When the government agency fails to deliver even the meager supplies due by treaty to the proud Cheyenne tribe in their barren desert reserve, the starving Indians have taken more abuse than it's worth and break it too by embarking on a 1,500 miles journey back to their ancestral hunting grounds. US Cavalry Capt. Thomas Archer is charged with their retrieval, but during the hunt grows to respect their noble courage, and decides to help them.Written by
According to both John Ford and James Stewart, Ford added the segment with Stewart in place of an intermission. He didn't want people leaving the auditorium to go the bathroom or concessions counter, even though the film was long, and so he came up with the Wyatt Earp segment. He later quipped to Stewart that the actor was the "best intermission" in the movies. See more »
Capt. Thomas Archer:
Have you ever seen a Cheyenne?
Of course I have.
Capt. Thomas Archer:
No you haven't! All you've ever seen is reservation Indians looking pitiful as fish out of water. But give them a chance and they're the greatest fighters in the world. Will you listen to me? It takes a blue coat to make a white man a soldier... but a Cheyenne is a soldier from the first slap on his butt. War is his life. He's fierce, he's smart... and he's meaner than sin!
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Many television prints run 145 minutes, and omit the scene with James Stewart as Wyatt Earp. The video release is the full 154-minute version. See more »
The scenery is spectacular and the photography does it true justice. You would have to be in Monument Valley to see it any better. The stunning vistas captured by Ford were the hi-light of the film from my perspective. Character development in the movie is minimal so they become less believable as the movie continues. The editing is really awful. Half-way through the movie the screen jumps from a view of the Cheyennes crossing a river to a poker game in which three new characters are introduced to the viewers. The entire poker game sequence could have been omitted. I thought that the movie was much too long, the script and the acting was wooden and the hardship endured by the remaining members of the Cheyenne tribe on their desperate trek to their home was underplayed. This movie glamorized a terrible event in the history of the U.S.A.
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