6.5/10
441
8 user 6 critic

When the Legends Die (1972)

A young, rebellious Ute Indian joins the rodeo circuit and falls in with a drunken mentor who teaches him the ways of the ring and the world.

Director:

Stuart Millar

Writers:

Hal Borland (novel), Robert Dozier (screenplay)
Reviews
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. See more awards »

Photos

Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Widmark ... Red Dillon
Frederic Forrest ... Tom Black Bull
Luana Anders ... Mary
Vito Scotti ... Meo (Dillon's caretaker)
Herbert Nelson Herbert Nelson ... Dr. Wilson
John War Eagle ... Blue Elk
John Gruber John Gruber ... Clyde 'Tex' Walker
Garry Walberg ... School Superintendant
Jack Mullaney ... Gas Station Attendant
Malcolm Curley Malcolm Curley ... Benny Grayback (school principal)
Roy Engel ... Sam Turner
Rex Holman ... Neil Swenson
Mel Gallagher Mel Gallagher ... Cowboy
Tillman Box Tillman Box ... Young Tom Black Bull
Sondra Pratt Sondra Pratt ... Angie (girl who picks up Tom)
Edit

Storyline

A young, rebellious Ute Indian joins the rodeo circuit and falls in with a drunken mentor who teaches him the ways of the ring and the world.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

You can beat Tom Black Bull. Betray him. Try to tame him. But watch out.

Genres:

Drama | Western

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Based on the book of the same title. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
"Killer" Tom Black Bull: When I was a boy, I lived in the mountains. Blue Elk brought me here from the lodge to tell my people of the old ways. The superintendent said you would listen to me after I learned the new ways. I've learned the new ways. I'm back.
Ute tribal chairman: We only have one rodeo a year.
"Killer" Tom Black Bull: I know that.
Ute tribal chairman: What do you have in mind?
"Killer" Tom Black Bull: I would like to be with the horses.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in My Husband, the Producer (1974) See more »

Soundtracks

The Riderless Wagon
Lyrics by Bo Goldman
Music by Glenn Paxton
Sung by Freddie Hart and Kenni Husky
See more »

User Reviews

The best of the early 70's "rodeo" movies
20 May 1999 | by bwaynefSee all my reviews

Perhaps the best of the "aging rodeo cowboy" movies that mysteriously began to appear in 71-72 (Cliff Robertson's "J.W. Coop," Steve Inhat's "The Honkers" with James Coburn, and Sam Peckinpah's "Junior Bonner" with Steve McQueen). What makes the difference is Richard Widmark who seems more appropriately cast than the stars of the rival rodeo films. Widmark is excellent in perhaps the best of his later period roles.


18 of 19 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 8 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 December 1972 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

The Taming of Tom Black Bull See more »

Filming Locations:

Bayfield, Colorado, USA See more »

Edit

Box Office

Gross USA:

$559,088
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed