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Tonka (1958)

The remarkable and ironical story of a wild colt that changes owners around the time of the Great Sioux War of 1876.

Director:

Lewis R. Foster

Writers:

Lewis R. Foster (screenplay), Lillie Hayward (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Sal Mineo ... White Bull
Philip Carey ... Capt. Miles Keogh
Jerome Courtland ... Lt. Henry Nowlan
H.M. Wynant ... Yellow Bull
Joy Page ... Prairie Flower
Britt Lomond Britt Lomond ... Gen. George Armstrong Custer
Rafael Campos ... Strong Bear
Herbert Rudley ... Capt. Benteen
Sydney Smith ... Gen. Alfred Howe Terry
John War Eagle ... Chief Sitting Bull
Gregg Martell Gregg Martell ... Cpl. Korn
Slim Pickens ... Ace
Robert 'Buzz' Henry ... Lt. Crittenden (as Robert Buzz Henry)
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Storyline

In Dakota territory in the 1870s, White Bull, a young Sioux, proves his manhood by catching and training a wild colt he names Tonka. When a cruel cousin claims the horse as the privilege of rank, White Bull lets Tonka go. The horse ends up in the hands of a captain in the US cavalry about the time that Sitting Bull gathers the tribes to confront the growing US presence, epitomized by the bigoted General Custer. All paths, including those of White Bull and Tonka, lead to the confluence of the Little and Big Horn rivers. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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The Untold Story behind the West's Strangest Legend!


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Official Sites:

Disney's Official Site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Horse Named Comanche See more »

Filming Locations:

Madras, Oregon, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Walt Disney Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Trivia

After the last soldier was killed at the Battle of the Little Bighorn; the Indians didn't just ride away. The Indians stripped and mutilated the dead soldiers; the only exception was Lt. Colonel Myles Keogh (the owner of Comanche). See more »


Soundtracks

Tonka
Music by George Bruns
Lyrics by Hazel George (as Gil George)
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A Colorful family movie.
21 March 2000 | by michaelRokeefeSee all my reviews

A real wholesome movie, especially from the perspective of the American-Indian. If not mistaken, back when this was released it was meant to be a Sal Mineo vehicle. Mineo plays White Bull, a young boy coming to grips with becoming a man. Others of note in this scenic drama are Joy Page, Rafael Campos, Slim Pickens and John War Eagle. Doubtful you would watch this more than once.


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