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A Man Called Horse (1970)

In 1825, an English aristocrat is captured by Native Americans. He lives with them and begins to understand their way of life. Eventually, he is accepted as part of the tribe and aspires to become their leader.

Director:

Elliot Silverstein

Writers:

Jack DeWitt (screenplay) (as Jack De Witt), Dorothy M. Johnson (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Harris ... John Morgan
Judith Anderson ... Buffalo Cow Head (as Dame Judith Anderson)
Jean Gascon Jean Gascon ... Batise
Manu Tupou ... Yellow Hand
Corinna Tsopei ... Running Deer
Dub Taylor ... Joe
James Gammon ... Ed
William Jordan William Jordan ... Bent
Eddie Little Sky ... Black Eagle
Michael Baseleon ... Longfoot
Lina Marín Lina Marín ... Thorn Rose (as Lina Marin)
Tamara Garina ... Elk Woman
Terry Leonard Terry Leonard ... Striking Bear
Iron Eyes Cody ... Medicine Man
Tom Tyon Tom Tyon ... Medicine Man
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Storyline

During the early 1800s, English Lord John Morgan is hunting in the Dakotas but he is captured by a group of Sioux warriors. Morgan's guides are killed but he is spared by Sioux chief Yellow Hand who marvels at Morgan's blond hair.Brought to Yellow Hand's tribal village, Morgan has to endure physical abuse and mockery at the hands of women and children who consider Morgan to be a wild horse.Restrained by a rope around his neck, Morgan is given as a gift to an old squaw, Buffalo Cow Head, to be her slave and help her with daily chores.In the village, Morgan meets Running Deer, the beautiful young sister of chief Yellow Hand.Morgan witnesses the traditional courtship process when Running Deer is asked in marriage by a tribe member who presents Yellow Hand with gifts in return for his sister's hand in marriage.Morgan starts to fall in love with her.Also in the village is half-breed, Batise, whose mother was Sioux and father was French.Batise becomes Morgan's friend and interpreter.Batise ... Written by nufs68

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A man called "Horse" becomes an Indian warrior in the most electrifying ritual ever seen!


Certificate:

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Country:

USA | Mexico

Language:

English | Sioux | French

Release Date:

May 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Mann, den sie Pferd nannten See more »

Filming Locations:

Happy Jack, Arizona, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Based on a 1958 segment of the television series Wagon Train (1957), bearing the same title. It is the same story as this movie, with a few changes, even chief with two sisters, and a slave to Yellow Rope's mother. See more »

Goofs

The yellow hand prints slapped onto Morgan's right shoulder and left buttock during his capture have disappeared by the time he is brought into the Sioux camp. See more »

Quotes

Batise: [translating for Thorn Rose] No hole in moccasin... she tell you she is a virgin.
John Morgan: I have no reason to doubt it.
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Connections

Remake of Wagon Train: A Man Called Horse (1958) See more »

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Among the Sioux
6 July 2001 | by virek213See all my reviews

One of the first films to ever deal with the relationship between white men and Native Americans that wasn't slanted towards the white man, A MAN CALLED HORSE was released during the same year as the excellent Arthur Penn film LITTLE BIG MAN and the ultra-violent SOLDIER BLUE, which also dealt with the white man/Indian conflict. Richard Harris gives a great performance as an Englishman who loses his wagon team to, and is captured by, a group of Sioux Indians in the Dakota territory of the mid-1800s. He soon learns their ways of living, which primitive as they might be to us and to him are very traditional. Though the film is rated 'PG', be forewarned that there are scenes of violence and bloodshed (particularly the Sun Vow sequence) that could have gotten this film an 'R' (or a 'PG-13'), so the film is not exactly for kids. Nevertheless, it is worth seeing.


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