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Shadow of the Hawk (1976)

The Westernized grandson of a shaman returns to the wilderness to learn more about his Native American heritage. When he encounters powerful evil spirits, he enlists the aid of his lover and a local chief to stop the spirits.

Directors:

George McCowan, Daryl Duke (uncredited)

Writers:

Peter Jensen (story), Lynette Cahill (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jan-Michael Vincent ... Mike
Marilyn Hassett ... Maureen
Chief Dan George ... Old Man Hawk
Pia Shandel Pia Shandel ... Faye
Marianne Jones Marianne Jones ... Dsonoqua
Jacques Hubert Jacques Hubert ... Andak
Cindi Griffith Cindi Griffith ... Secretary
Anna Hagan ... Desk Nurse
Murray Lowry ... Intern
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Storyline

The Westernized grandson of a shaman returns to the wilderness to learn more about his Native American heritage. When he encounters powerful evil spirits, he enlists the aid of his lover and a local chief to stop the spirits.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Pray it never happens to you. See more »

Genres:

Adventure | Horror

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 July 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cauchemar vers l'inconnu See more »

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Budget:

CAD 1,800,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Colour by)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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George McCowan replaced Daryl Duke as director during production. See more »

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Much more than just a horror movie!!!
9 June 2007 | by filmbuff-31See all my reviews

Shadow of the Hawk is a film that can be viewed on many levels. It is at once a parable about the use of power and a young man's conflicted response to his vocation. I am speaking of power as it is defined in various North American Indian traditions. Power in such traditions is neither good nor evil in itself. It is the person using it who is good or evil and uses it to those ends. It is in the portrayal of black vs. white magic that the film has serious flaws, introducing non-Native American elements for dramatic effect. Nevertheless, the essential understanding that power has the potential for personal enlightenment or self-destruction manages to come through. There is also the drama of the vision quest operating here. The vision quest, found in the traditions of many North American Indian tribes, is a experience through which one conquers one's fears in a journey which culminates in a crucial aspect of self-knowledge. All of these elements, aided by the entrancing scenery throughout, combine to make this film well worthwhile viewing.


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