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Cheyenne Autumn (1964) Poster

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Anachronisms 

About a third of the way through the movie, when the "white" guys charge the Indians, their charge takes them across virgin sand. Except for the track of what is clearly a modern car (tread marks clearly visible) across their path.
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The lanterns held by army guards outside the warehouse where the Indians were being kept after surrendering were "Coleman" lanterns, first produced in 1914.
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In various shots, most notably when we first see the cavalry outpost, jet contrails can be seen in the skies.
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Errors in geography 

The Navajos travel 1500 miles but never seem to leave Monument Valley, except for some snow scenes.
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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.
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There are no mountains in Nebraska. During the Fort Robinson sequence, mountains are visible, whereas Nebraska has no mountains.
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Factual errors 

The language used by the Cheyenne in this movie is not Cheyenne. It is Navajo. Cheyenne is an Algonquian language, whereas Navajo is Athabaskan (Na Dene), and they do not sound even remotely similar. This is explainable, however, by the fact that this film was shot on the Navajo Nation.
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James Stewart and Arthur Kennedy are clearly both far too old to be Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday.
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During the cavalry's first encounter with the Indians, the cannons are fired and there is absolutely no recoil.
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Revealing mistakes 

When Secretary of the Interior Carl Schurz talks with the colonel at the Victory Cave, the soldiers standing in the background are from a totally different scene: the light, colors and proportions are different.
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