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Crazy Horse (1996)

The legendary Native American chieftain refuses to go with his people peacefully to the reservation and starts a rebellion.


Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »


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Credited cast:
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Victor Aaron ...
Touch the Clouds
Little Hawk
Frankie Avina ...
Dr. McGillicuddy
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Young Curly (as Terry Bigcharles)
Captain Fetterman
Young Man Afraid
(as Buffalo Child C. Koopepequanicit)
General Crook
Robert Pike Glymph ...
Mormon Man


The legendary Native American chieftain refuses to go with his people peacefully to the reservation and starts a rebellion.

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Release Date:

7 July 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cavallo pazzo  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


For a dream sequence, cinematographer Thomas Burstyn came up with the idea of having two cameras - one with color film, the other infrared black & white - shoot the exact same image, and then combining them in post-production. Clairmont Camera designed and built a rig that positioned one camera above the other and used mirrors to correctly align their respective images. This became known as the "Crazy Horse" or "Over/Under" rig, and is still available for rental at Clairmont. See more »


Crazy Horse's horse wears iron shoes (visible during the vision quest scene) See more »


Conquering Bear: To be a leader among men. That's what it was to be made a shirt wearer among the Lakota. Shirt wearers led the people and protected them at all times. Shirt wearing was the honor that usually went to the sons of chiefs and tribal leaders.
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It could have been much better.
24 October 1998 | by See all my reviews

This made-for-TV film about Crazy Horse has good acting and beautiful visual images. However, key details have been left out of the story in its hurry to wrap up a very complex issue and time in history. (For more detail, I'd highly suggest you read "Crazy Horse: The Strange Man of the Oglalas" by Mari Sandoz). Additionally, though the story fortunately does stay focused on Crazy Horse and his people, the script makes only a half-hearted attempt to tell the tale with a native american voice. For example, very little of the music sounds native American. However, this movie does probably set the record for Most Horses Knocked Over, and If there isn't an Academy Award for that, well gosh darnit there should be!

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