Cheyenne Autumn

Cheyenne Autumn

John Ford (1964)

124min
U Certificate
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Review

Our Score
The last western made by the great John Ford is effectively an apology for the many wrongs done by Hollywood to the American Indian. It maintains tremendous dignity in those sections actually dealing with the tragic resettlement of the Cheyenne by the US government, but it is undermined by a tasteless would-be comic central section set in Dodge City, irrelevantly featuring an ill-cast James Stewart as Wyatt Earp. Still, here's Ford's beloved Monument Valley and a distinguished cast headed by the ever underrated Richard Widmark in a story of genuine epic scale: make some tea in the middle.

Summary

Three-hundred members of a Cheyenne tribe that was forcibly resettled on a barren reservation make the dangerous journey to their ancestral homeland. A cavalry officer is assigned the task of bringing them back, but soon begins to sympathise with their plight. John Ford's Western, starring Richard Widmark and James Stewart. Including FYI Daily.

Cast & Crew

Captain Thomas Archer Richard Widmark
Deborah Wright Carroll Baker
Captain Oscar Wessels Karl Malden
Wyatt Earp James Stewart
Secretary of the Interior Edward G Robinson
Red Shirt Sal Mineo
Spanish Woman Dolores Del Rio
Little Wolf Ricardo Montalban
Dull Knife Gilbert Roland
Doc Holliday Arthur Kennedy
Second Lieutenant Scott Patrick Wayne
Miss Guinevere Plantagenet Elizabeth Allen
Major Jeff Blair John Carradine
Tall Tree Victor Jory
Senior First Sergeant Mike Mazurki
Trooper Smith Harry Carey Jr
Trooper Plumtree Ben Johnson (1)
Senator Henry Denver Pyle
Director John Ford
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Warner Pathe Ltd Available on: Available on video

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