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Cheyenne Autumn

Richard Widmark  Actor Carroll Baker  Actor James Stewart  Actor Edward G. Robinson  Actor Karl Malden  Actor

MPAA Rating: NR
Contains:Suitable for Children

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Cheyenne Autumn

UPC: 012569398078

Studio: Warner Home Video

MPAA Rating: NR   Contains:[Suitable for Children]

Summary: John Ford's last western film, Cheyenne Autumn was allegedly produced to compensate for the hundreds of Native Americans who had bitten the dust in Ford's earlier films (that was the director's story, anyway). Set in 1887, the film recounts the defiant migration of 300 Cheyennes from their reservation in Oklahoma territory to their original home in Wyoming. They have done this at the behest of chiefs Little Wolf (Ricardo Montalban) and Dull Knife (Gilbert Roland), peaceful souls who have been driven to desperate measures because the US government has ignored their pleas for food and shelter. Since the Cheyennes' trek is in defiance of their treaty, Captain Thomas Archer (Richard Widmark), who agrees with the Indians in principle, reluctantly leads his troops in pursuit of the tribe. While there was never any intention to shed blood, the white press finds it politically expedient to distort the Cheyennes' action into a declaration of war. Thanks to the cruelties of such chauvinistic whites as Captain Oscar Wessels (Karl Malden), the Cheyennes are forced to defend themselves--and whenever Indians take arms against whites in the 1880s, it's usually misrepresented as a massacre. Only the intervention of US secretary of the interior Carl Schurz (Edward G. Robinson) prevents the hostilities from erupting into wholesale bloodshed. Based on a novel by Mari Sandoz, Cheyenne Autumn is a cinematic elegy--not only for the beleaguered Cheyennes, but for John Ford's fifty years in pictures. It is weakest when arbitrarily throwing in a wearisome romance between Richard Widmark and pacifistic schoolmarm Carroll Baker, who out of sympathy for the Indians has joined them in their 1500-mile westward journey. When the Warner Bros. people decided that the film ran too long, they chopped out the wholly unnecessary but very funny episode involving a poker-obsessed Wyatt Earp (James Stewart). Contrary to popular belief, this episode was included in the earliest non-roadshow prints of Cheyenne Autumn; the scene was excised only when the film went into its second and third runs in 1966 (it has since been restored). ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Category: Western

Awards: Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion – null Best Color Cinematography – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion – Hollywood Foreign Press Association

Features: cc New digital transfer from restored picture and audio elements
Soundtrack remastered in Dolby Digital 5.1
Commentary by Joseph McBride, author of Searching For John Ford: A Life
Vintage featurette Cehyenne Autumn Trail
Theatrical trailer
Subtitles: English, Français & Español (Feature Film Only)

Cheyenne Autumn

Format: DVD

Release Date: 03/13/2007

Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 Cinemascope

Audio: DD5.1 Dolby Digital 5.1

Runtime: 156 Minutes

Sides: 1

Number of Discs: 1

Language(s) English

Subtitles: English,French,Spanish

Region: USA & territories, Canada

Chapters: Disc #1 -- Cheyenne Autumn
1. Overture [1:34]
2. Credits [2:00]
3. September 7, 1878 [4:22]
4. Daylong Wait [7:10]
5. White Words Are Lies [5:25]
6. Proposals to Deborah [4:54]
7. Drums of Departure [4:36]
8. Blood in His Eye [6:48]
9. I Think War [3:43]
10. Shots Fired [6:51]
11. Tall Tree Fallen [5:33]
12. Ever Seen an Indian? [4:59]
13. Bad Blood [5:03]
14. Scott's Scorching Skirmish [5:33]
15. Kill Me an Injun [3:54]
16. Give and Take [2:18]
17. Buffalo Hope [3:39]
18. Dodge City Welcome [3:06]
19. One Card Light [5:10]
20. Idelicate Operation [:01]
21. Dodge City Army [5:36]
22. Battle of Dodge City [3:28]
23. Intermission [3:11]
24. Entr'Acte [:15]
25. Bars of a Prison [1:15]
26. Wichowsky's No Cossack [4:11]
27. Covering Their Tracks [3:18]
28. Boots and Saddles [2:34]
29. Breaking Apart [2:43]
30. Fort Robinson [4:18]
31. Orders and Orders [2:53]
32. They Will Die Here [5:24]
33. T-R-A-I-N [4:58]
34. Archer Meets Schurz [2:03]
35. Taking Responsibility [3:48]
36. Escape From Authority [5:30]
37. Confrontation On Sacred Land [3:25]
38. Take a Gamble [3:55]
39. Retribution and Exile [2:08]
40. H-O-M-E [3:36]
41. Cast List [:56]

Cast and Crew: Renzo Avanzo  Screenwriter 
John Ford  Director 
John Ford  Producer 
Jack Kirkland  Screenwriter 
Alex North  Composer (Music Score) 
Bernard Smith  Producer 
James R. Webb  Screenwriter 
Giulio Macchi  Screenwriter 
Ginette Doynel  Screenwriter 
Richard Widmark  Actor 
Carroll Baker  Actor 
James Stewart  Actor 
Edward G. Robinson  Actor 
Karl Malden  Actor 
Sal Mineo  Actor 
Dolores Del Rio  Actor 
Ricardo Montalban  Actor 
Gilbert Roland  Actor 
Arthur Kennedy  Actor 
Patrick Wayne  Actor 
Elizabeth Allen  Actor 
John Carradine  Actor 
Victor Jory  Actor 
Mike Mazurki  Actor 
George O'Brien  Actor 
Sean McClory  Actor 
Judson Pratt  Actor 
Carmen D'Antonio  Actor 
Ken Curtis  Actor 
Danny Borzage  Actor 
Jeannie Epper  Actor 
James Flavin  Actor 
Sam Harris  Actor 
William Henry  Actor 
Ted Mapes  Actor 
Philo McCullough  Actor 
John R. McKee  Actor 
David Humphreys Miller  Actor 
Bing Russell  Actor 
Charles Seel  Actor 
Donna Hall  Actor 
James O'Hara  Actor 
Elena Altieri  Actor 
Lee Bradley  Actor 
Paul Campbell  Actor 
Harry Carey, Jr.  Actor 
Nada Fiorelli  Actor 
Shug Fisher  Actor 
Chuck Hayward  Actor 
George Higgins  Actor 
Nancy Hsueh  Actor 
Ben Johnson  Actor 
Duncan Lamont  Actor 
Anna Magnani  Actor 
Denver Pyle  Actor 
John Qualen  Actor 
Walter Reed  Actor 
Riccardo Rioli  Actor 
Chuck Roberson  Actor 
Odoardo Spadaro  Actor 
Ralph Truman  Actor 
Carleton Young  Actor 
Walter S. Baldwin  Actor 
Willis B. Bouchey  Actor 

Country: USA