A Man Called Horse

A Man Called Horse

Streaming Video - 1970
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In 1825 an English aristocrat is captured by Indians. He lives with them and begins to understand/accept their lifestyles. Eventually he is accepted as part of the tribe and becomes their leader.
Publisher: [United States] : Echelon Studios, 1970
Branch Call Number: E-VIDEO
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (approximately 114 min.)) : sd., col
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lReaderl
Jul 10, 2018

I enjoyed this movie, though I admit it was frustrating not understanding the dialogue of the people (no subtitles), as others have mentioned. However, I think this was a choice the director made to give us insight to how the main character (John Morgan) felt while he was with the Sioux tribe. It was interesting, overall. I was intrigued how he came to accept and love the people of the tribe, whereas in the beginning, all he thought of was his own freedom.

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Bang_On
Jun 23, 2016

This "Aristocrat-Turned-Savage/Romeo & Juliet" story lost itself some really significant points due to its clueless director, Elliot Silverstein, not being able to make up his mind what sort of light he wanted to shine on the "true" nature of the Sioux Indians.... Were they vicious, sexist, scalp-hunters or were they just harmless, nature-loving, tree-huggers?

But, regardless of what sort of message the director wanted to get across to the audience about the Sioux Indians - I think this film banked far too heavily on the graphically depicted "Sun Vow Ritual" and the obvious effect that it would surely have on the unprepared viewer.

Anyway - Far from even coming close to being a spiritual experience, A Man Called Horse also lost even more points for these 2 things -

(1) The laughable appearance of actor, Richard Harris' cheap-looking, blond wig. (Ha! What a hoot, that was!)

(2) This DVD had the option of subtitles - Yet, when the actors who were playing the Sioux characters spoke in "native-tongue", no translation of this dialogue (and there was plenty of talk here) was ever offered to the viewer. (Duh!)

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CharlesPonzi
Feb 03, 2016

If you don't speak Sioux, this isn't for you. Most of the dialogue in in Sioux. No subtitles. Boring.

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