Hunter, who turned it town in order to star in the TV series Temple Houston (1963). The part was eventually given to Patrick Wayne. Hunter's series only ran for one season before it was cancelled. See more »


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Little Wolf: You spoke the truth for us. This we will not forget - but there will be no more school.
Deborah Wright: Oh, no! Oh, no, please don't do that to the children!
Little Wolf: The white man's words are lies. It is better that our children not learn them.
Deborah Wright: It is not the words... but who speaks them. Has speaking white men's words made you a liar?
Dull Knife: Our words were learned long ago, when some white men still spoke the truth.
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Conveniently adapted story of Northern Cheyenne
25 August 2005 | by (Spain) – See all my reviews

This film shows just a bit of the tragedy of Northern Cheyenne. The film or John Ford did not show that they initially fought together with Sioux led by Sitting Bull war in 1876 and were partially massacred by Custer. Later they fought once again and were defeated at McKenzie compelling them to surrender. Two years later, the prisoners Dull Knife, Wild Hog, and Little Wolf were brought down as prisoners to Fort Reno, from where they escaped and were later killed without mercy. Part of the survivors were killed later when they tried to escape from Fort Robinson, Nebraska, and the others finally confined to a reservation in Montana. Probably Ford wanted to show this story softly giving some feeling of justice to Captain Archer (Richard Widmark), but at the end the film became an approximate story of the reality. Cheyenne, either northern or southern were expelled out from their natural areas, they missed bull hunting and their ancestral traditions. Beside this historical considerations, one must admit that Ford had a very good cast for the film with Widmark, Carroll Baker, always efficient Edward G. Robinson, Karl Malden and others. The only thing difficult to understand was the scene with James Stewart (as Wyatt Earp) together with the veterans Arthur Kennedy and John Carradine, which in my opinion was out of the context.

Some people believe that Westerns are not more of use in Hollywood. I believe that some westerns giving real stories of what happened with the Indians are very much necessary to understand the history of the real American people. Geronimo, Sitting Bull, Dull Knife and others were not criminals, they were only defending the land where they were born and raised. So their lives should be brought fairly to the screen in the coming future.

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