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In this variant of The Searchers (1956), a tough frontier trapper tracks the young Cheyenne warrior who kidnapped his daughter.

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Charles B. Pierce

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Brad White (story), Michael O. Sajbel (story) (as Mike Sajbel) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ben Johnson ... John Colter
Iron Eyes Cody ... Standing Bear
Lana Wood ... Beth Colter
Jack Elam ... Trapper Willis
Paul Fix ... Running Wolf
Alex Cord ... Grayeagle
Jacob Daniels Jacob Daniels ... Scar
Jimmy Clem ... Abe Stroud
Cindy Butler ... Ida Coulter
Charles B. Pierce ... Bugler
Blackie Wetzell Blackie Wetzell ... Medicine Man
Cheyenne Rivera Cheyenne Rivera ... Shoshone Brave
Wayne Wells Wayne Wells ... Shoshone Brave
Bill Lafromboise Bill Lafromboise ... Indian at Fort
Don Wright Don Wright ... Indian at Fort
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Storyline

Set in 1848 Montana Territory, a young Cheyenne warrior, who goes by the name Grayeagle, kidnaps the daughter of a grizzled frontier man John Colter who goes on an epic search for his daughter Beth, and is aided by a friendly native, named Standing Bear, as well as Trapper Willis, a fur trapper and trader whom brave the elements of nature as well as hostile native warriors to find Beth and bring her home. At the same time, Beth becomes intrigued by her own captor who has reason for his taking of Beth. Written by Larry B.

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One of the greatest Cheyenne warriors who ever lived See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 December 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Grauadler See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color | Color (Movielab)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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On the 2016 High Definition restoration (available only on Region-A Blu-ray in North America), during the opening monologue, the voice is slightly out of sync with the video compared to previous "unrestored" Standard Definition versions still available on streaming services like Netflix. See more »

Alternate Versions

The UK theatrical version was a heavily shortened version that ran only 60 minutes, including cuts for a 'U' rating, as a B-feature. The Guild video release was uncut, upgraded to a 'PG' rating. See more »

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Grayeagle
24 January 2008 | by MarDendySee all my reviews

I loved this movie and would recommend it as a family picture. I disagree that this is a poor remake of the "Searchers" they are not the same at all. Some of the reviewers obviously never really watched the films. I'm a fan of Ben Johnson, Iron Eyes Cody and Jack Elam. I thought Jimmy Clem was so believable in his part of Abe Stroud, though I thought he did a little too much spitting tobacco. Paul Fix was unreconizable as himself in the part of Running Wolf, I would never have guessed it was him. Charles B. Pierce was very convincing as the demented bugler. Lana Wood was very pretty and I think tried to do a good job but she really wasn't a very good actress, at least in this part. Alex Cord was just right in his portrayal of Grayeagle. He really had to carry the scenes he did with Lana. Grayeagle says little because that was the right way to portray a warrior of the day who knew some English but saved it for when he had something to say. Small talk would have been ridiculous for Grayeagle. He used facial expressions and body language very well. Alex Cord was so graceful mounting and dismounting the Appaloosa and rode well centered, it was a pleasure to watch him ride. I always thought Ben Johnson was the best rider I had seen in movies but Alex Cord is excellent. They did a good job picking the horse for Greyeagle to ride, that appaloosa was just the type that would have been ridden in the 1800's not the quarter horse type appaloosa seen in so many movies. Greyeagle's horse looked and moved like the kind of horse a high warrior might ride. Looked like fun to ride if you didn't have to re-shoot too many scenes. I liked the attention to detail of the costumes and blanket for the Appaloosa with the buffalo pictures, meaning kills? I had lots of questions about the meaning of costume items worn by the Cheyenne and customs portrayed in the film. I wish the director could have had Standing Bear tell Beth the meaning of things that went on in the Cheyenne camp so the viewer wouldn't be left with questions about what they were watching. There were a few glaring oops in the film such as the same quilt seen in the Coulter cabin as in Abe Strouds cabin, also the fabrics and colors were all wrong for the period. Shoes on the Indian ponies, though that could be overlooked due to horses used to being shod could come up lame in the filming. I also had the feeling that the Coulter cabin and Abe Strouds cabin were one in the same just changed a little inside. The appearing and disappearing stripes on the legs of the appaloosa, kind of noticeable I think. The music was wonderful and the scenery was beautiful. One of my favorite scenes was Ben Johnson, Jack Elan and Iron Eyes Cody racing across the land shouting to each other and running full out. I think they really had a good time with that scene. Big Oops, Ida Coulter? Trapper Coulters wife was referred to as Maria by the Cheyenne who visited her. The name Ida Coulter was never mentioned. I hope this movie is available to purchase again , I think it's a classic.


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