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Cheyenne Autumn (1964)

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The Cheyenne, tired of broken U.S. government promises, head for their ancestral lands but a sympathetic cavalry officer is tasked to bring them back to their reservation.

Director:

John Ford

Writers:

Mari Sandoz (suggested by "Cheyenne Autumn"), James R. Webb (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Widmark ... Capt. Thomas Archer
Carroll Baker ... Deborah Wright
Karl Malden ... Capt. Wessels
Sal Mineo ... Red Shirt
Dolores del Rio ... Spanish Woman (as Dolores Del Rio)
Ricardo Montalban ... Little Wolf
Gilbert Roland ... Dull Knife
Arthur Kennedy ... Doc Holliday
James Stewart ... Wyatt Earp
Edward G. Robinson ... Secretary of the Interior Carl Schurz
Patrick Wayne ... 2nd Lt. Scott
Elizabeth Allen ... Guinevere Plantagenet
John Carradine ... Major Jeff Blair
Victor Jory ... Tall Tree
Mike Mazurki ... Senior First Sergeant
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Storyline

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 KGF Vissers

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LAND-GRABBING DOLLAR PATRIOTS! See more »

Genres:

Drama | History | Western

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 November 1965 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Cheyenne See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,200,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Mono (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.20 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

James Stewart and Arthur Kennedy are clearly both far too old to be Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday. See more »

Quotes

Capt. Thomas Archer: Have you ever seen a Cheyenne?
Deborah Wright: 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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Alternate Versions

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 »

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Referenced in Rancho Deluxe (1975) See more »

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Oh, Dem Golden Slippers
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Written by James Allen Bland
Played on the banjo during the saloon
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Spectacular scenery
21 January 2007 | by jef-32See all my reviews

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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