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Cheyenne Autumn -- John Ford's last Western masterpiece chronicles the struggle by Cheyenne Indians to migrate homeward across the Great Plains in 1878.
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Mari Sandoz (suggested by "Cheyenne Autumn")
James R. Webb (screenplay)
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Release Date:
3 October 1964 (USA) See more »
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 »
Nominated for Oscar. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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Conveniently adapted story of Northern Cheyenne See more (56 total) »


  (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 ... 2nd 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 Carl Schurz
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Walter Baldwin ... Jeremy Wright (uncredited)
Danny Borzage ... Trooper (uncredited)

Willis Bouchey ... Colonel at Victory Cave (uncredited)
Rudy Bowman ... Townsman (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)
Mathew McCue ... Townsman (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)
John Roy ... Townsman (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)
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)
John Hudkins .... stunts (uncredited)
Loren Janes .... stunts (uncredited)
Leroy Johnson .... 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 .... Stunt Double Ben Johnson (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)
Doug Mathias .... electrical rigging (uncredited)
George R. Schrader .... grip (uncredited)
Harrold Weinberger .... first assistant camera (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)
Crew verified as complete

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Also Known As:
"John Ford's Cheyenne Autumn" - UK (complete title), USA (complete title)
"Cheyenne" - Japan (English title) (imdb display title)
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154 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) | Mono (35 mm prints)
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Canada:PG (video rating) | Finland:K-11 (n) | France:U | Sweden:11 | UK:U | USA:Not Rated (DVD Rating) | USA:PG (Digital Streaming) | USA:Approved (certificate #20635) | West Germany:12

Did You Know?

According to Joseph McBride's "Searching for John John", John Ford was urged to cast Richard Boone and Anthony Quinn as the Little Wolf and Dull Knife characters, as both had Native American blood. Ricardo Montalban and Gilbert Roland, who were of Mexican descent, were cast instead.See more »
Factual errors: James Stewart and Arthur Kennedy are clearly both far too old to be Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday.See more »
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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29 out of 39 people found the following review useful.
Conveniently adapted story of Northern Cheyenne, 25 August 2005
Author: esteban1747 from Spain

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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