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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:

He was the greatest legend the Blackfoot ever had... and the white man could never forget. 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:

Le faucon blanc See more »

Filming Locations:

Kalispell, Montana, USA See more »

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Budget:

$850,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Actress Sacheen Littlefeather, who plays the character of Pale Flower in this film, became famous a couple of years prior at the 45th Academy Awards by going onstage when Marlon Brando was announced as the best actor winner for The Godfather (1972), refusing to accept the award or even holding the statuette and making a speech protesting about the treatment given to the native americans by the entertainmet industry. All was done at Marlon Brando's request, who didn't even show at the cerimony. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Survivor Stories with Dawn Wells (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Winterhawk
Music by Lee Holdridge
Lyrics by Earl E. Smith
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Great Movie!
29 January 2004 | by msbelle-1See all my reviews

You are wrong! This is a great movie! I watched it again and again. I loved the scenery. And the music was beautiful. I love Dawn Wells and thought she was great in this part. A wonderful story that gives a sympathetic view of the American Indian.


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