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The Return of a Man Called Horse (1976)

The English gentleman known as Horse, returns to the American west to save his adopted Indian tribe from extinction.

Director:

Irvin Kershner

Writers:

Jack DeWitt, Dorothy M. Johnson (based upon a character from "A Man Called Horse" by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Richard Harris ... John Morgan
Gale Sondergaard ... Elk Woman
Geoffrey Lewis ... Zenas
William Lucking ... Tom Gryce (as Bill Lucking)
Jorge Luke ... Running Bull
Jorge Russek ... Blacksmith
Claudio Brook ... Chemin De Fer (as Claudio Brooke)
Enrique Lucero ... Raven
Regino Herrera Regino Herrera ... Lame Wolf
Pedro Damián ... Standing Bear (as Pedro Damian)
Humberto López Humberto López ... Thin Dog (as Humberto Lopez)
Alberto Mariscal Alberto Mariscal ... Red Cloud
Eugenia Dolores Eugenia Dolores ... Brown Dove
Patricia Reyes Spíndola ... Gray Thorn
Ana De Sade ... Moon Star
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In the 1840s, trappers with government backing push the Yellow Hands Sioux off their sacred land; they retreat into an apocalyptic spirituality, passively waiting for supernatural wrath to descend on their usurpers. Meanwhile, in England, Lord John Morgan feels his spirit weaken, so he returns to America to live again with the Yellow Hand. Finding them dispirited, he invigorates them as well as himself through self-imposed torture and other rituals. Once he convinces the clan to take direct action, Horse must devise a strategy to take the trappers' fort. The clan's women and boys take on special assignments to aid the assault to regain the sacred land. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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The all-new adventures of the English Lord with the soul of an Indian. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Western

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

Mexico | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 August 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El regreso de un hombre llamado Caballo See more »

Filming Locations:

Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico See more »

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Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)
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Mono | 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)

Color:

Color (DeLuxe)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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First major film role for Gale Sondergaard, after she was blacklisted for refusing to testify before the U.S. House of Representatives Un-American Activities Committee in 1951. See more »

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During the sun ceremony, John Morgan (Richard Harris) didn't have any scarring from the first time he underwent the ritual from five years earlier in the original film "A Man Called Horse". See more »

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German VHS version was cut in the scene where Harris makes a fire on the man who followed him. See more »

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Horse never should have returned
27 January 2005 | by barnfife-1See all my reviews

I thoroughly enjoyed A Man Called Horse when it was released in 1970, but Return played like a typical sequel. Everything about it -- budget, script, plot, casting, and acting -- was inferior to the original. Gale Sondergaard as Elk Woman, an elder of the Yellow Hand tribe, looks nothing like an Indian, and neither do half of the other "Indians," who were played by Italians, Mexicans, and Latinos with cheap wigs. And the old guy who played the chief acted more like a fat old squaw than a fierce leader of warriors. He even used the bow like a woman! Finally, Richard Harris, who did such a superb job in the original, seems to be coasting this time around. I guess he couldn't resist the easy paycheck he got for reprising his role as Horse.

To be fair, there are some interesting moments in the movie, such as Horse's undergoing a painful purification ritual to "find his vision" and rally the Yellow Hands against their Indian enemies and white oppressors, but on the whole, Return is uneven, boring, corny, and predictable -- just like most sequels.


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