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The Return of a Man Called Horse

4.2 out of 5 stars 84 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

"A Man Called Horse returns at full gallop" (Los Angeles Times) in this exceptional western that follows the plight of a horribly wronged tribe of Sioux Indiansand the quest of the one man who would lead them to victory. The Return of a Man Called Horse is a "visually stunning" (Variety) and "hauntingly beautiful vision of American history" (Los Angeles Times). Lord John Morgan (Richard Harris), disillusioned with the "civilized" aristocracy of England, returns to the American West in search of the vital and rugged life he once led among the proud Yellow Hand tribe. But what he finds instead is destruction: a brutal and bloody war inflicted on his adopted blood brothers by an unscrupulous trapper and his followers. Decimated, enslaved and swept from their home, their only hope of regrouping, retaining their ancient customs and fighting backfor their sacred homeland now lies with Morgan...a man they call Horse.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Richard Harris, Gale Sondergaard, Geoffrey Lewis, William Lucking, Jorge Luke
  • Directors: Irvin Kershner
  • Writers: Dorothy M. Johnson, Jack DeWitt
  • Producers: Richard Harris, Sandy Howard, Terry Morse Jr., Theodore R. Parvin
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    PG
    Parental Guidance Suggested
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: September 4, 2001
  • Run Time: 126 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005LOL1
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #88,284 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Return of a Man Called Horse" on IMDb

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By Mr. James A. Newton on November 15, 2002
Format: VHS Tape
I do not think I've ever seen a sequel that surpasses the prequel to such a degree as this film does. The opening quarter of an hour of the film is one of the best ever, that engages the attention of the viewer immediately. Action scenes are poignant and dramatically effective at the same time. I believe that the Lakota were far more sensitively portrayed than they were in 'A Man Called Horse' - when they seemed to do very little than shriek incoherently at each other and everyone else. The scenery and the costumes are great and are very authentic given the detail usually given to most films of this era.
The film begins with Harris returning to America, initially for a year, to visit the Lakota band that enslaved and later adopted him in the 1820's. He finds that his adoptive Yellow Hand people have been slaughtered by a group of trappers and an enemy tribe; the survivors enslaved or driven from their homeland. Harris eventually meets up with the survivors and helps revitalize their spirit enabling them to win back their homeland. If there is one fault with the film it is this; once again native people need a white man to save the day. If you can disregard this it is an excellent film - my favourite scenes being the Sun Dance and the Yellow Hand women getting the upper hand with the Arikaras!
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This is a sequel to the 1970 A MAN CALLED HORSE. In that movie Richard Harris is John Morgan, an Englsih baron captured by the Yellow Hand Sioux in the early 1800s and raised by them; being a great fighter he was given his freedom and returned to England in 1821.

Now, three years later, Harris is bored in England and decides to return to America. When he does he finds the Yellow Hand have been driven off their lands or enslaved by white traders. He leads them in a fight to regain their lands.

The movie is shot almost totally from the Indians' perspective, and great care has been taken to get it right and to treat the Indians and their ways honestly. There is a lengthy self-mutilation ceremony that is quite gory (but authentic); it was cut from some earlier prints as being too graphic, but it's essential as to why the tribe decides to fight for their land (they must purge themselves of the evil spirit first). The really memorable thing about the movie is the photography: the Dakota landscape is spectacular.
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Last year (Sept. 2015), I picked up a copy of the film A Man Called Horse: A Man Called Horse [Blu-ray] and loved it. Trying to find the sequel, at the time, proved to be very difficult however. It hadn't been released on Blu-Ray yet and obtaining a copy of the DVD that was a part of the "Western Classics" collection didn't seem possible or either too costly (the DVDs were being sold at very high prices...but have since gone down due to this Blu-Ray release). I was very pleased to see that the film was finally being released on Blu-Ray and when it arrived it went straight from the mail box right into the player. What initially got me interested in the films was first hearing the soundtrack to both this movie and the first one. My father got me interested in Western films at an early age, but these are two films are a little different because they focus a lot more on the Native American perspective. Both of the films have faced criticism because of historical inaccuracies, depictions, and Hollywood fluff. I tend to enjoy it just as a movie and any curiosities about the truth are satisfied with my own personal research into the matters that I wish to question or explore further.

The one thing that I was always curious about, when listening to Laurence Rosenthal's score for the film, was why John Morgan had to undergo another torturous ritual in this film? At first, I thought it was just Hollywood's way of putting the much talked about sequence from the first film back into this one. Well, I'm probably right...it was a way to capitalize again on one of the first movie's biggest scenes, but they actually did it in a way that makes pretty good sense.
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This is the second in the series of three, the orginal movie called "A Man Called Horse". "Return of a Man Called Horse" is okay. The main character played by Richard Harris is back in England and becomes bored with life and decides to return to the Sioux tribe that captured him 4 years earlier. I would say that it repeats somethings from the original like the "Vow to the Sun"(done alittle differently this time) and some of the characters have returned but not many. Difinitely watch it if you have seen "A Man Callled Horse"(which is OUTSTANDING) just so you can have the satisfaction of seeing the series and of course the wonderful actor Harris. Movie is nowhere near as good as the first film but is you enjoy Harris, watch it. Have fun.
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Richard Harris did an outstanding job in this movie, and to think my daughters only know him as Professor Albus Dumbledore in the first two films of Harry Potter.
This may not be a good movie for younger viewers but all the same I fully enjoy watching this one and the sequel. I would like to get the 3rd movie but Richard Harris only has a very small part and it's not as good as the first two.
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