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May 1970 (USA) See more »
A man called "Horse" becomes an Indian warrior in the most electrifying ritual ever seen!
In 1825 an English aristocrat is captured by Indians. He lives with them and begins to understand/accept their lifestyles. Eventually he is accepted as part of the tribe and becomes their leader. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Richard Harris ... John Morgan

Judith Anderson ... Buffalo Cow Head (as Dame Judith Anderson)
Jean Gascon ... Batise

Manu Tupou ... Yellow Hand

Corinna Tsopei ... Running Deer

Dub Taylor ... Joe

James Gammon ... Ed
William Jordan ... Bent

Eddie Little Sky ... Black Eagle
Michael Baseleon ... Longfoot
Lina Marín ... Thorn Rose (as Lina Marin)
Tamara Garina ... Elk Woman
Terry Leonard ... Striking Bear

Iron Eyes Cody ... Medicine Man
Tom Tyon ... Medicine Man
Jackson Tail ... Medicine Man

Manuel Padilla Jr. ... Leaping Buck
Lloyd One Star ... Warrior
James Never Miss a Shot ... Warrior
Frank Rabbit Jr. ... Warrior
Samuel White Horse ... Warrior
Justin Thin Elk ... Warrior
Lawrence Old Cross ... Warrior
Ardene Turning Bear ... Warrior
Aloysius Eagleman ... Warrior
Ross Kills Enemy ... Warrior
Ben Black Bear ... Warrior
Richard Fool Bull ... Warrior
Bruce Pretty Bird ... Warrior
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Phillip Clark ... (uncredited)
Ben Eagleman ... (uncredited)
Lee Schaff Guardino ... Sioux Woman (voice) (uncredited)
Edward Little ... (uncredited)

Sonny Skyhawk ... Member of the Yellow Hand Band (uncredited)
Vince St. Cyr ... Warrior (uncredited)

Directed by
Elliot Silverstein 
Writing credits
Jack DeWitt (screenplay) (as Jack De Witt)

Dorothy M. Johnson (story)

Produced by
Frank Brill .... associate producer
Sandy Howard .... producer
Original Music by
Leonard Rosenman 
Cinematography by
Robert B. Hauser (director of photography) (as Robert Hauser)
Film Editing by
Philip W. Anderson 
Gene Fowler Jr. 
Art Direction by
Philip Barber  (as Phil Barber)
Set Decoration by
Raúl Serrano  (as Raul Serrano)
Costume Design by
Dennis Lynton Clark 
Makeup Department
Richard Cobos .... makeup artist
Frank Griffin .... make-up: Richard Harris
George Lane .... makeup supervisor
Keester Sweeney .... makeup artist
Production Management
Robert M. Beche .... unit production manager
Gilbert Kurland .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Yakima Canutt .... second unit director
Mario Cisneros .... assistant director
Terry Morse Jr. .... assistant director
Lynn Guthrie .... first assistant director: second unit (uncredited)
Ted Swanson .... second second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Bill Dietz .... property master (as William Dietz)
Tom Jung .... poster designer (uncredited)
Jeremy Kay .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Jack A. Finlay .... supervising sound editor (as Jack Finlay)
Peter Maxwell .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Rafael Ruiz Esparza .... sound (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Federico Farfán .... special effects (as Federico Farfan)
Jerome Rosenfeld .... optical production design and titles (as Jerome Rosenfeld of The Helix Group)
Tim Smyth .... special effects
Terry Leonard .... stunt coordinator
Lightning Bear .... stunts (uncredited)
Tap Canutt .... stunts (uncredited)
Tom L. Dittman .... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Roberson .... stunts (uncredited)
Jack Williams .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Rafael Delong .... head grip (as Rafael DeLong)
Don Johnson .... head electrician
Gabriel Torres .... second unit cameraman
Roberto Biciocchi .... still photographer (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Frank Delmar .... costume supervisor
Eddie Marks .... costumer (as Edward Marx)
Jack Martell .... costumer
Theodore R. Parvin .... costumer (as Ted Parvin)
Editorial Department
Robert Briggs .... assistant film editor
Tom Patchett .... assistant film editor (as Thomas M. Patchett)
Music Department
Gene Feldman .... supervising music editor
Morton Stevens .... music supervisor
Paul Beaver .... musician: moog synthesizer (uncredited)
Billy Byers .... music copyist (uncredited)
Robert Craft .... music copyist (uncredited)
Ralph Ferraro .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Jerrold Immel .... music copyist (uncredited)
Milton Kestenbaum .... musician: bass (uncredited)
William Kraft .... musician: percussion (uncredited)
Bernie Kaai Lewis .... music copyist (uncredited)
Virginia Majewski .... musician: viola (uncredited)
Richard Nash .... musician: trombone (uncredited)
Jeff Porcaro .... musician: percussion (uncredited)
Leonard Rosenman .... conductor (uncredited)
Robert Takagi .... music editor (uncredited)
Other crew
Carl Bodmer .... the rituals dramatized have been documented from the letters and paintings of, and other eye witnesses of the period
Charlsie Bryant .... script supervisor
George Catlin .... the rituals dramatized have been documented from the letters and paintings of, and other eye witnesses of the period
Lynn E. D'Amato .... production assistant
Clyde Dollar .... historian and technical edvisor
Julián Benito Navarro .... equine consultant
'Chema' Hernandez .... livestock coordinator (uncredited)

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Rated R for violence and nudity (re-rating) (2003)
114 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:PG | Finland:K-16 | Germany:12 (DVD rating) | Netherlands:14 (1970) | Norway:16 (1970) | Singapore:NC-16 | Sweden:15 | UK:AA (original rating) | UK:15 (video rating: 109m) (1987) (2004) | USA:M (original rating) | USA:R (re-rating) (2003) | West Germany:12 (f)
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The story is based on Cabeza de Vaca's real life. A soldier from Spain that in 1528 suffered all that happens in this movie.See more »
Continuity: When the band of Indians first stops after capturing Morgan, he is seen standing at the horses enter the clearing. In the next scene, he is on the ground, as he had been after falling in the previous scene.See more »
Batise:You want to escape, you brave Anglais? Mean, bad Indian out there! Cut off everything! Zip! Zip! Zip!
[points to his groin, with an evil smile]
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What happened to Elk Woman?
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22 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
I'm not a bloody horse!, 2 October 2008
Author: Spikeopath from United Kingdom

This is the story of Lord John Morgan, an honest earthy person who is captured by the Sioux in 1825. Abused and treated as an animal he comes to adapt to his life in order to survive. Enduring torture and oppression he must earn their respect in order to be accepted as part of their tribe.

The white man as part of a Sioux tribe story was given a major shot in the arm with Kevin Costner's Oscar bagger, Dances With Wolves in 1990. This picture came out some twenty years before Costner's stylish picture but the two films couldn't be further apart in terms of story telling. Here in Elliot Silverstein's picture, the scenery and scope is certainly lush, but the niceties stop there for this is a harsh, at times painful, story with realism dripping from each frame. Silverstein wanted to get as close as he could to the facts of the Sioux way of life, even bringing in a Sioux historian to oversee the production.

The Sioux are painted on both sides of the canvas, on one side we are shown them to be violent, even sadistic, but Silverstein also portrays them as an intelligent race driven on by intense loyalty to their ways and culture. Richard Harris plays our main protagonist and has a clear license to act with immense verve and vigour, it's a memorable turn that lingers long after the credits roll. Hurting the film is a twee romance between Morgan and the Chiefs daughter (Judith Anderson) and Jean Gascon's fluctuating accents start to grate entering the film's last quarter. But really the plus points far outweigh the little irritants in the piece. The editing from Philip W. Anderson & Michael Kahn is like a whirling paean to hallucinations, and some scenes are from the top draw, most notably the Vow To The Sun ritual that literally is painful to watch. A Man Called Horse may well be of its time, but it's certainly a very interesting and highly intelligent film. 7/10

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