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Red Sky at Morning (1971)

GP | | Drama | 12 May 1971 (USA)
An adolescent boy and his mother are sent to live in New Mexico after his father goes off to fight World War II. The move is hard on both mother and son. The boy, one of the few whites in ... See full summary »


James Goldstone
Won 1 Golden Globe. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Thomas ... Joshua Arnold
Catherine Burns ... Marcia Davidson
Desi Arnaz Jr. ... William 'Steenie' Stenopolous
Richard Crenna ... Frank Arnold
Claire Bloom ... Ann Arnold
John Colicos ... Jimbob Buel
Harry Guardino ... Romeo Bonino
Strother Martin ... John Cloyd
Nehemiah Persoff ... Amadeo Montoya
Pepe Serna ... Chango Lopez
Mario Aniov Mario Aniov ... Lindo Velarde
Victoria Racimo ... Viola Lopez
Gregory Sierra ... Chamaco
Lynne Marta ... Venery Ann Cloyd
Christina Hart ... Velva Mae Cloyd


An adolescent boy and his mother are sent to live in New Mexico after his father goes off to fight World War II. The move is hard on both mother and son. The boy, one of the few whites in the area, must deal with making friends, the strange new land, and first love. Meanwhile, his mother becomes increasingly withdrawn. When they learn that his father has been killed, the son must fight with his mother's lover to become the real head of the household. Written by GusF

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Both Richard Thomas & Catherine Burns previously collaborated on the film Last Summer. See more »


The railroad passenger cars are of a more recent vintage ('fifties/'sixties) than what would have been available in 1944/5. Not even sure if the engine is era-appropriate. See more »


Marcia Davidson: [gazing out at the desert from a hill] I love it up here. It's magical. It's like something God would do if He had the time.
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Alternate Versions

In what was a standard practice by Universal Studios, one version was released in theaters, another version was broadcast on television. The differences include: the theatrical version had no voiceover narration and ended with a promo for the Universal Studio tour, the TV version had substantial voiceover narration by the lead character as an adult (similar to "The Waltons") and no tour promo. See more »

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This is a great and grand film.
22 June 2004 | by rfield-2See all my reviews

I viewed this film for the first time in a motel room at White Sands, New Mexico in 1997. I was completely bowled over. This was a stunning piece of photography (yes, filmography) and truly touching in its use of apace, fauna, and New Mexico geography. Richard Thomas and Desi Arnez,jr were wonderful. This is a real "coming of age" film. I wish to high heaven it were on video. I was, obviously, quite moved.

The idea of placing characters from the WWII era in a desert,detached setting seemed uninteresting and silly to me, at first. As the film progressed, however, one realizes that World War is always somewhere in the background, a father who could hold it all together gone. What a trial for the young people of this film and we come to understand them and their anxieties.

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12 May 1971 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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