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Man Called Horse [Blu-ray] [1970] [US Import]

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  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Danish, Dutch, French, German, Norwegian, Spanish, Swedish
  • Dubbed: French, German, Italian, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004T0XYJQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 129,270 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 13 Sept. 2012
Format: DVD
This is the story of Lord John Morgan, an honest earthy person who is captured by the Sioux in 1825. Abused and treated as an animal he comes to adapt to his life in order to survive. Enduring torture and oppression he must earn their respect in order to be accepted as part of their tribe.

The white man as part of a Sioux tribe story was given a major shot in the arm with Kevin Costner's Oscar bagger, Dances With Wolves in 1990. This picture came out some twenty years before Costner's stylish picture but the two films couldn't be further apart in terms of story telling. Here in Elliot Silverstein's picture, the scenery and scope is certainly lush, but the niceties stop there for this is a harsh, at times painful, story with realism dripping from each frame. Silverstein wanted to get as close as he could to the facts of the Sioux way of life, even bringing in a Sioux historian to oversee the production.

The Sioux are painted on both sides of the canvas, on one side we are shown them to be violent, even sadistic, but Silverstein also portrays them as an intelligent race driven on by intense loyalty to their ways and culture. Richard Harris plays our main protagonist and has a clear license to act with immense verve and vigour, it's a memorable turn that lingers long after the credits roll. Hurting the film is a twee romance between Morgan and the Chiefs daughter (Judith Anderson) and Jean Gascon's fluctuating accents start to grate entering the film's last quarter. But really the plus points far outweigh the little irritants in the piece. The editing from Philip W. Anderson & Michael Kahn is like a whirling paean to hallucinations, and some scenes are from the top draw, most notably the Vow To The Sun ritual that literally is painful to watch. A Man Called Horse may well be of its time, but it's certainly a very interesting and highly intelligent film. 7/10
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Krzysztof Jurek on 25 Nov. 2002
Format: VHS Tape
first of all, I wish to pay hommage to a great man who also left us in 2002. My father discovered Richard Harris through this movie, and remained fond of him because of his extraordinary performance in this motion picture. Theis is the story of a man whose predisposition to survive enables him to enter the unknown and defiant world of the Sioux nation, learn about life and the meaning of it, and decide that this is what he had been longing for all his life. With the setting of the inter-nation wars and the threat of the white man to the world as they know it, this picture is a classic tale of instinct, passion, pain and hope.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Charles Vasey TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 Oct. 2012
Format: DVD
I watched this back in the cinema in the Seventies. It was notable for many things from its use (without subtitles) of the Sioux language, its attention to the detail revealed by George Catlin's paintings, and an almost neutral approach to the vexed question of Cowboys or Indians. The hero is British (in a very Irish way)and thus in Sioux territory not to pinch the land but to shoot the grouse. The Sioux are clearly shown warts and all rather than looking soulfully off into a Green Peace sun; this is a predatory warrior society. I found the story enthralling when I first saw it, and much the same when I watched it recently. The scene with the Agincourt arrows slips a bit, but otherwise the standard is high. Harris acts very well.
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Interestingly unusual! Personally I'm fascinated by the old-type Indian films. While this takes longer than expected to get going it does leave you wanting to watch more of it & for that reason I couldn't turn it off. Not really believable, & the wigs are pretty awful, but nevertheless it is quite enjoyable on the whole.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jacques COULARDEAU on 25 Sept. 2007
Format: DVD
It is one of the rare films about American Indians that is not at all concerned by their extermination by Custer and company. But it is in fact a lot deeper than that. It shows from inside the functioning, the culture, the rites and rituals of Sioux Indians when a white English Lord is captured and turned into a slave for some time. It shows how he manages to become a warrior by killing two Shoshone assailants. Then he marries the sister of the chief and eventually becomes the chief after a war with the Shoshones who attack the village that he defends successfully. And then they move. It shows how hard they are with old women when their sons have disappeared. It shows how hard they are with their warriors who have to go through very cruel rites. Pain is the deliverer of the soul. It shows the basic motivation of wars between tribes: to loot the others, in other words to survive by doing nothing productive but appropriating what is not theirs but the others'. It could be considered as light anthropologically but when it came out in 1970 it was a real revolution in the sympathy and empathy it conveyed about the Indians, but also about the fact that cruelty and pain were never looked for per se but always to prove the courage and the strength of the person. In other words it is the proof that Sioux Indians had a high level of morality based on proved physical endurance and courage. It also proved that love was a real dimension among them governing the relations among fellow human beings in the tribe and between men and women, though their love was not necessarily expressed the way we would romantically adorn it.

Dr Jacques COULARDEAU, University Paris Dauphine, University Paris 1 Pantheon Sorbonne & University Versailles Saint Quentin en Yvelines
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