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Title: A Man Called Horse (1970) > 1/3
Post by: Dust Devil on June 11, 2009, 05:08:33 PM

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0066049/


Never seen this one until today. It stars the legendary Richard Harris in the role of John Morgan, an English aristocrat that got tired of his boring aristocratic life and went to North America to be free, where he got captured by the Indians and taken to their village as captive.

Not really a W in classic sense and shy of a palpable plot, but offers a interesting insight in the culture, relations and habits of North American Indians. Of course, a dose of more or less sane flavored distortion of actual facts is implied. It's an American movie.

If you look it expecting action and classic W elements you're in for a letdown, but if you observe the way the Indians and their civilization are represented it gets very interesting. Many aspects of their lives are shown, almost every scene contains something interesting on that matter.


7.2/10


Title: Re: A Man Called Horse (1970) > 1/3
Post by: Dust Devil on June 11, 2009, 05:11:26 PM
It's the first part of a trilogy, as it turns out. Didn't know that but I'll check them out if I get the chance. Richard Harris is in all of them, which implies they're worth at least one look.


Title: Re: A Man Called Horse (1970) > 1/3
Post by: The Firecracker on June 11, 2009, 05:53:17 PM
It's the first part of a trilogy

I was never aware of a third. ???


Title: Re: A Man Called Horse (1970) > 1/3
Post by: Dust Devil on June 11, 2009, 06:13:25 PM
I was never aware of a third. ???

The Return of a Man Called Horse (1976) - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0075132/

Triumphs of a Man Called Horse (1982) - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0084826/





Title: Re: A Man Called Horse (1970) > 1/3
Post by: The Firecracker on June 11, 2009, 06:21:08 PM
The Return of a Man Called Horse (1976) - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0075132/

Was aware of that, just not the third.


Title: Re: A Man Called Horse (1970) > 1/3
Post by: Arizona Colt on June 11, 2009, 09:31:07 PM
The third stars Michael Beck and Harris isn't in it as much if I remember right. Haven't seen it since the mid 80's on HBO. It's the only one not on DVD. Umberto Lenzi used the Sun Ceremony from the first film on a female character in his nasty CANNIBAL FEROX (1981).


Title: Re: A Man Called Horse (1970) > 1/3
Post by: Dust Devil on June 12, 2009, 08:51:33 AM
This third is supposed to be a Spain-USA-Canada co-production.


Title: Re: A Man Called Horse (1970) > 1/3
Post by: moviesceleton on April 27, 2010, 12:05:45 PM
I really liked this movie. Amazing widescreen Technicolor cinematography. It isn't anything more than it appers to be that's enough for me.

Is the sequel any good? I doubt...

8/10


Title: Re: A Man Called Horse (1970) > 1/3
Post by: sargatanas on April 27, 2010, 01:48:46 PM
keep an eye out for  Eddie little sky who played " black eagle " also appeared in duel at diablo ~ 1966


Title: Re: A Man Called Horse (1970) > 1/3
Post by: titoli on November 07, 2010, 04:48:30 PM
Amazing widescreen Technicolor cinematography. It isn't anything more than it appers to be that's enough for me.


It isn't for me. Yeah, the cinematography and the gals are notewsorthy. But the story (which is an elaboration of Dorothy Johnson's short tale which is one of her best and has little in common with the movie) it is full of clichés and melodrama. 5\10


Title: Re: A Man Called Horse (1970) > 1/3
Post by: Dust Devil on November 10, 2010, 09:05:29 AM
I guess you won't be checking out the other two in the series, then? >:D


Title: Re: A Man Called Horse (1970) > 1/3
Post by: titoli on November 10, 2010, 01:45:24 PM
I guess you won't be checking out the other two in the series, then? >:D

You will, I guess?


Title: Re: A Man Called Horse (1970) > 1/3
Post by: Dust Devil on November 11, 2010, 02:04:36 AM
You will, I guess?

Haha, eventually. >:D


Title: Re: A Man Called Horse (1970) > 1/3
Post by: dave jenkins on May 24, 2011, 08:20:48 AM
Blu review: http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film3/blu-ray_reviews54/a_man_called_horse_blu-ray.htm


Title: Re: A Man Called Horse (1970) > 1/3
Post by: Dust Devil on June 01, 2011, 02:33:41 PM
A Man Called Horse (1970) - 6/10. First Blu-ray viewing. Richard Harris (Return of A Man Called Horse) plays an English artistocrat captured by a Sioux tribe. Despised at first and treated as a beast-of-burden, Mr. Horse eventually wins the respect of the tribe, becomes accepted as a warrior, and marries the chief's sister. The anthropological aspects of Sioux culture herein displayed are interesting, and there is a certain amount of fun watcing Harris rise in status, but after the (heh) gripping Sun Vow ritual (the centerpiece of the film) the film devolves into tedium. Sub-plots, like the one involving the chief's wife and another brave, go nowhere. The ending trades pathos for bathos. The disc sports an image that is intermitently beautiful, but at times washed-out (some of the second unit stuff--or is it file footage?--doesn't make the grade. I'm sure the problem is with the original elements).

Hahaha, this is a joke, right?


Title: Re: A Man Called Horse (1970) > 1/3
Post by: dave jenkins on June 03, 2011, 05:05:12 PM
Yeah, I thought my comment needed to be Groggified.


Title: Re: A Man Called Horse (1970) > 1/3
Post by: Dust Devil on June 04, 2011, 03:09:20 AM
 >:D


Title: Re: A Man Called Horse (1970) 1
Post by: Spikeopath on February 08, 2017, 08:01:49 PM
I'm not a bloody horse!

This is the story of Lord John Morgan, an honest earthy person who is captured by the Sioux in 1825. Abused and treated as an animal he comes to adapt to his life in order to survive. Enduring torture and oppression he must earn their respect in order to be accepted as part of their tribe.

The white man as part of a Sioux tribe story was given a major shot in the arm with Kevin Costner's Oscar bagger, Dances With Wolves in 1990. This picture came out some twenty years before Costner's stylish picture but the two films couldn't be further apart in terms of story telling. Here in Elliot Silverstein's picture, the scenery and scope is certainly lush, but the niceties stop there for this is a harsh, at times painful, story with realism dripping from each frame. Silverstein wanted to get as close as he could to the facts of the Sioux way of life, even bringing in a Sioux historian to oversee the production.

The Sioux are painted on both sides of the canvas, on one side we are shown them to be violent, even sadistic, but Silverstein also portrays them as an intelligent race driven on by intense loyalty to their ways and culture. Richard Harris plays our main protagonist and has a clear license to act with immense verve and vigour, it's a memorable turn that lingers long after the credits roll. Hurting the film is a twee romance between Morgan and the Chiefs daughter (Judith Anderson) and Jean Gascon's fluctuating accents start to grate entering the film's last quarter. But really the plus points far outweigh the little irritants in the piece. The editing from Philip W. Anderson & Michael Kahn is like a whirling paean to hallucinations, and some scenes are from the top draw, most notably the Vow To The Sun ritual that literally is painful to watch. A Man Called Horse may well be of its time, but it's certainly a very interesting and highly intelligent film. 7/10