The Return of a Man Called Horse
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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!
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.
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.Read more ›
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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Dont waste your money on this new release by Olive films. The picture quality is below par. It is widescreen, but not anamorphic. Aliasing through most of the dvd, appalling. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mrs. Coneybear
Return Of A Man Called Horse staring Richard Harris is a 5 star movie it is one of the best from 1976 the bluray is excellent .Published 2 months ago by vernon egolf
“Return of a Man Called Horse” stars Richard Harris reprising his role as English nobleman John “The Horse” Morgan in this sequel to 1970’s “A Man Called Horse. Read morePublished 2 months ago by The Movie Man
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