Set in the autumn and winter seasons of 1875 Montana, the tribe of Chief Winterhawk are ill. His friend, trapper Guthrie, suggests to ask the white men in a nearby settlement for help, but ... See full summary »

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Set in the autumn and winter seasons of 1875 Montana, the tribe of Chief Winterhawk are ill. His friend, trapper Guthrie, suggests to ask the white men in a nearby settlement for help, but the white people, learning that Wintehawk's people are infected by smallpox, drive him away. Then two fur trappers/smugglers kill Winterhawk's companion. In retribution, Winterhawk abducts a young woman, named Clayanna, and her daughter from the settlement and takes her away. Clayanna's father organizes a posse of several trackers to follow Winterhawk and his band of warriors to get Clayanna back at any cost. However, the two evil trappers who killed Winterhawk's friend are also tagging along one step behind everyone. Written by Volker Boehm & Larry B.

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He was the greatest legend the Blackfoot ever had... and the white man could never forget. See more »

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When Brian Shaw, the owner of the Edmonton Oil Kings moved his junior hockey team to Portland, Oregon, he named the team the "Winter Hawks" after this film. In order to save money, the team bought used jerseys from the Chicago Blackhawks, which is why the Portland Winter Hawks continue to have jerseys that are similar to the NHL Blackhawks. See more »

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Referenced in The Town That Dreaded Sundown (1976) See more »

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Winterhawk
Music by Lee Holdridge
Lyrics by Earl E. Smith
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Unsatisfying western
7 September 2011 | by (Victoria, BC) – See all my reviews

While I do admire independent filmmaker Charles B. Pierce for making a western when the western genre was all but dead in American cinema, and I admire him for making a western where a Native American is the central figure - a rarity in westerns - I couldn't come up with much enthusiasm for the finished results, despite the fact that I love westerns and I can be very forgiving of shortcomings in them. For one thing, the character of Winterhawk, as well as the two white youths that he kidnaps and takes on a long journey, are not constructed well. Winterhawk hardly says a thing, and you frequently wonder what he's thinking or feeling. The two white youths don't get much more to say. Actually, the female white youth does have some dialogue, though most of it is done by her narration (cheaper and easier to dub over footage than to shoot live dialogue). Also, the wilderness doesn't look very spectacular, even during the winter shots. While far from the worst western ever made, I think even western fans will feel cheated by the time the end credits roll.


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