20 November 2018 | ma-cortes
Bio of the Lakota Sioux warrior whose home in the Black Hills was threatened by the White Men
Decent chronicle of a strong fight between the Lakota tribe and the US cavalry in the struggle for the west , paced under completely Indian viewpoint . This is a true story , photographed in the Black Hills of the Dakotas where is actually happened . It is the story of an American , a leader of his people , one of the great generals of all time -Chief Crazy Horse of the Lakota Sioux . Crazy Horse's territory was invaded by Western expansion and the constant breakment of government treaties . In Fort Laramie commanded by General Crook , Indians are forced to form a volatile alliance in their life-or-death struggle . However , some USA officers and Indians are reluctant to this unusual alliance and they distrust having Indians and soldiers as allies . When ambitious prospectors and mean traders get evidence of gold in the sacred Lakota burial ground Indians go warpath . As war chief , Crazy Horse, along with Teton Sioux leader Sitting Bull lead the Cheyenne and Sioux against George Armstrong Custer at the battle of Little Big Horn . Crazy Horse leads his brave warriors on a wild chase across the plains and hills in this saga of the old west . They elude capture , but famine , cold and constant harassment by troops lead to crazy Horse surrender and death in 1877 , betrayed by both the Whites and some of his own people . He Hurled The Lance That Smashed Custer That Historic Day At Little Big Horn!
This moving movie is an epic portrait of the historic story about celebrated Indians Lakotas against the US cavalry . The picture gets Western action , shootouts , a love story , breathtaking raids , overwhelming battles and results to be quite entertaining . It's a medium budget film with good actors , technicians , production values and pleasing results . The film is pretty well , being told from Indian perspective , though some historical events take a back seat to Hollywood scriptwriting . At the ending , when take place some battles , possees all the sweep , grandeur and noisy action of the greatest Westerns of an age long past . Acceptable and passable main cast . The usual wooden Victor Mature gives stature to the role , providing sincerity and bravura . And Suzan Ball as his Indian wife , who died early at 21 by cancer , being these ¨War arrow¨ and ¨Chief Crazy Horse¨ both of them directed by George Sherman , his last films . Support cast is frankly good , such as : John Lund , Ray Danton , Keith Larsen , Paul Guilfoyle ,David Janssen ,Morris Ankrum , Robert F. Simon ,James Westerfield , Stuart Randall , Dennis Weaver , Robert Warwick and Pat Hogan
This thrilling and stirring Western was beautifully shot by cameraman Harold Lipstein . And an original and shining score from Frank skinner . The motion picture was professionally directed by George Sherman in B-style , though has some flaws . Sherman made reliable low-budget fare for Columbia between 1945-48, then moved on to do the same at Universal for another eight years , where he directed this ¨War Arrow¨ . Sherman specialized almost exclusively in "B" westerns there , including the "Three Musketeers" series, which featured a young John Wayne. George directed lots of Westerns as ¨The Last of the Fast Guns¨ , ¨The Lone Hand¨, ¨Santa Fe stampede¨ , ¨Red skin¨ , ¨Chief Crazy Horse¨ ¨Calamity Jane¨, ¨Relentless¨ , ¨Comanche Territory¨ , ¨Dawn at Socorro¨, ¨Border River¨ and many others . He also made occasional forays into action and horror themes, often achieving a sense of style over substance . The only "A"-grade films to his credit were two westerns starring John Wayne: ¨Comancheros¨ (1961) (as producer) and ¨The big Jack¨ (1971) . His last films were realized in Spain as "Find That Girl" , ¨The new Cinderella¨ and ¨Joaquin Murrieta¨. Rating : 6/10 . Well worth watching .
Other biographies about Crazy Horse are the followings : Crazy Horse 1996 by John Irvin with Michael Greyeyes , Jimmy Herman , Wes Studi , August Schellenberg , Irene Bedard , Steve Reevis . Crazy Horse and Custer : the untold story 1990 with Slim Pickens , Mary Ann Mobley an Michael Dante .