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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 »
User Reviews:
The desperation of an artist, shown by a beautiful film See more (54 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)

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)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The usually puritanical John Ford contemplated filming a nude scene with Carroll Baker bathing in a river, but ultimately it wasn't shot.See more »
Goofs:
Errors in geography: The Cheyenne Indians cross the Canadian River in Indian Territory, which today is known as Oklahoma. The film was shot in Utah, where the magnificent desert bluffs and mountains in the scene exist. Nothing along the Canadian River in Oklahoma even closely resembles this. The Canadian River flows through prairie and is lined by cottonwood and other trees.See more »
Quotes:
[narrating]
Capt. Thomas Archer:And so when the Nation was safe, the Sacred Bundle, symbol of the Chief of Chiefs, was passed on. For no one could carry it who had shed the blood of another Cheyenne.
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Soundtrack:
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37 out of 48 people found the following review useful.
The desperation of an artist, shown by a beautiful film, 24 October 2002
Author: pzanardo (pzanardo@math.unipd.it) from Padova, Italy

I have recently seen again "Cheyenne Autumn", and, perhaps, I finally got it. In my opinion, this film represents the desperation of an artist, the director John Ford. Forget the usual stunning beauty of the cinematography, the accuracy in filming action scenes, the care for poetic details, and all Ford's trade-mark style. We readily see that "Cheyenne Autumn" is completely different from any other western movie, and not only from the remainder of Ford's work.

Compared with other western movies, the main difference and innovation is that here any killed man is a REAL tragedy, that exhaustion, famine, cold, violence are REAL sufferings for the miserable people on the screen (not just for the Cheyennes, even for the whites). And all that is shown us by Ford ruthlessly, uncompromisingly. The fact that the director stands for the Indians is not as much innovative as it seems. All along his career Ford showed respect and sympathy for them. In the finale, just after an apparent happy ending, we have again violence, again a murder, again a distressed mother: we almost feel the same grief of hers. It is somewhat ironic that in the same year the film was made, 1964, the fashion of Italian western movies invaded the world of cinema, with furious, acrobatic gun-fights and hundreds of shot-dead people, like in a sort of funny game.

The movie is split into two parts by a comic interlude, the episode placed in Dodge City, which is actually a farce. I think that Ford wanted to pay a homage and bid his personal farewell to the old silent western-movies of the 1920s, when his career started. The funny situations are deliberately over the top: see the sensational, licentious joke, when Wyatt Earp (Jimmy Stewart) realizes that he actually had met the girl in Wichita... In any case, a somewhat gloomy mood permeates even this comic part. The main characters are all aged, grey-haired and seemingly life-weary. And the episode is introduced by a particularly brutal, cruel murder.

I think that "Cheyenne Autumn" is a beautiful film, with a good story, great visual beauties, and, in particular, an excellent acting by the whole cast. But it is tough for me to face John Ford's desperate vision. After all, what I most like in the movie is to see, once again, Ben Johnson and Harry Carey Jr on horse-back, in their blue uniforms (by the way: why are they uncredited?). They are both aged and bulkier compared with their look in the great Ford's western-epics of their youth. Never mind: they are almost dearer to me for this very reason...

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