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Director:
Writers:
Mari Sandoz (suggested by "Cheyenne Autumn")
James R. Webb (screenplay)
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Release Date:
3 October 1964 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
LAND-GRABBING DOLLAR PATRIOTS! See more »
Plot:
When the government agency fails to deliver even the meager supplies due by treaty to the proud Cheyenne tribe in their barren desert reserve... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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Unfortunate Western Misfire See more (52 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Richard Widmark ... Capt. Thomas Archer

Carroll Baker ... Deborah Wright

Karl Malden ... Capt. Wessels

Sal Mineo ... Red Shirt

Dolores del Rio ... Spanish Woman (as Dolores Del Rio)

Ricardo Montalban ... Little Wolf

Gilbert Roland ... Dull Knife

Arthur Kennedy ... Doc Holliday

Patrick Wayne ... Lt. Scott
Elizabeth Allen ... Miss Plantagenet

John Carradine ... Jeff Blair

Victor Jory ... Tall Tree

Mike Mazurki ... Senior. First Sergeant

George O'Brien ... Maj. Braden
Sean McClory ... Dr. O'Carberry
Judson Pratt ... Mayor Dog Kelly
Carmen D'Antonio ... Pawnee Woman

Ken Curtis ... Joe

James Stewart ... Wyatt Earp

Edward G. Robinson ... Secretary of the Interior
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Walter Baldwin ... Jeremy Wright (uncredited)
Danny Borzage ... Trooper (uncredited)

Willis Bouchey ... Colonel at Victory Cave (uncredited)
Lee Bradley ... Cheyenne (uncredited)
Joe Brooks ... Bartender (uncredited)

Harry Carey Jr. ... Trooper Smith (uncredited)
Dan Carr ... Trooper (uncredited)
Dave Dunlop ... Cpl. Levy (uncredited)
Jeannie Epper ... Entertainer (uncredited)
Stephanie Epper ... Entertainer (uncredited)
Shug Fisher ... Skinny (uncredited)
James Flavin ... Ft. Robinson Sergeant of the Guard (uncredited)
William Forrest ... Senator (uncredited)
Jerry Gatlin ... Trooper (uncredited)
Donna Hall ... Entertainer (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Dodge City Townsman (uncredited)
Chuck Hayward ... Trooper (uncredited)
William Henry ... Infantry Captain (uncredited)
Harry Hickox ... Bartender (uncredited)
Bryan 'Slim' Hightower ... Trooper (uncredited)
Harry Holcombe ... Senator (uncredited)
Nancy Hsueh ... Little Bird (uncredited)
Michael Jeffers ... Bartender on Platform (uncredited)

Ben Johnson ... Trooper Plumtree (uncredited)
Eddie Juaregui ... Trooper (uncredited)
Syl Lamont ... Infantryman (uncredited)
Steven Manymules ... Point Man (uncredited)
Ted Mapes ... Trooper (uncredited)

Mae Marsh ... Woman (uncredited)
Philo McCullough ... Man (uncredited)
Joe McGuinn ... General (uncredited)
John McKee ... Trooper (uncredited)
David Miller ... Trooper (uncredited)
Louise Montana ... Woman (uncredited)
Montie Montana ... Trooper (uncredited)
Charles Morton ... Bartender (uncredited)
Nanomba 'Moonbeam' Morton ... Running Deer (uncredited)
Many Muleson ... Medicine Man (uncredited)
Zon Murray ... Colonel (uncredited)
James O'Hara ... Trooper (uncredited)

Denver Pyle ... Sen. Henry (uncredited)

John Qualen ... Svenson (uncredited)
Walter Reed ... Lt. Peterson (uncredited)
Chuck Roberson ... Jessie (uncredited)

Bing Russell ... Braden's Telegraph Operator (uncredited)
Charles Seel ... Newspaper Publisher (uncredited)
Dean Smith ... Trooper (uncredited)
Cap Somers ... Soldier on Train (uncredited)
Mary Statler ... Entertainer (uncredited)
Bert Stevens ... Townsman (uncredited)
Harry Strang ... Bartender (uncredited)
Bill Williams ... Trooper (uncredited)
Jack Williams ... Trooper (uncredited)
Carleton Young ... Carl Schurz's Aide (uncredited)
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Directed by
John Ford 
 
Writing credits
Mari Sandoz (suggested by "Cheyenne Autumn")

James R. Webb (screenplay)

Howard Fast  novel "The Last Frontier" (uncredited)

Produced by
Bernard Smith .... producer
John Ford .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Alex North 
 
Cinematography by
William H. Clothier (director of photography) (as William Clothier)
 
Film Editing by
Otho Lovering 
David Hawkins (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Richard Day 
 
Set Decoration by
Darrell Silvera  (as Darryl Silvera)
 
Costume Design by
Frank Beetson Jr. (uncredited)
Ann Peck (uncredited)
 
Makeup Department
Norman Pringle .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Russell Saunders .... assistant director (as Russ Saunders)
Wingate Smith .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Francis E. Stahl .... sound
 
Special Effects by
Ralph Webb .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Eli Bo Jack Blackfeather .... stunts (uncredited)
Steven Burnett .... stunts (uncredited)
Jeannie Epper .... stunts (uncredited)
John Epper .... stunts (uncredited)
Stephanie Epper .... stunts (uncredited)
Jerry Gatlin .... stunts (uncredited)
Donna Hall .... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Hayward .... stunts (uncredited)
Bryan 'Slim' Hightower .... stunts (uncredited)
Loren Janes .... stunts (uncredited)
Eddie Juaregui .... stunts (uncredited)
Cliff Lyons .... stunts (uncredited)
Ted Mapes .... stunts (uncredited)
John McKee .... stunts (uncredited)
Louise Montana .... stunts (uncredited)
Montie Montana .... stunts (uncredited)
Rudy Robbins .... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Roberson .... stunts (uncredited)
Dean Smith .... stunts (uncredited)
Neil Summers .... stunts (uncredited)
Bill Williams .... stunts (uncredited)
Jack Williams .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Gerald Perry Finnerman .... camera operator (uncredited)
George R. Schrader .... grip (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Luster Bayless .... costume assistant (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Alex North .... conductor
Henry Brant .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Gil Grau .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Ray Kellogg .... associate director
David Miller .... Indian technical advisor (as David H. Miller)
Jean-Michel Causse .... press attache: France (re-release: 2003 ) (uncredited)
Bill Cornford .... location manager (uncredited)
Elise Girard .... press attache: France (re-release: 2003 ) (uncredited)
Jean-Michel Rodon .... press attache: France (re-release: 2003 ) (uncredited)
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"John Ford's Cheyenne Autumn" - UK (complete title), USA (complete title)
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Runtime:
154 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) | Mono (35 mm prints)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Canada:PG (video rating) | Finland:K-11 (n) | France:U | Germany:12 (DVD rating) | Sweden:11 | UK:U | UK:U (tv rating) | UK:U (video rating: 124m) (1988) | USA:Approved (certificate #20635) | West Germany:12 (f)

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Trivia:
Years earlier Richard Widmark had the historical subject matter researched at Yale. He brought the material to John Ford, who didn't want to make it. Years later Ford, who had kept the research, changed his mind and asked Widmark to star.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: In various shots, most notably when we first see the cavalry outpost, jet contrails can be seen in the skies.See more »
Quotes:
Capt. Thomas Archer:Mr. Scott! I told you to cover that flank!
2nd Lt. Scott:I'm sorry, sir.
Capt. Thomas Archer:From now on, you don't scratch until I itch! Is that clear?
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Wages of Sin (2003) (V)See more »
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8 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Unfortunate Western Misfire, 12 November 2007
Author: dglink from Alexandria, VA

Unfortunately, given the subject matter and the director, "Cheyenne Autumn" fails to achieve the greatness of its aspirations. Injustice to Native Americans has along tragic history, and the topic deserved a soaring film that brought those crimes to a broad audience. After years of depicting Native Americans as the villains, John Ford was certainly the right director to cast a sympathetic eye on their plight, and the film has many grand sequences that are reminiscent of Ford's finest westerns. The brilliant camera work of William Clothier captures the majesty of Monument Valley and often bathes the mountains and characters in the warm glow of sunsets.

For some reason, Ford felt that Latino actors were appropriate for the roles of Native Americans, and Ricardo Montalban, Gilbert Roland, and Dolores del Rio do achieve a measure of dignity as members of the long-suffering Cheyenne tribe. While Carroll Baker tries hard as a Quaker woman who accompanies the Cheyenne on an arduous trek back to their homeland, her bleached blonde hair, immaculate make-up, and voice undercut her efforts. The work of composer, Alex North, also sounds out of place. Best known for his scores for "Spartacus" and "Cleopatra," North's music here evokes Roman legions rather than the U.S. cavalry.

However, the biggest flaw in the film is a misconceived episode in the middle that features James Stewart, Arthur Kennedy, and John Carradine. As Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday, Stewart and Kennedy perform a comedy routine that jars with the solemnity of the previous scenes. Indeed, the entire Dodge City sequence is a western comedy, and viewers would be justified in thinking that some film reels were mislabeled and an entire sequence from another film had been inserted accidentally. Whatever dignity and concern was established in the film's first hour are destroyed when the action moves from the Cheyenne to Earp and Dodge City.

"Cheyenne Autumn" was likely conceived as a follow-up to the successful "How the West Was Won." John Ford was one of the directors of that Cinerama film; Carroll Baker, Karl Malden, James Stewart, and Richard Widmark are featured in both films; and the ads for the two westerns are strikingly similar. Widmark anchors "Cheyenne Autumn" and provides a narration much as Spencer Tracey did for "How the West Was Won." However, the earlier movie was a rousing adventure with a great score and an uplifting theme of westward expansion. Despite an overture and intermission, "Cheyenne Autumn" is a small, sober tale of racial injustice that has been stretched out and embellished with a jarring music score and a schizophrenic mix of comedy and tragedy that lays waste to some fine epic moments.

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