SACRED GROUND tells the fact-based story of a mountain man and his Indian wife who happen upon a partially built cabin and finish it for their own home, not realizing that they occupy a ... See full summary »

Director:

Reviews
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

In 1884, an 11 year old Quaker boy sets out on his own to seek revenge against a gang of outlaws who senselessly murdered his family.

Director: Charles B. Pierce
Stars: Jack Elam, Jeanette Nolan, Andrew Prine
Winterhawk (1975)
Adventure | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

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 »

Director: Charles B. Pierce
Stars: Leif Erickson, Woody Strode, Denver Pyle
Grayeagle (1977)
Adventure | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

In this variant of 1956's THE SEARCHERS, a tough frontier trapper tracks the young Cheyenne warrior who kidnapped his daughter.

Director: Charles B. Pierce
Stars: Ben Johnson, Iron Eyes Cody, Lana Wood
Action | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2/10 X  

Hawken is a rugged drifter and loner who meets and comes to rescue a young Shawnee woman, named Spirit in 1840s Tennessee, whom he leaves after saving her from a rouge group of Shawnee ... See full summary »

Director: Charles B. Pierce
Stars: Peter Fonda, Jack Elam, Serene Hedin
The Norseman (1978)
Adventure | Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.7/10 X  

An 11th-century Viking prince sails to America to find his father, who on a previous voyage had been captured by Indians.

Director: Charles B. Pierce
Stars: Lee Majors, Cornel Wilde, Mel Ferrer
Chuka (1967)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

While Indians besiege a U.S. Army fort in 1876, residents of the fort a gunfighter, a stagecoach driver, two Mexican women, and a motley company of soldiers try to come to terms with their pasts.

Director: Gordon Douglas
Stars: Rod Taylor, Ernest Borgnine, John Mills
Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  

A rugged mountain man helps a young Shawnee woman and her husband struggle through the Apalachian wilderness in search for a better life in 1769 Colonial Kentucky.

Director: Charles B. Pierce
Stars: Clayton R. Moore, Kricket Rhodes, Jack Simon
Bootleggers (1974)
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Details the lives of two feuding families of bootleggers, the Pruitts and the Woodalls, in rural 1920s and 1930s Arkansas.

Director: Charles B. Pierce
Stars: Paul Koslo, Dennis Fimple, Slim Pickens
The Evictors (1979)
Crime | Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A young couple just being married rents a house in a village in Louisiana. But they are not welcome because the inhabitants of the village look at them with distrust - in the house they ... See full summary »

Director: Charles B. Pierce
Stars: Vic Morrow, Michael Parks, Jessica Harper
Drama | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

A documentary-style drama about the "Fouke Monster", a Bigfoot-type creature that has been sighted in and around Fouke, Arkansas since the 1950s.

Director: Charles B. Pierce
Stars: Willie E. Smith, John P. Hixon, Vern Stierman
Adventure | Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.3/10 X  

A professor and his students camp out to find a Bigfoot-type creature.

Director: Charles B. Pierce
Stars: Charles B. Pierce, Cindy Butler, Chuck Pierce Jr.
Windwalker (1980)
Adventure | Drama | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

An ancient Indian warrior who has reached the end of his life is brought back from his 'death' to save his family from a raiding party of enemy Indians in this unique story of 'Indians ... See full summary »

Director: Kieth Merrill
Stars: Trevor Howard, Nick Ramus, James Remar
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tim McIntire ...
Matt Colter
...
Tolbert Coleman
...
Lum Witcher
...
Wannetta
...
Prairie Fox (as Elroy Phil Casados)
Serene Hedin ...
Little Doe
Vernon Foster ...
Wounded Leg
Lefty Wild Eagle ...
Medicine Man
Larry Kenoras ...
Brave Beaver
Franklin Fritz ...
Baby Colter
Danny Wilson ...
Lone Brave
Leslie Anderson ...
Ben Mitchell ...
Jerald Jackson Jr. ...
Ronnie Wilson ...
Edit

Storyline

SACRED GROUND tells the fact-based story of a mountain man and his Indian wife who happen upon a partially built cabin and finish it for their own home, not realizing that they occupy a sacred burial ground. A Paiute burial party clashes with the couple and in the ensuing skirmish, the wife is critically wounded while in the middle of childbirth. Bitter over her loss and needing a wetnurse for his baby, he steals one of the Paiute woman who had just lost a baby. In this modern version of Helen of Troy, the battle is on, as he takes on the whole band in a desperate attempt to survive. Written by Dale Roloff

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | Western

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

28 January 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Am heiligen Grund  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Old volcano casts shadow over old story
10 February 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

You don't see much of it until the second half of the film, but in the background shots you'll see one of the Cascade Range's oldest and most beautiful volcanoes, Mt. McLoughlin. The sentinel of southern Oregon, this majestic peak rises above the location of this story which is equally ancient. Wife stealing as a plot device was central to Homer's tale of Helen of Troy in "The Iliad" and King David's chicanery to possess Bathsheba, the wife of his soldier Uriah, in the Old Testament book of 2nd Samuel. A latterday Samuel (Pierce) has updated the story a few millennia later by having his hero steal an Indian's wife for a wetnurse when his own Indian wife dies while giving birth to their child. He feels justified in doing so after she's mortally wounded in a skirmish with the local Paiute tribe who had taken umbrage over the mountain man and woman building a cabin on their burial ground. Using a little Davidian chicanery himself, Pierce's hero persuades another mountain man into helping him steal the woman and then, lacking a thousand Greek ships, he steals a Henry repeating rifle to hold off the angry Paiutes. Although the dialogue and plot development leaves a lot to be desired, Pierce, who also was the Director of Photography for this production, redeems himself as a better DP than screenwriter. The location footage shot in Oregon's Klamath County brings this film to life as it muddles along with the story. It's still a very enjoyable film, with some good performances from Jack Elam and L.Q. Jones, both of whom develop their characters without going too far over the top. And the location footage makes me wish I had travelled further south in my trips to the Beaver State. Dale Roloff


4 of 7 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Baby colter franklinfritz31
Discuss Sacred Ground (1983) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?