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Theodore V. Olsen (novel)
John Gay (screenplay)
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Release Date:
30 October 1970 (Sweden) See more »
The most savage film in history! See more »
After a cavalry patrol is ambushed by the Cheyenne, the two survivors, a soldier and a woman, must reach the safety of the nearest fort. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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One of the Most Hideous Crimes of North America History See more (67 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Candice Bergen ... Kathy Maribel 'Cresta' Lee

Peter Strauss ... Honus Gent

Donald Pleasence ... Isaac Q. Cumber

John Anderson ... Col. Iverson

Jorge Rivero ... Spotted Wolf

Dana Elcar ... Capt. Battles
Bob Carraway ... Lt. McNair

Martin West ... Lt. Spingarn

James Hampton ... Pvt. Menzies

Mort Mills ... Sgt. O'Hearn
Jorge Russek ... Running Fox
Aurora Clavel ... Indian Woman (as Aurora Clavell)

Ralph Nelson ... Agent Long (as Alf Elson)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marco Antonio Arzate ... Kiowa Warrior (uncredited)
Ron Fletcher ... Lt. Mitchell (uncredited)
Conrad Hool ... Lieutenant (uncredited)

Lance Hool ... Guard (uncredited)

Eddie Little Sky ... Indian Scout (uncredited)

Barbara Turner ... Mrs. Long (uncredited)

Directed by
Ralph Nelson 
Writing credits
Theodore V. Olsen (novel "Arrow in the Sun")

John Gay (screenplay)

Produced by
William S. Gilmore .... associate producer (as William S. Gilmore Jr)
Gabriel Katzka .... producer
Joseph E. Levine .... executive producer
Harold Loeb .... producer
Original Music by
Roy Budd 
Cinematography by
Robert B. Hauser (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Alex Beaton 
Casting by
Leonard Murphy 
Art Direction by
Frank Arrigo 
Set Decoration by
Carlos Grandjean 
Makeup Department
Del Armstrong .... makeup supervisor
Ellis Burman Jr. .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mario Cisneros .... assistant director
Everett Creach .... second unit director
Terry Morse Jr. .... assistant director
Art Department
Ray Mercer Jr. .... property master
Sound Department
John Poyner .... dubbing editor
Barry Thomas .... sound mixer
Brian Hickin .... sound editor (uncredited)
Colin Miller .... sound editor (uncredited)
John Streeter .... foley recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Herman E. Townsley .... special effects (as Herman Townsley)
Everett Creach .... stunt coordinator
Jerry Brutsche .... stunts (uncredited)
Gary Combs .... stunts (uncredited)
Bennie E. Dobbins .... stunts (uncredited)
Terry Leonard .... stunts (uncredited)
Fred Lerner .... stunts (uncredited)
Glenn Randall Jr. .... stunts (uncredited)
Greg Walker .... stunts (uncredited)
Rodd Wolff .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Charles W. Short .... camera operator
Frank Shugrue .... still photographer
Jim Songer .... video supervisor
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Theodore R. Parvin .... costume supervisor (as Ted Parvin)
Music Department
Roy Budd .... conductor
Roy Budd .... music arranger
Other crew
Bob Forrest .... script supervisor
Rhonda Grogan .... production secretary
Don Halswell .... technical advisor
Joseph E. Levine .... presenter
Eddie Little Sky .... technical advisor
Corky Randall .... livestock supervisor
'Chema' Hernandez .... head wrangler (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Rated R for strong violence including a rape, and some nudity (original rating)
Argentina:115 min | UK:114 min (cut version) | USA:112 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:18 | Australia:M (censored) | Australia:NRC (original rating) | Canada:PA (Manitoba) | Canada:R (Ontario) | Finland:K-15 (2005) (uncut) | Finland:K-16 (1989) (cut) | Finland:K-18 (1970) (cut) | France:12 | Iceland:16 | Italy:VM14 | Netherlands:16 | Netherlands:18 (orginal rating) | Norway:16 | Sweden:15 | UK:18 | UK:X (cut) | USA:R (certificate #22615) (original rating) | USA:R (certificate #43074) (1996) | USA:PG (edited for re-rating) (1974) | West Germany:16 (nf)

Did You Know?

Buffy Saint Marie's popular Top Ten hit, the " Soldier Blue " theme song, was not Oscar nominated.See more »
Anachronisms: The voice-over at the end of the film describes the events we have just witnessed as taking place in 1864.However,earlier in the movie Honus tells Cresta that his father was killed at the battle of Little Bighorn which occurred in 1876.See more »
Honus Gent:I'm going to sleep.
Kathy Maribel Lee, 'Cresta':You do that, soldier. And you try to keep your mind off me.
Honus Gent:Ms. Lee, I certainly have at no...
Kathy Maribel Lee, 'Cresta':Oh, I know. If you get too all-fired horny during the night, just go soak your head in the stream over there.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Rewind This! (2013)See more »
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25 out of 38 people found the following review useful.
One of the Most Hideous Crimes of North America History, 11 October 2008
Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

While riding through the Cheyenne territory transporting a safe to Fort Reunion and protecting the white woman Cresta Marybelle Lee (Candice Bergen), who had lived in a Cheyenne village for two years and sympathize with them, the twenty-two men of the cavalry are attacked by the Indians. Only Cresta and the naive, idealistic and clumsy private Honus Gent (Peter Strauss) survive, and together they walk to Fort Reunion, where Cresta is supposed to meet her fiancé Lieutenant McNair (Bob Carraway). Along their journey, Honus protects Cresta against Kiowa Indians, destroys the shipment of a trader of weapons and falls in love for Cresta, but he does not believe in Cresta words that the Cheyenne village is peaceful. When the cavalry attacks, he witnesses the hideous massacre of five hundred peaceful Cheyenne, more than half composed of women and children, and realizes that Cresta was telling the truth.

In 1970, I was in my first year of high-school, and my classmates and I went at least three times to the movie theater to see this fictional story based on one of the most hideous crimes of North America history, the Sand Creek Massacre on 24 November 1864, in this awesome and controversial motion picture. This movie rewrote the Western genre, in a period of Vietnam War, "peace and love" and "Billy Jack", and for the first time the Indians were disclosed as human beings and owners of a land invaded by the "white men". Further, the director Ralph Nelson does not spare the savage action of the cavalry, depicting the rapes, scalps, decapitations, mutilations and shots with gore in very graphic and impressive images. In that occasion, I felt in love for gorgeous Candice Bergen and her natural beauty in the best role of her brilliant career. At least in Brazil, this movie has never been released on DVD; I own a very rare VHS in my collection, released by Globo Video distributor. Unfortunately the edition is cut (it seems that somebody has censored the movie), reducing the impact of the violent scenes, and has terrible mistakes in the subtitles written by Maria Tereza Nocera, who translate for example "private" by "sargento" (sergeant in Portuguese) among other "atrocities" like the Brazilian title. My vote is ten.

Title (Brazil): "Quando é Preciso Ser Homem" ("When It Is Necessary to be Man")

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