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When the Legends Die (1972)

A young, rebellious Ute Indian joins the rodeo circuit and falls in with a drunken mentor who teaches him the ways of the ring and the world.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Red Dillon
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Tom Black Bull
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Mary
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Meo (Dillon's caretaker)
Herbert Nelson ...
Dr. Wilson
John War Eagle ...
Blue Elk
John Gruber ...
Clyde 'Tex' Walker
Garry Walberg ...
School Superintendant
Jack Mullaney ...
Gas Station Attendant
Malcolm Curley ...
Benny Grayback (school principal)
Roy Engel ...
Sam Turner
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Neil Swenson
Mel Gallagher ...
Cowboy
Tillman Box ...
Young Tom Black Bull
Sondra Pratt ...
Angie (girl who picks up Tom)
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A young, rebellious Ute Indian joins the rodeo circuit and falls in with a drunken mentor who teaches him the ways of the ring and the world.

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You can beat Tom Black Bull. Betray him. Try to tame him. But watch out.

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Western | Drama

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1 December 1972 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Amikor a legendák meghalnak  »

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1.85 : 1
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[last lines]
"Killer" Tom Black Bull: When I was a boy, I lived in the mountains. Blue Elk brought me here from the lodge to tell my people of the old ways. The superintendent said you would listen to me after I learned the new ways. I've learned the new ways. I'm back.
Ute tribal chairman: We only have one rodeo a year.
"Killer" Tom Black Bull: I know that.
Ute tribal chairman: What do you have in mind?
"Killer" Tom Black Bull: I would like to be with the horses.
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Connections

Referenced in My Husband, the Producer (1974) See more »

Soundtracks

Summer Storm,
Lyrics by Bo Goldman
Music by Glenn Paxton
Sung by Freddie Hart and Kenni Husky
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Widmark superb, Forrest never better
8 October 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I sent for a video of a film I fondly remember from more than 30 years ago, but was surprised that Widmark's role as the drunken, exploitative Red was relatively small. Forrest was never better than in his first starring role; presumably, despite his name, he is a Native American, and his riding skills cannot be wholly have been usurped by stunt riders. Anyway, he is excellent, as is the gloriously non-PC Widmark. But there are gaps in the story which I hope to fill by at long last reading the novel. I'm not sure that 'no animals were hurt in the making of this picture' - I was distressed when 'brother bear' was driven into the wilderness, and despite Tom's alleged love of horses his reputation as 'killer seems well deserved - but hey, the women hardly fare better. A film of its time, then, but well worth preserving.


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