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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 »
1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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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 ... 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 Tamara Garina ... Elk Woman
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 (Richard Harris) 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 (Manu Tupou), 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 him 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 (Dame Judith Anderson), to be her slave and help her with daily chores. In the village, Morgan meets Running Deer (Corinna Tsopei), 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 (Jean Gascon), whose ... Written by nufs68

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


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and nudity | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Many actors, including Robert Redford, turned down the lead before Richard Harris accepted. See more »

Goofs

After Morgan has shot the bird, he puts his rifle on the ground to clean it. Then leans upon it. In the next shot he holds it in his two hands removed from the ground. In the next shot the rifle is on the ground again. See more »

Quotes

Batise: You want to escape, you brave Anglais? Mean, bad Indian out there! Cut off everything! Zip! Zip! Zip!
[points to his groin, with an evil smile]
Batise: Zip!
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Alternate Versions

Old German VHS version includes many alternate/more violent takes that are not on the US DVD (whereas the version on the DVD is the same as in the US), especially the ending is almost completely recut. On the other hand the US version includes a few lines which are not in the German version. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Cinema Snob: The Legend of the Lone Ranger (2013) See more »

User Reviews

 
Interesting Take on Sioux Life
8 November 2005 | by lorimarlaSee all my reviews

This movie offered a different perspective of the Sioux, and although controversial, it is worth a view. Director Elliot Silverstein doesn't glamorize the Indians and he doesn't make them victims of white injustice. He just tells it like it is, and I have to admire him for it. Many activists protested what they believed to be inaccuracies; nonetheless, the film is the other side of "Dances With Wolves" (really, it's more like "Run of the Arrow"). For an in-depth interview with Silverstein and the making of "A Man Called Horse," read "Making the White Man's Indian: Native Americns and Hollywood Movies." It's a great behind-the-scenes read of this and other popular Western pictures.


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Country:

USA | Mexico

Language:

English | Sioux | French

Release Date:

1 May 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Happy Jack, Arizona, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,941,247

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$44,000,000
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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