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Alvin Sargent (screenplay)
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15 February 1969 (Sweden) See more »
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When an army scout retires to a farm in New Mexico he takes pity on a white woman and her "half-breed" son recently rescued from Indians... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Part quintessential western, part groundbreaking western. See more (34 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Gregory Peck ... Sam Varner

Eva Marie Saint ... Sarah Carver

Robert Forster ... Nick Tana
Noland Clay ... Boy
Russell Thorson ... Ned

Frank Silvera ... Major
Lonny Chapman ... Purdue
Lou Frizzell ... Stationmaster (as Lou Frizell)

Henry Beckman ... Sgt. Rudabaugh

Charles Tyner ... Dace

Richard Bull ... Doctor
Sandy Brown Wyeth ... Rachel (as Sandy Wyeth)

Joaquín Martínez ... Julio (as Joaquin Martinez)
Boyd 'Red' Morgan ... Stage Driver Shelby (as Red Morgan)
Nathaniel Narcisco ... Salvaje
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Richard Farnsworth ... (uncredited)

James Olson ... Cavalry Officer (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert Mulligan 
Writing credits
Alvin Sargent (screenplay)

Wendell Mayes (adaptation)

Theodore V. Olsen (novel)

Produced by
Alan J. Pakula .... producer
Original Music by
Fred Karlin 
Cinematography by
Charles Lang (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Aaron Stell 
Casting by
Lynn Stalmaster 
Art Direction by
Roland Anderson 
Jack Poplin 
Set Decoration by
Frank Tuttle 
Makeup Department
Del Armstrong .... makeup supervisor
Naomi Cavin .... hair stylist
Frank Prehoda .... makeup supervisor
Production Management
Harry Caplan .... executive production manager (as Harry A. Caplan)
Jack Kirschner .... post-production supervisor
Russell Saunders .... unit production manager (as Russ Saunders)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Don Kranze .... assistant director
Art Department
Gene Lauritzen .... construction coordinator (uncredited)
Frank Tuttle .... set designer (uncredited)
Sound Department
Jack Solomon .... sound
Denny Arnold .... stunts (uncredited)
Richard Farnsworth .... stunts (uncredited)
Boyd 'Red' Morgan .... stunts (uncredited)
Dean Smith .... stunt double: Robert Forster (uncredited)
Dean Smith .... stunt double: Trooper (uncredited)
Buddy Van Horn .... stunt double: Varner (uncredited)
Jerry Wills .... stunts (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Seth Banks .... costumes: men
Grace Harris .... costumes: women
Dorothy Jeakins .... costumes: Eva Marie Saint
Music Department
John Mick .... music editor
Other crew
Meta Rebner .... script supervisor
Dominic Santarone .... caterer (uncredited)
Ruth Santarone .... caterer (uncredited)
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Also Known As:
"Red Moon" - Japan (English title) (imdb display title)
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109 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Australia:PG | Iceland:16 | Norway:16 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (video) | USA:G | West Germany:12
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Did You Know?

George Stevens was originally slated to direct but bowed out because of script problems. His replacement, Robert Mulligan, had directed Peck to an Oscar in "To Kill a Mockingbird."See more »
Factual errors: A young boy spends almost the entire film walking across the mountains for days, then, when he puts his feet up in one shot the bottoms of his moccasins are neither soiled or worn but look brand new.See more »
Sarah Carver:I didn't have the courage to die. I knew what I had to do to stay alive.See more »
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29 out of 42 people found the following review useful.
Part quintessential western, part groundbreaking western., 16 April 2001
Author: ( from Los Angeles, California

I happened to be searching for this title as I have wanted to collect it for years. It is difficult to find although it has been on cable a number of times.

It is an extraordinary look at life in the west from several important perspectives. I was reading comments and a critic's review of this great film and I would like to make 2 primary comments:

1. If you haven't seen the movie or didn't pay attention, you should not comment on it. You may talk someone out of a memorable entertainment experience. At least get the particulars correct.

2. Nothing could be further from the truth regarding it being a "forgettable" film. On the contrary it is a compelling and "unforgettable film." It's the real thing and very much worth watching!

I rank this film right up there with "The Wild Bunch", "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid", "McCabe and Mrs. Miller", "True Grit", "The Magnificent Seven", "Hombre", "Shane", "Jeremiah Johnson","The Outlaw Josey Wales" and others.

Despite other comments, Robert Forster played the memorable role of "Nick" a "half-breed" scout taught by Sam Varner (Gregory Peck.) It was Nathaniel Narcisse who played the much feared Native American warrior, Salvaje, who tracked Sam and the others in search of his son and only heir.

This film was the quintessential film about scouting and tracking of that era. It was the first and only (serious) western film that was a thriller. The haunting sound track effects, sets, and the stealth and terror created by it's antogonist, Salvaje, was riveting. This "brave" could get in and out of places and kill many, single-handedly, without being heard or seen-like a ghost! He is more stealth and deadly in this film than "Rambo" was in the forest sequence in the movie "First Blood."

The movie is about a retiring army scout, Sam Varner (Gregory Peck) who agrees to transfer a white woman-who had been kidnapped years before by Indians-to someplace other than the reservation. She had a son by a fearsome warrior whom she feared would return to claim that son. On the way Sam (Peck) decided he would offer her and her half-breed son a new start at his ranch where he was headed to in retirement. That is where all of his (Peck's) trouble started. Salvaje wants his son and stops at nothing to find and take him.

This movie has every important element, the scenery and cinematography, full characters you care about, great soundtrack, fantastic acting, and unbelievable drama and terror. And the facts of living in that period are accurate and you live the experience. It is not predictable. It will have you on the edge of your seat!

With the exception of "To Kill a Mockingbird", this may well be Gregory Peck's finest performance. He is in his prime.

The tracking scenes are unforgettable. Whether you are a western buff or not this is a great movie. There will never be another western like this one.

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