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A Man Called Horse

Richard Harris  Actor Judith Anderson  Actor Jean Gascon  Actor Manu Tupou  Actor Corinna Tsopei  Actor

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MPAA Rating: R
Contains:Violence,Graphic Violence,Not For Children

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A Man Called Horse

UPC: 097363776642

Studio: Paramount

MPAA Rating: R   Contains:[Violence, Graphic Violence, Not For Children]

Summary: A Man Called Horse stars Richard Harris as Lord John Morgan, an English peer cast somewhat adrift in the American West. Captured by Sioux Indians, Lord Morgan is at first targeted for quick extinction, but the tribesmen sense that he is worthy of survival. The Englishman passes many of the necessary tests that will permit him to become a member of the tribe, the most grueling of which (and the one used most extensively in the film's advertising) is the Sun Vow Initiation. That's where his lordship is hung from the roof of a huge teepee with hooks through his pectoral muscles. Much of the dialogue is spoken in the Sioux language, though the film's much-vaunted "historical accuracy" is not altogether consistent, as witness the casting of British stage luminary Judith Anderson as Sioux woman Buffalo Cow Head. A Man Called Horse spawned warrant two sequels. Originally rated "GP" in 1970, it has since been re-rated R by the MPAA. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Category: Western

Features: cc[None specified]

A Man Called Horse

Format: DVD

Release Date: 04/29/2003

Audio: DD5.1 Dolby Digital 5.1, DS Dolby Surround (4.0)

Runtime: 114 Minutes

Sides: 1

Number of Discs: 1

Language(s) English

Subtitles: English

Region: USA & territories, Canada

Chapters: Side #1 --
1. Captured
2. Warriors Return
3. Attempted Escape
4. "I Am a Man"
5. A Lot to Learn
6. Survival
7. Proving Loyalty
8. Marriage Tests
9. The Union
10. Marital Bliss
11. Battle
12. New Freedom

Craig Butler

A film that seems to have provided some inspiration for Dances with Wolves, A Man Called Horse has dated somewhat over the years but is still noteworthy for the exceptionally powerful performance that is at its center. As the titular character, Richard Harris gives a performance that is startling in its intensity and clarity. It's true that some of the peculiarities -- some might call them mannerisms -- that are part of the actor's individual style are still present, including a tendency to go from very quiet to very loud with no stops in between. But most of these characteristics are kept in tight control, and even when used, they are in service to the character and the script. More importantly, Harris truly lives the character that he is playing, making quite real, believable, and moving every moment of his journey. It's an extraordinary piece of acting, and it is the glue that holds Horse together. Despite Harris, many may find Horse rough going, not the least because of its sometimes graphic nature -- particularly in the Sun Vow Initiation section, which is extremely painful yet undeniably powerful. Some may also find that Horse doesn't always succeed at what it sets out to do, which is to present a man assimilating into another culture, but to do so without passing judgment on either culture. It's a noble attempt, but it doesn't quite work, possibly because a film of this sort almost has to favor the character who is "outside" the culture. Still, it doesn't help that the Indian characters are not as fleshed out as they might be; this is especially true of the woman Horse takes as a wife, who seems to exist solely as a romantic creature with no other dimension. Things are not helped by dialogue in a native tongue that is not translated for much of the film. This adds to the "alienated" feeling, but it also makes the characters less comprehensible to the audience. Finally, some viewers will find the unfortunate "psychedelic" moments entirely too dated and distracting. But despite its flaws, A Man Called Horse is a gripping movie that features an unforgettable star turn. ~ Craig Butler, Rovi

Cast and Crew: James Gammon  Actor 
Frank Raiter  Actor 
Sioux Indians of Rosebud Reservation  Actor 
Stanford Howard  Actor 
Jack de Witt  Screenwriter 
Sandy Howard  Producer 
Leonard Rosenman  Composer (Music Score) 
Elliot Silverstein  Director 
Richard Harris  Actor 
Judith Anderson  Actor 
Jean Gascon  Actor 
Manu Tupou  Actor 
Corinna Tsopei  Actor 
Dub Taylor  Actor 
William Jordan  Actor 
Edward Little Sky  Actor 
Lina Marin  Actor 
Tamara Garina  Actor 
Michael Baseleon  Actor 
Manuel Padilla  Actor 
Iron Eyes Cody  Actor 
Terry J. Leonard  Actor 

Country: USA