The eldest daughter of a pioneer family is kidnapped by a mysterious Indian tribe and the eldest son pursues. In order to win back his sister's freedom, he must sacrifice his own life by ... See full summary »
The eldest daughter of a pioneer family is kidnapped by a mysterious Indian tribe and the eldest son pursues. In order to win back his sister's freedom, he must sacrifice his own life by passing the test of "Crooked Sky" and shield his sister from an executioner's arrow. Along the way, he recruits a broken down, drunk prospector to help him track down the unknown tribe and rescue his sister. Written by
Simple and plain Western with breathtaking outdoors filmed in naturals parks
When his sister is kidnapped, a young boy (Petersen) set out in pursuit Indians, leaving his parents(Clint Ritchie, Fannon). He join forces with an alcoholic gold prospector(Richard Boone) who save him of drowning and help him to rescue the young girl. They are driven by an elderly Indian(Henry Wilconson) toward a location where lives a strange tribe. He must risk his own life by passing the proof of crooked sky and avoid his sister to be killed from an arrow archer.
The film is a crossover from the ¨Searchers¨(John Ford), also with a pair looking for abducted daughter, and ¨MacKenna's gold¨(J.L.Thompson) with fantastic inspiration in the rare Indians and the spectacular outdoors. Richard Boone as drunk trapper is magnificent, he's usual in Western genre and John Wayne films(The Alamo,Big Jake,Shootist).The veteran Henry Wilconson(Last of Mohicans,Crusades,Cleopatra) also is excellent. The film gets sensational landscapes shot in Colorado River and Arches National Park, Moab, Utah .The motion picture is well directed by Earl Bellamy. He's a good professional who served in the US Navy's photographic unit in the WWII and directed more than 1600 episodes of television and catastrophe films such as, Fire! and Flood! and Walking tall II. Rating : acceptable and entertaining.
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