Across the Wide Missouri

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"The action, the drama, the men, the women... who blasted their heroic way into a new empire!"
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  • 1951
  • 1 hr 18 min
  • 6.2  (2,262)

Across the Wide Missouri is a 1951 western adventure movie directed by William A. Wellman and starring Clark Gable, Ricardo Montalban, and John Hodiak. The movie is based on the novel "Across the Wide Missouri" by historian Bernard DeVoto, which describes the life of the Montana fur trapper and trader, Hugh Glass, during the early 1800s.

Set against the backdrop of the wild and dangerous American frontier in the early 19th century, the movie tells the story of Flint Mitchell (Clark Gable), a hard-bitten and experienced fur trader who leads an expedition down the Missouri river to bargain with the Blackfoot Indians for their valuable pelts. Along with his fellow trappers, which includes the spirited half-Spanish half-Indian interpreter, Ironshirt (Ricardo Montalban) and the burly boatman Colter (John Hodiak), Flint soon realizes that the journey is full of peril and hardship.

As the party navigates the rapids and dangerous waterways of the Missouri, they face hostile tribes, brutal weather conditions, and treacherous rivals, who will not hesitate to resort to violence to get their hands on the lucrative fur trade. Flint's leadership is put to the test when he is forced to choose between rescuing a kidnapped member of his party or pursuing the valuable pelts that the Blackfoot tribe can offer.

Throughout the movie, Flint and his comrades encounter a wide array of fascinating and sometimes strange characters, including the stoic and wise Blackfoot chief, Bear Ghost (Adolphe Menjou), who sees through Flint's cunning schemes, the wily French trader, Pierre (J. Carrol Naish), and the fiercely independent Indian warrior, Running Moon (Alan Napier), who becomes Ironshirt's love interest.

Beyond the pulse-pounding action set pieces and the breathtaking landscapes of Montana and the Dakotas, Across the Wide Missouri explores deeper themes of loyalty, brotherhood, and cultural exchange. The movie's portrayal of the complex and shifting relationships between American trappers, Indian tribes, and European traders is both historically accurate and nuanced, highlighting the often-overlooked diversity and interconnectedness of the early American West.

Of course, Across the Wide Missouri is not without its flaws. Some critics have criticized the movie's simplistic and stereotypical portrayal of Native Americans as either noble savages or untrustworthy villains, while others have pointed out the uneven pacing and wooden acting of some of the supporting cast.

However, these minor criticisms do not detract from the overall appeal of this classic western epic. With its stunning cinematography, expertly choreographed action sequences, and a charismatic performance by Clark Gable, Across the Wide Missouri is a movie that should not be missed by anyone interested in the history and mythology of the American West.

Across the Wide Missouri is a 1951 adventure movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 18 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.2.

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    6.2  (2,262)