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Sitting Bull

  • Documentary and factual
  • Western
  • 1954
  • Sidney Salkow
  • 105 mins
  • PG

Summary

Fact-based Western chronicling events leading up to the infamous Battle of Little Big Horn, about a cavalry officer striving to stop the vainglorious General Custer taking on the legendary chieftain, only to end up being court-martialled for his efforts. Starring Dale Robertson, Mary Murphy, J Carrol Naish and Iron Eyes Cody

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Review

A star rating of 1 out of 5.

Superficially spectacular, this independent production relied on early use of CinemaScope and on hordes of Mexican extras to fill its wide screen, playing both the Indians and the US Cavalry. Something went wrong with the colour, however, while the routine story takes forever to unfold. There's Douglas Kennedy as the usual glory-seeking Custer, Dale Robertson as the honest cavalry major trying to bring about lasting peace, and J Carrol Naish as the dignified, fair-minded Chief Sitting Bull (a part the veteran character actor had played previously in the film version of Annie Get Your Gun). The only real native American around is Iron Eyes Cody as the warrior Crazy Horse.

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Credits

Cast

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ParrishDale Robertson
KathyMary Murphy (1)
Sitting BullJ Carrol Naish
Crazy HorseIron Eyes Cody
General HowellJohn Litel
WentworthBill Hopper
Colonel CusterDouglas Kennedy
President GrantJohn Hamilton

Crew

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DirectorSidney Salkow

Details

Theatrical distributor
United Artists Corp. Ltd
Languages
English
Formats
Colour
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