The Return of a Man Called Horse

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"The all-new adventures of the English Lord with the soul of an Indian."
  • PG
  • 1976
  • 2 hr 9 min
  • 6.1  (2,020)

The Return of a Man Called Horse is a western movie released in 1976 and directed by Irvin Kershner. This movie is a sequel to the 1970 movie called A Man Called Horse. The main character, played by Richard Harris, is an English aristocrat named John Morgan who is captured by a Native American tribe called the Sioux. He is initially treated as a prisoner, but eventually earns their respect by learning their language and customs. In the first movie, Morgan is accepted into the tribe and takes part in their rituals, including undergoing the Sun Vow ceremony where he is hung by hooks in his chest.

The sequel starts several years after the events of the first movie. Morgan has returned to England, but he is haunted by the memories of the Sioux and decides to go back to America to visit them. He is greeted warmly by the tribe, but he quickly learns that they are facing a new threat from a neighboring tribe called the Crow. The Crow are stealing their horses and attacking their villages, and the Sioux are unable to defend themselves. Morgan decides to help them by organizing their defense and training them in new tactics.

In the course of the movie, Morgan faces many obstacles and challenges. The Sioux are initially skeptical of his ability to help them, and some of them even resent him for leaving them to return to England. He also faces opposition from the Crow, who are led by a ruthless leader named Elk Woman. Elk Woman is played by Gale Sondergaard, who does an excellent job portraying the villain. She is brutal and cunning, and she will stop at nothing to defeat the Sioux.

Morgan's allies include a wise old Sioux chief named Yellow Hand, played by Geoffrey Lewis. Yellow Hand is a mentor to Morgan, and he helps him to understand the Sioux culture and find new ways to defeat the Crow. Another ally is a young Sioux warrior named Charging Wind, who becomes Morgan's protégé. Charging Wind is played by Native American actor Jorge Luke, who brings authenticity to the role.

The movie is beautifully shot, with breathtaking scenery and realistic depictions of Native American culture. The costumes and sets are also impressive, and they help to transport the viewer back in time to the Old West. The music, composed by Laurence Rosenthal, is also a standout feature of the movie. It is a mix of traditional Native American music and orchestral themes, and it adds to the emotional impact of the film.

Overall, The Return of a Man Called Horse is an excellent sequel to the original movie. It builds on the themes and characters of the first movie while also introducing new elements and challenges. Richard Harris gives a strong performance as John Morgan, and the supporting cast is equally impressive. The movie is a must-watch for fans of westerns and those interested in Native American culture.

The Return of a Man Called Horse is a 1976 western with a runtime of 2 hours and 9 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.1.

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  • Release Date
    1976
  • MPAA Rating
    PG
  • Runtime
    2 hr 9 min
  • Language
    English
  • IMDB Rating
    6.1  (2,020)