A Man Called Horse (Blu Ray) [Blu-ray] (Sous-titres français)
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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
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 --This text refers to the DVD edition.
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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.Read more ›
Warning: Despite the 'PG' rating, there are scenes of violence and bloodshed that make it questionable viewing for children; these days, it might get a 'PG-13' rating for such content.
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!
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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Very interesting classic that is in need of a proper remake.Published 17 months ago by Blair M. Kejick
Elliot Silverstein got a hit with this film . The script turns around a white man kidnapped by the Sioux , will be the spark for that movie , Richard Harris made one of the finest... Read morePublished on July 5 2004 by Hiram Gòmez Pardo Venezuela
I give this move 4 stars only for it's entertainment value/action/adventure, NOT for any degree of alleged historical accuracy, nor was it a "true depiction" of the Sioux... Read morePublished on May 1 2004