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Winterhawk (1975)

In 1845 Montana, a Blackfoot Chief tries to buy a cure for his tribe's small-pox infection but the white settlers are unsympathetic forcing the Indian Chief to resort to desperate measures.

Director:

Charles B. Pierce

Writers:

Charles B. Pierce, Earl E. Smith (narration written by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Leif Erickson ... Guthrie
Woody Strode ... Big Rude
Denver Pyle ... Arkansas
L.Q. Jones ... Gates
Elisha Cook Jr. ... Finley
Seamon Glass Seamon Glass ... Big Smith
Dennis Fimple ... Scoby
Arthur Hunnicutt ... McClusky
Dawn Wells ... Clayanna / Narrator
Chuck Pierce Jr. Chuck Pierce Jr. ... Cotton
Jimmy Clem ... Little Smith
Sacheen Littlefeather ... Pale Flower
Gilbert Lucero Gilbert Lucero ... Crow
Ace Powell Ace Powell ... Red Calf
Michael Dante ... Winterhawk
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Storyline

Set in the autumn and winter seasons of 1845 Montana, the Blackfoot tribe of Chief Winterhawk are ill. His friend and blood-brother, trapper Guthrie, suggests he ask the Settlers in a nearby settlement for help, but they, learning that Wintehawk's people are infected by smallpox, become afraid and back away quickly. Two fur trappers/smugglers, Gates and Scoby, tell Winterhawk and his Braves to follow them and they will take them to someone that has the cure.The Trappers ambush and murder Winterhawk's Braves as Winterhawk escapes after sensing something is wrong. In retribution, Winterhawk and more of his Braves abducts a young woman, Clayanna, and her brother Cotton, from the settlement. Clayanna's uncle Finley, organizes a posse of several trackers by hiring Guthrie, under protest, to follow Winterhawk and his band of warriors, leaving Guthries woman, Pale Flower alone, to get Clayanna and Cotton back at any cost. However, the two murderous trappers who slaughtered Winterhawk's ... Written by Volker Boehm & Larry B w/ corrections by Bret Culpepper.

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Taglines:

Before the West ever saw the American Cowboy...Winterhawk had become a Blackfoot legend. See more »

Genres:

Adventure | Western

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 May 1976 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Winterhawk See more »

Filming Locations:

Kalispell, Montana, USA See more »

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Budget:

$850,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

According to the 2010 soundtrack release on the BSX label, previous pan-and-scan VHS releases replaced Lee Holdridge's score with a generic synth score in order to avoid paying royalties to the composer. The standard definition widescreen version streamed on Hulu in the early 2010s and the new high-definition 2016 release on region A Blu-ray both restored the original score. See more »

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Referenced in Walking with Dinosaurs 3D (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Winterhawk
Music by Lee Holdridge
Lyrics by Earl E. Smith
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Made on a shoestring budget and looks like it.
10 August 2001 | by dsboudSee all my reviews

I never finished this picture so this may not be a completely fair evaluation. Seen on AMC it was introduced as a film made in the spirit of Tarentino and others like him where the film maker found his own extras and essentially financed it on a very limited budget. I watched only a half hour and kept dozing off. The actors mostly acted like they had never acted before. No emotion, no realism to what they did or said. And the score! I got so tired of hearing bass voices droning "Winterhawke" in the background that I had to mute it several times. Maybe it picks up further along and gets better. The lead lady was decent in her acting as was her little brother. Who knows, I don't expect to ever go back and find out. 1.5 stars out of 4


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