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Run of the Arrow (1957)

Approved | | Western | 5 September 1957 (USA)
When the South loses the war, Confederate veteran O'Meara goes West, joins the Sioux, takes a wife and refuses to be an American but he must choose a side when the Sioux go to war against the U.S. Army.


Samuel Fuller


Samuel Fuller




Cast overview, first billed only:
Rod Steiger ... O'Meara
Sara Montiel ... Yellow Moccasin (as Sarita Montiel)
Brian Keith ... Capt. Clark
Ralph Meeker ... Lt. Driscoll
Jay C. Flippen ... Walking Coyote
Charles Bronson ... Blue Buffalo
Olive Carey ... Mrs. O'Meara
H.M. Wynant ... Crazy Wolf
Neyle Morrow ... Lt. Stockwell
Frank DeKova ... Red Cloud (as Frank De Kova)
Tim McCoy ... Gen. Allen (as Colonel Tim McCoy)
Stuart Randall ... Col. Taylor
Frank Warner Frank Warner ... Banjo Playing Singer
Billy Miller Billy Miller ... Silent Tongue
Chuck Hayward ... Corporal


A Rebel vet, O'Meara has refused to surrender when Lee does at Appomattox. O'Meara travels west and after escaping from, he joins the Sioux and takes a wife. After denouncing himself as an American, he must make a choice when the Army and Sioux go to battle. Written by Buxx Banner <buxx572@aol.com>

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The strange saga of the Johnny Reb who turned Sioux to wage a one-man war against the Yankees !




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One of the first movies to used blood squibs to simulate gunshot wounds See more »


The bulk of the film is in a very arid desert area, not the landscape in Sioux territory. See more »


Pvt. O'Meara, 6th Virginia Volunteers Sharpshooter: Ain't that 'Trebler'? I said ain't that Lee's horse?
6th Virginia Surgeon: Yes.
[as he attends to wounded Lt. Driscoll that O'Meara brought in]
Pvt. O'Meara, 6th Virginia Volunteers Sharpshooter: What's Lee doing here?
6th Virginia Surgeon: He's surrendering to Grant.
[he continues tending to Driscoll's wound]
6th Virginia Surgeon: Lead looks mighty close to the heart.
Pvt. O'Meara, 6th Virginia Volunteers Sharpshooter: That's the first Yankee I missed in four years. Bet you because the bullets warped.
6th Virginia Surgeon: [Annoyed] Well why didn't you cut it out and looked for yourself?
Pvt. O'Meara, 6th Virginia Volunteers Sharpshooter: Because I didn't want to dirty me hands , that's why!
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Crazy Credits

The movie closes with the following statement: "The end of this story can only be written by you." See more »


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When the arrow hits the ground, start running!
15 September 2003 | by tmwestSee all my reviews

When Samuel Fuller convinced R.K.O. to make this film they wanted Gary Cooper for the main role. Fuller stated that he wanted a loser, not a hero. Rod Steiger was chosen but Fuller had quite a hard time with him, because Steiger wanted to do the scenes his way. It was quite a battle of personalities. Steiger is a confederate soldier with an Irish accent, who cannot conform to the fact that he lost the war. A man tells him that many like him have gone to South America, but Steiger decides to stay and joins the Sioux, thinking that because they have a common enemy, they are alike. He marries Sarita Montiel,who did not speak much English, so they had to use Angie Dickinson's voice in all her scenes. The Sioux chief is Charles Bronson. Through the film we see the interesting ceremony of the "run of the arrow" a couple of times. The film end abruptly, even though it shows very well its story and the conflicting feelings of Steiger. It could have been a budget cut, but considering Fuller's constant search for originality, both factors counted.

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5 September 1957 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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