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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)
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. See more awards »

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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)
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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.

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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Drama | Western

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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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 »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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.
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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
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Widmark Can Play Any Role
3 February 2005 | by whpratt1See all my reviews

Over the years I have always enjoyed the great acting of Richard Widmark and remember his crazy laugh while he pushed a lady in a wheel chair down a flight of stairs in a 1940's film called,"Kiss of Death",'47, which started his career. In this picture, Richard Widmark,(Red Dillon),"Madigan",'68 plays a rough and tough character from the West who lives and dies for the love of showing off his great skills with horses. Red Dillon becomes great friends with Frederic Forrest,('Killer',Tom Black Bull),"The Two Jakes",'90, who is a Native American and is a great horse lover and wins big prizes in Rodeo's through out the West. If you love this type of film, you can't miss this great Classic film and the great performance of Richard Widmark.


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