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Chief Crazy Horse (1955)

Approved | | Biography, Western | April 1955 (USA)
This biography of the famous Lakota Sioux war chief is told entirely from the Indian viewpoint.

Director:

George Sherman

Writers:

Franklin Coen (screenplay), Gerald Drayson Adams (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Victor Mature ... Crazy Horse
Suzan Ball ... Black Shawl
John Lund ... Maj. Twist
Ray Danton ... Little Big Man
Keith Larsen ... Flying Hawk
Paul Guilfoyle ... Worm
David Janssen ... Lt. Colin Cartwright
Robert Warwick ... Spotted Tail
James Millican ... Gen. Crook
Morris Ankrum ... Red Cloud
Donald Randolph Donald Randolph ... Aaron Cartwright
Robert F. Simon ... Jeff Mantz
James Westerfield ... Caleb Mantz
Stuart Randall ... Old Man Afraid
Pat Hogan ... Dull Knife
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Storyline

When young Crazy Horse, of whom great things were predicted, wins his bride, rival Little Big Man goes to villainous traders with evidence of gold in the sacred Lakota burial ground. Of course, a new gold rush starts despite all treaties, and Crazy Horse becomes military leader of his people. Initial Indian victories lead to the inevitable result. Uniquely, all is told from the Indian perspective. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Taglines:

GREAT SAGA OF THE FIGHTING SIOUX... (original ad - all caps) See more »

Genres:

Biography | Western

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

April 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Speer der Rache See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,750,000
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Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Trivia

Jeff Chandler was originally intended for the title role. See more »

Goofs

In some scenes General Crook has three stars in each shoulder strap, indicating the rank of lieutenant general, when he was only a brigadier general in 1876-1877. Possibly Crook's Sioux nickname of "three stars" - influenced the costume designer. See more »

Quotes

Chief Crazy Horse: How many times must the white man break his word? How short are your memories that you can again accept their promises? Has Olm Man Afraid forgotten the peace talks on the Shell River? Has Sitting Bull forgotten the peace talks at Blue Water? Has Dull Knife forgotten the peace talks at Sand Creek? And Red Cloud, has he forgotten our people who came to this fort before us, who have grown sick and old before their time? No, our nation will not be divided as it was at Shell River, at Blue Water ...
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Featured in Legends of the West (1992) See more »

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Good movie marred by non-Indian casting
15 March 2000 | by Sleepy-17See all my reviews

Typical for its time, this is a well-intentioned biography of (as it states) "one of America's greatest generals". Real Indians appear in the background, and, like they were in Ford films, they are great scene-stealers. Victor Mature, Ray Danton, and Suzan Ball are quite good. Better-than-average script, but the action scenes are only fair (it was not an expensive movie, and it seems that the violence, especially in Custer's last stand, is underplayed to accentuate War as a necessity and not a pleasure). Good Remingtonesque photography, filmed in the Black Hills.


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