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Johnny Firecloud (1975)

Young American Indian gets out of the army and returns home to find his tribe victimized by a white rancher.

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(original story and screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Victor Mohica ...
Johnny Firecloud
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Colby
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Jesse
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White Eagle
Christina Hart ...
June
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Nenya
Jason Ledger ...
J.B.
John F. Goff ...
Newt
Richard Kennedy ...
Ned
...
Wade
Wayne Storm ...
Gus
Elliott Lindsey ...
Gordy
Sterling Franck ...
Preacher
Seamon Glass ...
Grissom
Barry Cooper ...
Hatcher
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Young American Indian gets out of the army and returns home to find his tribe victimized by a white rancher.

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Redskins no longer bite the dust... they just eat dirt. See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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R | See all certifications »
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August 1975 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Revenge of Johnny Firecloud  »

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$200,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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Final American studio film of Ralph Meeker. See more »

Quotes

Johnny Firecloud: You have the balls of a Mouse!
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Referenced in Mau Mau Sex Sex (2001) See more »

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Actually rather effective revenge flick from exploitation legend David Friedman
26 September 2007 | by (Worcester, MA) – See all my reviews

I love just about anything David Friedman has produced, particularly "Space-Thing" and the H.G. Lewis gore flicks. However, I was surprised by "Johnny Firecloud", because this is the first Friedman flick I've seen thats legitimately well-made, opposed to just being extremely entertaining trash. And despite it being very much an exploitation flick, it tackles bigotry more effectively than most recent Hollywood pictures. This is because the politically correctness of the 70s was far different than it is today, and thank God. The film shows bigotry at its absolute worse and avoids pulling easy punches. Despite the serious subtext, it still offers plenty of graphic thrills, but oddly enough the final revenge seems rather disappointing because of how mature the story had been up to this point.

As with many low-budget films of the era, the actual technical quality varies. The acting is, for the most part, rather one note, with the exception of David Canary as the repressed homosexual sheriff. Its a strong portrayal in an era when gays in cinema were mostly shown as effeminate sissies (we haven't advanced too much since than either). As the title character, Victor Mohica is pretty wooden as is Ralph Meeker surprisingly. The notorious Sacheen Littlefeather is in here also, probably to capitalize on her recent Oscar appearance fame. The direction by William Allen Castleman is serviceable if nothing special. Still, despite any flaws due to low production values, the film ultimately works. (7/10)


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