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March 19, 2013

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Filed under: Adventure, Drama, Family — Tags: , , — checkrenespho @ 10:17 am

Genres: Adventure , Drama , Family
Actors: Sal Mineo , Philip Carey , Jerome Courtland , Rafael Campos , H.M. Wynant , Joy Page , Britt Lomond , Herbert Rudley , Sydney Smith , John War Eagle , Gregg Martell , Slim Pickens , Robert ‘Buzz’ Henry
Director: Lewis R. Foster
Country: United States
Year: 1958
IMDB Rating: 6.3/10 (150 votes)

In Dakota territory in the 1870s, White Bull, a young Sioux, proves his manhood by catching and training a wild colt he names Tonka. When a cruel cousin claims the horse as the privilege of rank, White Bull lets Tonka go. The horse ends up in the hands of a captain in the US cavalry about the time that Sitting Bull gathers the tribes to confront the growing US presence, epitomized by the bigoted General Custer. All paths, including those of White Bull and Tonka, lead to the confluence of the Little and Big Horn rivers.

Film Review

A real wholesome movie, especially from the perspective of the American-Indian. If not mistaken, back when this was released it was meant to be a Sal Mineo vehicle. Mineo plays White Bull, a young boy coming to grips with becoming a man. Others of note in this scenic drama are Joy Page, Rafael Campos, Slim Pickens and John War Eagle. Doubtful you would watch this more than once.

This was one of my absolute favourite movies as a kid. It seems strange to me now that they could make a family movie about a battle where one side was entirely wiped out (except the horse of course). Not that there was any blood and gore in the film. It just seems a strange topic for a kids movie.

This rare title from 1958 features the amazing and charismatic Sal Mineo as a young Indian brave, who captures and trains a horse that will become his friend, and later his ally in one of the bloodiest battles in American history. Tough subject for a Disney production, but the famed "Battle of Little Big Horn" led by General Armstrong Custer, against a surprisingly well-armed and well-prepared Indian tribe, is handled very effectively, and impressively, without downplaying the violence. The first segment of this gem of a film focuses entirely on the bond that develops between White Bull (Sal Mineo) and his wild horse, as the Indian brave trains Tonka to trust him. The way in which White Bull is always trying to win the respect of his mother, and of his tribe, and to prove his manhood, is done in a most believable way. And when Tonka falls into the hands of the White troops, the story switches gears and becomes a bit more of an adult Western. The final battle is swift and blo…

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