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Copper Sky (1957)

Approved | | Western | September 1957 (USA)
A Boston schoolmarm out west meets the sole survivor of a massacre, a drunk in jail.

Writers:

Robert Stabler (story), Eric Norden (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jeff Morrow ... Haxon 'Hack' Williams
Coleen Gray ... Nora Hayes
Strother Martin ... Pokey
Paul Brinegar ... Charlie Martin
John Pickard ... Trooper Hadley
Patrick O'Moore ... Colonel Thurston (as Pat O'Moore)
Jack Lomas Jack Lomas ... Lawson
William Hamel William Hamel ... Trumble (as Bill Hamel)
Dorothy Schuyler Dorothy Schuyler ... Townswoman
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Storyline

Alcoholic former cavalryman Hack Williams is arrested for killing an Indian, something he did not do. The townspeople, fearful of Apache reprisals, plan to hang Williams in hopes of heading off an attack. But the attack comes and Hack, locked in his jail cell, is the only survivor as a massacre occurs. Into the scene of carnage arrives schoolteacher Nora Haynes. Together she and Williams must find a way to reach safety before another Indian attack. But the pair are by no means well-matched, and their trip alone across the desert is not destined to be an easy one. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Two against a thousand blood-crazed Apache savages ... trapped under a flaming sky of HATE !

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

September 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Far West See more »

Filming Locations:

Kanab Canyon, Kanab, Utah, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

If this story line sounds familiar, it's because this was a B-version rewrite of the classic The African Queen (1951) starring Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn, albeit in a different setting. See more »

Quotes

Nora Haynes: Mr. Williams, I know nothing of what you've been talking about, nor does it matter at this time. The important thing is that you and I have found ourselves in the midst of a disaster. Something has to be done. What? What are we going to do?
Haxon 'Hack' Williams: We, lady?
Nora Haynes: We, Mr. Williams. Most certainly something has to be done.
Haxon 'Hack' Williams: Yeah.
Nora Haynes: What?
Haxon 'Hack' Williams: What.
Nora Haynes: Your intentions?
Haxon 'Hack' Williams: A quick departure, lady.
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Referenced in Chappaqua (1966) See more »

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Copper Sky
Written by Raoul Kraushaar, Joseph Hooven (as Joe Hooven) and Marilyn Hooven
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Unusual low-budget western with erotic sensibilities
30 September 2000 | by miller-4See all my reviews

From the beginning of the film, when Jeff Morrow arrives in a town where everyone is dead until the end, Copper Sky piques the interest more than a low-budget Western normally does.

There is an erotic tension between Coleen Gray's character and Jeff Morrow's which also is unusual in a film like this. At first Gray is prim and proper and later on becomes attracted to Morrow.

The killing of an Indian in the film is very different also. In most films, killing of Native Americans is treated very casually. Here, the murder is depicted realistically as Gray's character goes from initial empathy with the Indian to revulsion at the killing to understanding that it had to be done.

Unusual in all respects, the film is worth watching.


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