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Against a Crooked Sky (1975)

 -  Family | Western  -  December 1975 (USA)
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Stewart Petersen ...
Sam Sutter
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Cut Tongue / Narrator
Clint Ritchie ...
John Sutter
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Molly Sutter
Jewel Blanch ...
Charlotte Sutter
Brenda Venus ...
Ashkea
Geoffrey Land ...
Temkai
Gordon Hanson ...
Chief Shumeki
Vince St. Cyr ...
Cheyenne Chief Shokobob
Margaret Willey ...
Old Hag
Norman Walke ...
Milt Adams
George Dale ...
Bob
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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 <Dogstarr@ibm.net>

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A young boy, lost and alone in a desert wilderness, chased by Indians. [video cover]

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Das Rennen gegen die Sonne  »

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Russian: [singing] I killed a b'ar, over thar. I didn't really do it, I was drunk.
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Against a Crooked Sky
Music by Lex de Azevedo (as Lex De Azevedo)
Lyrics by Mack David (as Mac David)
Sung by Jewel Blanch
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Great Performance By Richard Boone
1 September 2009 | by (The Lonesome Prairie) – See all my reviews

Against A Crooked Sky is strange viewing nowadays in that it was made before the pinheads in Hollywood decided to drastically dumb down movies aimed at children, particularly children ages ten to thirteen, reducing them to worthless comedic mind rot filled with flatulence jokes and loud flashy effects. I don't even think todays preteens would have the patience (or half of them, the Intelligence) for a movie that isn't a comedy or a fantasy!

In this, Sam Sutter watches helplessly while his sister is kidnapped by an Indian warrior. With little or no hope of recovery and all attempts to find her called off, he sets off with a drunken Richard Boone (in a fantastic performance) to find her, his only clue being a gold headband.

Although this isn't among the best westerns ever made, it's a truly entertaining outdoor adventure, the best thing about it being the developing relationship between Boone and the stubborn boy as he pushes the cantankerous old man out of his comfort zone and towards the truth about his sister's disappearance.

Against A Crooked Sky shows a strong influence of other films of the time like Little Big Man and A Man Called Horse. Like them it details strange (at least to the white man) rituals and customs, like Cut Tongue's being forced to live like a squaw and the harrowing climax, the test of the crooked sky.


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