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Crazy Horse (1996)

The legendary Native American chieftain refuses to go with his people peacefully to the reservation and starts a rebellion.

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John Irvin
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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Michael Greyeyes ... Crazy Horse
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Victor Aaron Victor Aaron ... Touch the Clouds
Nathaniel Arcand ... Little Hawk
Frankie Avina Frankie Avina ... Grabber
Ned Beatty ... Dr. McGillicuddy
Irene Bedard ... Black Buffalo Woman
Marshall Bell
Terry Big Charles Terry Big Charles ... Young Curly (as Terry Bigcharles)
Craig Branham ... Captain Fetterman
Lorne Cardinal ... Young Man Afraid
Buffalo Child ... (as Buffalo Child C. Koopepequanicit)
John Finn ... General Crook
Sheri Foster
Robert Pike Glymph Robert Pike Glymph ... Mormon Man
James Hatzell James Hatzell ... Reporter
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Storyline

The legendary Native American chieftain refuses to go with his people peacefully to the reservation and starts a rebellion.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 July 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cavallo pazzo See more »

Filming Locations:

Black Hills, South Dakota, USA

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

For a dream sequence, cinematographer Thomas Burstyn came up with the idea of having two cameras - one with color film, the other infrared black & white - shoot the exact same image, and then combining them in post-production. Clairmont Camera designed and built a rig that positioned one camera above the other and used mirrors to correctly align their respective images. This became known as the "Crazy Horse" or "Over/Under" rig, and is still available for rental at Clairmont. See more »

Goofs

Crazy Horse's horse wears iron shoes (visible during the vision quest scene) See more »

Quotes

Conquering Bear: Anyone can kill a man. Anyone can take a scalp. But only the bravest warrior can count coup and fight with no weapon at all.
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Crazy Horse
27 November 2011 | by bingyanhe123See all my reviews

This film is about an Indian hero, a Native American leader and chief. His name is Crazy Horse; he is honored by his people and tribal members as a brave warrior. In his early age, he presented his excellent abilities that he kills a buffalo. When he was 16 years old, he was named by Crazy Horse which was his father's name. Then, he became an Oglala Lakota leader. In this film, he fights with the US Federal government which invades their territories and wants to explore gold from this soil. As a tribal chief, he took up arms against invaders and wins a lot of campaigns. At this time, he received a lot of respects and supports; however, he got jealous from his tribal person------Red Cloud. Red Cloud framed-up Crazy Horse. On the morning of September 5, 1877, Crazy Horse was arrested and killed outside the adjutant's office.

Our textbook also mentioned about the rugged individual and macho hero. I find some similarities between movies and books. They all tell about a hero and some hero characters. For many years, the frontier experience was romanticized in popular movies and television show that featured cowboy heroes fighting Indian villains.(From our book described)This movie, however, focuses on the American Indians, stands on their aspects and shows that what tragedy is bringing to Native Indians. White people invade their land and killed thousands of Native Indians. What's more, they broke many promises. What they mentioned about are their benefits. From this movie, Crazy Horse, a tribal leader, has some rugged individual characters, like brave, self-reliant and intelligent. The macho hero, always feel lonely because they will think about big problems and make a big decision; maybe no one could help him. Crazy Horse always feels lonely too much because he worried about his people. What he could do is avoiding what happened to them and protect them from invasions. Crazy Horse has his faith that they could live alike their ancestors.

I love this movie very much. His spirit is more or less admired by us. What he pursued is freedom. What he always concerned are his people. We can learn a lot of personal qualities from this. In our lives, we also face a lot of difficulties or enemies; we should be brave to solve them instead of escaping. Crazy Horse is very intelligent, he uses of tactics to vanquish white people in many major wars. He could use fully of advantages of terrains to win the whole war. What's more, besides its attractive plot, its music or scenes are all fine. So it is a perfect film.


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