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Jack DeWitt (screenplay)
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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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1 win & 2 nominations See more »
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Spectacular and Powerful Classic Western See more (44 total) »


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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)

Did You Know?

Based on a 1958 segment of the TV series "Wagon Train" (1957), bearing the same title. It is the same story as this movie, with a few changes, even chief with two sisters, and a slave to Yellow Rope's mother.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:[translating for Thorn Rose] No hole in moccasin... she tell you she is a virgin.
John Morgan:I have no reason to doubt it.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! (1989)See more »


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43 out of 59 people found the following review useful.
Spectacular and Powerful Classic Western, 25 February 2005
Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

In 1825, the Sioux, leaded by Yellow Hand (Manu Tupou), capture the English nobleman John Morgan (Richard Harris), while hunting in the United States of America. John is brutally treated like an animal by the Indian, and is given to help Buffalo Cow Head (Judith Anderson), the mother of Yellow Hand, as if he were a horse. Without understanding the language and behavior of the Sioux, he is helped by Batise (Jean Gascon), a white man made prisoner and mutilated by the Indians five years ago. Batise translates and explains the Sioux's culture for John, plotting to escape some day back to the civilization with him. After an undefined long time later, John loses his snobbish behavior and is reasonably integrated to the Sioux. One day, he kills two enemies Shoshones, who were spying and stalking the Sioux, and gains the respect of the Sioux and love of the sister of Yellow Hand, Running Deer (Corinna Tsopei). John marries Running Deer and integrates to their culture, and after a tragic attack of the Shoshones to the Sioux tribe, he becomes their leader. "A Man Called Horse" is a spectacular and powerful classic western of the 70's. The first time I saw this movie, I was a teenager and left the theater completely astonished with such a different story in that time and the violence of the scenes. Two days ago, I bought the VHS and yesterday I saw it again, and it is still a very impressive film, with magnificent performances of the cast, highlighting Richard Harris and Judith Anderson. The production is very careful, being mostly spoken in Sioux, and depicting in a realistic way, the life, the behavior, the common laws and the moral practices of the Sioux. I believe that "A Man Called Horse", with the Sioux, "Soldier Blue", with the Cheyenne and "Little Big Man", all of them from 1970, were among the first movies to show the lives of prisoners of the North American Indians in their tribes. The amazing scene of John Morgan suspended by his chest in an Indian ceremony is unforgettable and very impressive. My vote is ten.

Title (Brazil): "Um Homem Chamado Cavalo" ("Spectacular Classic Western")

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