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Chief Crazy Horse (1955)

Approved | | Biography, Western | April 1955 (USA)
This biography of the famous Lakota Sioux war chief is told entirely from the Indian viewpoint.

Director:

George Sherman

Writers:

Franklin Coen (screenplay), Gerald Drayson Adams (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Victor Mature ... Crazy Horse
Suzan Ball ... Black Shawl
John Lund ... Maj. Twist
Ray Danton ... Little Big Man
Keith Larsen ... Flying Hawk
Paul Guilfoyle ... Worm
David Janssen ... Lt. Colin Cartwright
Robert Warwick ... Spotted Tail
James Millican ... Gen. Crook
Morris Ankrum ... Red Cloud
Donald Randolph Donald Randolph ... Aaron Cartwright
Robert F. Simon ... Jeff Mantz
James Westerfield ... Caleb Mantz
Stuart Randall ... Old Man Afraid
Pat Hogan ... Dull Knife
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Storyline

When young Crazy Horse, of whom great things were predicted, wins his bride, rival Little Big Man goes to villainous traders with evidence of gold in the sacred Lakota burial ground. Of course, a new gold rush starts despite all treaties, and Crazy Horse becomes military leader of his people. Initial Indian victories lead to the inevitable result. Uniquely, all is told from the Indian perspective. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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He Hurled The Lance That Smashed Custer That Historic Day At Little Big Horn! See more »

Genres:

Biography | Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

April 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Speer der Rache See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,750,000, 31 December 1955
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Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Trivia

Final film of Suzan Ball. See more »

Goofs

In some scenes General Crook has three stars in each shoulder strap, indicating the rank of lieutenant general, when he was only a brigadier general in 1876-1877. Possibly Crook's Sioux nickname of "three stars" - influenced the costume designer. See more »

Quotes

Chief Crazy Horse: How many times must the white man break his word? How short are your memories that you can again accept their promises? Has Olm Man Afraid forgotten the peace talks on the Shell River? Has Sitting Bull forgotten the peace talks at Blue Water? Has Dull Knife forgotten the peace talks at Sand Creek? And Red Cloud, has he forgotten our people who came to this fort before us, who have grown sick and old before their time? No, our nation will not be divided as it was at Shell River, at Blue Water ...
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Featured in Legends of the West (1992) See more »

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Safe, interesting enough, but worthy of repeat viewings?
9 February 2009 | by SpikeopathSee all my reviews

This is the story of Crazy Horse, who from a very young age was expected to go onto great things for his people. Taking in his youth and finally onto his accent as military leader, Chief Crazy Horse tells things from the Indian point of view.

This is a good and reliable Western picture, though sadly not using Indian actors to ram home the fact it's telling things from the Indian side of the vista, it's none the less unharmed by Victor Mature (Crazy Horse) and the rest of the white man cast. It's difficult for myself to personally gauge just what the makers were aiming for, was it honest portrayals? Or did they hope to make a stirring picture about a man proclaimed as a true great American General? Because they really don't achieve either of those things. But as I have said in my heading, this film doesn't waste one's time, it is a very interesting story, and technically it has its treats (filming in the actual Black Hills location a definite bonus for the story), yet ultimately I came away thinking that we could still do with a rousing epic to fully capture this man's biography.

Because ultimately it's a story well worth telling and a story worth telling with grace and elegance. 5/10


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