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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 »
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Underrated John Ford Western See more (51 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 ... Second Lieut. Scott
Elizabeth Allen ... Miss Plantagenet

John Carradine ... Jeff Blair

Victor Jory ... Tall Tree

Mike Mazurki ... Sr. First Sergeant

George O'Brien ... Major 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 ... the 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 ... Corp. 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:
Spencer Tracy was first cast as the secretary of interior Karl Shultz, but had a heart attack and was replaced by Edward G. Robinson, whose scenes were entirely photographed in studios, including the climatic meeting scene between Shultz and the Cheyenne chiefs, in which the background had to be done with screen process.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: During the cavalry's first encounter with the Indians, the cannons are fired and there is absolutely no recoil.See more »
Quotes:
Spanish Woman:They will not go back. Life there is not life. They will die here.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Reel Injun (2009)See more »
Soundtrack:
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10 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Underrated John Ford Western, 9 August 2010
Author: doug-balch from United States

This was John Ford's last Western and it is generally viewed as a weak film. It has been described as his "apology" to Indians for his allegedly negative portrayal of them in his earlier films. If you read the statement he made to Peter Bogdonavich, he doesn't actually use the word "apology". He says he just wanted to a make movie told more from the Indian point of view.

This makes more sense, because most Ford Westerns, with perhaps the exception of "Stagecoach" and "Rio Grande" dealt relatively fairly with Indian characters. I don't think he had much to apologize for.

This movie is underrated by critics. I'm not sure why. I thought it compared favorably with his better work.

Here are the positives about the movie:

- It may be Ford's most beautiful film. He lingers in Monument Valley far longer than the logic of the script would dictate. He knew this would be that last time he would shoot there. The results are spectacular.

- The film has a stately, almost regal pace with an excellent accompanying soundtrack. This matches the pace of the central plot element – a six month journey by foot.

- It manages to never be dull. This is quite an accomplishment since there is no real hero, no real heavy and very little violent conflict. It's an example of very fine low key storytelling.

- Although this is a strong Indian point of view movie, it never becomes condescending or maudlin. Both sides are presented with respect and complexity.

- I've read much criticism of the Dodge City comic relief interlude. I thought this was fantastic segment. What a pleasure to see old pros like John Carradine, James Stewart and Arthur Kennedy do cameos in Ford's last Western. Ford understood the importance of inserting comic relief into Westerns, which are normally tense dramas in need of counterpoint. This is even more effective in the fundamentally somber "Cheyenne Autumn".

- Almost all strong Indian point of view movies are relentless downers that include no comic relief. For example, "Devil's Doorway", "Broken Arrow", "Dances With Wolves". Ford doesn't compromise on his traditional heavy use of humor in this movie and he also includes a somewhat optimistic ending. The ending may seem unrealistically positive, but it is actually at least partly rooted in historical accuracy, from what I've read. Of course, in the big historical picture there was no happy ending for the Indians. The question is: who wants to watch a movie that is that depressing? Ford strikes a good compromise here.

- Carol Baker is an underrated actress. She has a great screen presence and is very good in this film. Her character was very credible, if maybe a little too good looking. If she's a typical 1880's Quaker chick, I would have had to rethink my religious affiliation.

Now here are some things that kept the movie from being better:

- Widmark looks great, but I wish his character had been a more active player in plot developments. It's not best for the male lead to be too much of an observer. Also, he is way too old to be Carol Baker's romantic interest.

- The Indians are poorly cast with the use of mediocre Hispanic actors. I can't believe those weird bangs are authentic hairdos either. If they are, I would have invoked artistic license to change them.

- The subplot with the split between the Cheyenne leaders and the final confrontation at the end was poorly drawn, poorly acted and pointless.

- There are a few plot holes. The only one that really bothered me was the Cheyenne somehow managing to smuggle 20 rifles into their holding facility in the fort in Nebraska.

- Finally, this isn't really a fault, but I wanted to mention that I'm torn about Karl Malden's character.

On the one hand, it seems very odd to introduce a German officer who's oppressing the Cheyenne because "he's only following orders." Do we have to implicate the Germans in our genocide? Don't they have enough problems of their own on this issue?

On the other hand, I guess the point was to draw a comparison between the Holocaust and the destruction of the American Indian population. This was probably a very aggressive and controversial idea in 1964, for Americans anyway. The Germans I've known over the years never had a problem mentioning it to me. In fact, often they would talk of little else.

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