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Winterhawk (1975)

In 1845 Montana, a Blackfoot Chief tries to buy a cure for his tribe's small-pox infection but the white settlers are unsympathetic forcing the Indian Chief to resort to desperate measures.

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Guthrie
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Big Rude
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Arkansas
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Gates
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Finley
Seamon Glass ...
Big Smith
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Scoby
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McClusky
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Clayanna / Narrator
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Cotton
Jimmy Clem ...
Little Smith
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Pale Flower
Gilbert Lucero ...
Crow
Ace Powell ...
Red Calf
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Set in the autumn and winter seasons of 1845 Montana, the Blackfoot tribe of Chief Winterhawk are ill. His friend and blood-brother, trapper Guthrie, suggests he ask the Settlers in a nearby settlement for help, but they, learning that Wintehawk's people are infected by smallpox, become afraid and back away quickly. Two fur trappers/smugglers, Gates and Scoby, tell Winterhawk and his Braves to follow them and they will take them to someone that has the cure.The Trappers ambush and murder Winterhawk's Braves as Winterhawk escapes after sensing something is wrong. In retribution, Winterhawk and more of his Braves abducts a young woman, Clayanna, and her brother Cotton, from the settlement. Clayanna's uncle Finley, organizes a posse of several trackers by hiring Guthrie, under protest, to follow Winterhawk and his band of warriors, leaving Guthries woman, Pale Flower alone, to get Clayanna and Cotton back at any cost. However, the two murderous trappers who slaughtered Winterhawk's ... Written by Volker Boehm & Larry B w/ corrections by Bret Culpepper.

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Before the West ever saw the American Cowboy...Winterhawk had become a Blackfoot legend. See more »

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Adventure | Western

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3 May 1976 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

Le faucon blanc  »

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$850,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

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 Walking with Dinosaurs 3D (2013) See more »

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Winterhawk
Music by Lee Holdridge
Lyrics by Earl E. Smith
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low budget, no plot
19 July 2004 | by See all my reviews

From the opening credits when the hero is riding across the plains, i knew this was going to be bad. His horse keeps stumbling. As the camera pulls back, you realize that the horse is running across a plowed field. In the background are the clear cuts with power lines running over the mountains. Worse, under the horse blanket is a saddle.

It goes downhill from there.

Historically, there is little that is true about the story. It is true that smallpox epidemics killed many of them in two different outbreaks (1781 and 1837). When the buffalo disappeared in 1880's it pretty much wiped them out.

They were originally from the Great Lakes region, and traditionally hunted and gathered in the plains and not mountains.

Anyway, this is a film that should be soon forgotten.


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