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A Man Called Horse (Blu Ray) [Blu-ray] (Bilingual)

Richard Harris , Judith Anderson , Elliot Silverstein    Blu-ray
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American Indians were a "cool" factor in 1970 cinema, the year A Man Called Horse made its vigorous, feverishly real, and occasionally shocking debut alongside Little Big Man and Soldier Blue. Unlike the latter two films, however, Horse is less an allegory for Vietnam-era America and more of a vision quest for historical identity. In one of his defining roles, Richard Harris plays an English aristocrat captured by Dakota Sioux in 1825. Over time, he adopts their way of life and eventually becomes tribal leader--but not before undergoing savage initiation rituals, the most famous of which involves being suspended by blades inserted beneath Harris's pectoral muscles. Horse looks clunky, quaint, and inadvertently demeaning in some respects today, but the film's Native American milieu is at least defined on its own terms, i.e., whole cloth and apart from familiar Western conventions. The real draw is Harris, whose performance has a soulful integrity. --Tom Keogh

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Synopsis: Richard Harris stars as Lord John Morgan in this carefully documented epic that realistically portrays the life of the American Sioux Indian Tribe in the early 19th century. When Morgan is captured by the Sioux, he is given to the chief's mother (Dame Judith Anderson) as a servant. Gradually, he embraces the tribe's way of life and falls in love with the chief's sister. But before he can be accepted with honor as an equal member of the tribe, he must endure the Sun Vow -- a savage ritual far beyond the realm of anything dreamed of in the civilized world. "...consistently fascinating, action-filled ... a classic." -- The Hollywood Reporter

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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RE: A note to those confused about "white" men becoming Indian chiefs . . . so frustrating it is when some people criticize that which they clearly know nothing of.
The following is from the back cover of a book depicting a true story. The book is called BLUE JACKET by Allan W. Eckert, Landfall Press, Inc., Dayton, Ohio, Copyright 1969 by Allan W. Eckert:
"In the year 1771, a white boy named Marmaduke Van Swearingen was captured by Shawnee Indians in what is now West Virginia but was then the edge of the American frontier. Impressed with his bravery, he was not killed but instead was taken to Ohio where he was adopted into the tribe and given the name Blue Jacket, from the blue shirt he was wearing at the time of his capture. The boy grew to excel as a warrior and leader and became the only white to be made war cheif of the Shawnee."
So famous is this story that every summer in Xenia, Ohio, very near where many of the noteworthy historical exents depicted in this book actually took place, the story of BLUE JACKET is performed live on stage in an ampitheatre in the form of classic outdoor drama.
Good people, don't allow the ignorance of others to mislead you into their conclusions. Indeed, this film is highly entertaining whether it is well-researched or not; and it does stand upon its own merit against the test of time whether or not some people who write negative rewiews of this film have well-researched this film and the validity of its subject matter or not.
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can not get the dvd to work . would like another dvd if we can. I have sent 4 messages and no luck.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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This 1970 film stars Richard Harris as an English Lord in the American West in 1825. He is captured by the Sioux Indians where he is first humiliated, but learns the Indian way of life, participates in a painful ritual, finds love and teaches the Indians a thing or two about war. Ridiculous! First of all, let's look at the cast. In addition to Richard Harris there's Dame Judith Anderson from Australia, cast as Buffalo Cow; Corinna Tsopei, a former Miss Universe from Greece, cast as Running Deer; Manu Tupou, a Polynesian from the Fiji Islands cast as Yellow Hand.
It's true the cast speaks in an Indian language but I wonder if that's just to cover up all their different accents. And even though there is a note at the beginning of the movie that the ritual has been well researched, it is doubtful that any white man ever had this honor, which is played with all its gruesome reality with the intent to shock. I can't believe that a white man would ever become chief either. This was supposed to be a groundbreaking film in 1970 because it depicted life inside the Indian camp, which I assume was based on historical research. But the lead was still played by a white man and the entire story is seen through his eyes. And thr emphasis was placed on the Indians' cruelty. This is unacceptable to my sensibilities even though the film did hold my interest, the cinematography was good and I learned a few details about Indian life. Richard Harris is a good actor and the rest of the cast did the best they could with the material given them. But I cannot recommend this video.
Maybe someday they'll be a good film about Native Americans. This isn't it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Entertaining July 16 2003
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I go to the movies to be entertained, and to school for history lessons. It is true that this movie is not historically accurate or representative of the real Lakota people in any way. But it is fool of action, suspense, and Color. I don't know of any Historical representations on films, that did anything more than entertain, and in some cases such as myself, arouse the desire to learn more about the factual people and situations depicted. I loved this movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Overlook what is wrong and enjoy. Sept. 14 2002
Format:VHS Tape
I loved this movie! My Great Grandmother was
a full blooded Narragansett Indian. I am very sure
she would have forgiven me for liking this movie.
Just enjoy and try not to pick it apart.
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