The Return of a Man Called Horse (1976) Poster


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  • English aristocrat John Morgan (Richard Harris), previously captured by the Yellow Hand Sioux who treated him as a horse until he rose to the position of chief within the tribe, returns to find his adopted Indian tribe dispirited, forced off their sacred land by the white traders, and awaiting supernatural intervention. Morgan, known to the tribe as Shunkawakan ('Horse'), decides to take things into his own hands. Edit

  • The Return of A Man Called Horse is a movie sequel to A Man Called Horse (1970) (1970), which was based on the short story 'A Man Called Horse' by American author Dorothy M. Johnson. Her story was first published in Collier's magazine in 1950 and reprinted in 1968 as a short story in her book Indian Country. The screenplay for The Return of the Man Called Horse was written by American screenwriter Jack DeWitt. The movie was followed by Triumphs of a Man Called Horse (1983) (1983). Edit

  • It's strongly recommended. There is a scene at the beginning of the movie that shows Morgan in his bedroom surrounded by his Indian memorabilia and thinking about his experiences with the Yellow Hands, but the details of his capture and how he rose from being treated like an animal to becoming the tribe's chief should be seen first in order to understand the context of this movie. Edit

  • Other than Shunkawakan/Morgan, the only character from A Man Called Horse to return is Elk Woman (this time played by Gale Sondergaard). Tamara Garina played Elk Woman in the first movie. Edit

  • Morgan and the Yellow Hands are successful at blowing up the trading post. However, Chief Running Bull (Jorge Luke) is shot in the back and dies in Morgan's arms. The tribe carries his body back to their village. In the final scene, the warriors, women, and children revel in their triumph, imparting a new strength throughout them all. A postscript then appears saying: 'John Morgan remained a member of the Yellow Hand tribe until his death in 1854. The story of a man called Horse is woven into the tapestry of Sioux legend and has continued to be honored as a noble enemy by the Blackfoot, Crow, and Shoshone.' Edit



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