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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. | Add synopsis »
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Silverstein's camera captures beautifully the expansive outdoor of the Sioux way of life and their rituals… See more (43 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)

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The lead role was turned down by many actors, including Robert Redford, before Richard Harris accepted.See more »
Continuity: Before John Morgan is captured in the lake, an Indian runs into the camp wearing Morgan's robe around his middle. When the Indians capture Morgan and drag him from the lake, his robe can be seen on the shoreline.See more »
Batise:Lucky for you, chief like angry. You yell, make strong. Until winter comes!
[evil laugh, walking away]
Batise:Until winter comes!
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35 out of 38 people found the following review useful.
Silverstein's camera captures beautifully the expansive outdoor of the Sioux way of life and their rituals…, 23 November 2007

The year is 1825…

The story begins with a British aristocrat named John Morgan who finds himself captured by Sioux warriors… At first he's mocked and treated like an animal and then he's dragged to their camp where he is given to work for an old squaw (Judith Anderson).

Before too long the 'grand white gentleman' up with another captive Batise (Jean Gascon) whose family was all massacred five years ago by the Indians acts as translator for Morgan… One day after killing two Shoshone Indians from another tribe and scalping one of them, John gains trust and respect from his captives thus paving the way to be soon a warrior, then a loving husband…

The film's centerpiece is the Sun Vow that Morgan must bear to prove his courage to withstand all tests of pain in order to gain the hand of Running Dear (Corinna Tsopei) sister of Chief Yellow Hand (Manu Tupou). As the English nobleman is white, he is considered weak and he'll give up in the moment of truth…

There are also other truly memorable moments in the film: how the Indian virgin prepares herself for marriage—how she takes her sweat bath to be pure; and the tragic events when an Indian mother loses and has no other son or man, how she cuts off her forefinger and when winter comes she dies from the freezing cold…

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