Kung Fu: Season 1, Episode 15

The Ancient Warrior (3 May 1973)

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Ancient Warrior, an aged Indian accompanied by Caine, seeks burial in his sacred, ancestral land. But the burial site is located dead center in a violent, Indian-hating town called Purgatory. Gary Busey guest stars.

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Ancient Warrior
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Sheriff Aldon Pool
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Mayor Howard Simms
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Lucas Bass
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Judge Emmitt Marcus
Kenneth O'Brien ...
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Master Po (archive footage)
Philip Ahn ...
Master Kan (voice)
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Josh
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Richard Young ...
Verne
Clay Tanner ...
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Ancient Warrior, an aged Indian accompanied by Caine, seeks burial in his sacred, ancestral land. But the burial site is located dead center in a violent, Indian-hating town called Purgatory. Gary Busey guest stars.

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Chief Dan George wore glasses in this episode because he needed to read his cue cards. See more »

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Reversed scene: As the deputy walks out to stop the first fight, all the signs in the town read backwards. His gun is on his left hip. There is also a building with a large antenna visible on the ridge above the town. When he draws his gun, after the cut, it is on his right hip, in his right hand. See more »

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Young Caine: Master, what is the best way to meet the loss of a loved one?
Master Kan: By knowing that when we truly love, it is never lost... It is only after death that the depth of the bond is truly felt, and our loved one becomes more a part of us than was possible in live.
Young Caine: Are we only able to feel this toward those whom we have known and loved a long time?
Master Kan: Sometimes a stranger, known to us for moments, can spark our souls to kinship for eternity.
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The first season concludes with Chief Dan George heading a terrific cast
15 July 2010 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

Caine meets the elderly Ancient Warrior (Chief Dan George), and accompanies him to the town of Purgatory, where he wants to die. Judge Emmitt Marcus (Will Geer) confirms that Ancient Warrior has a legal right to the entire valley, but the corrupt sheriff, Aldon Pool (Victor French, CARTER COUNTRY and HIGHWAY TO HEAVEN), holds all Indians in contempt, especially since a massacre 8 years earlier resulted in the deaths of 14 white townspeople. Also opposing the sheriff is the vengeful Lucas Bass (G.D.Spradlin), a legendary gunfighter whose Comanche son was lynched in Purgatory the year before. Denver Pyle plays the town mayor, and among the younger ruffians who delight in the mocking of Indians are Gary Busey and William Katt (son of Bill Williams and Barbara Hale, credited in his early days as Bill Katt). This was the last episode from the first season, and another dealing with bigotry in the Old West.


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