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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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Details

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

In an interview, Michael Dante revealed that director Charles B. Pierce called him up early one morning about a year after this film came out and told him that the horse Dante rode in this film--which Pierce owned and which was a spirited, powerful animal that was half thoroughbred and half Arabian and needed a strong rider to control him--had been ridden by someone who didn't know how to control him; the horse got away from the rider and in the process crashed into a tree, breaking his neck. He had to be euthanized. 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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Love The Scenery
9 January 2010 | by ChuckieInMTSee all my reviews

Love the scenery, cuz it is in our backyard!!! It was also cut down from the three hour epic that Charles Pierce wanted to make, as we have looked for lots of our friends who were extras is various scenes and they did not make it into the final 98 minutes.

The film also had a sizable budget for that period of time, so I think the issue is more related to the parts that landed on the cutting room floor.

Michael Dante was also extremely arrogant and was hard to work around. Dawn Wells was very nice, as was Denver Pyle who loved the Flathead Valley.


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