Cheyenne Autumn
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Cheyenne Autumn

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Director: John Ford

Cast: John Ford, Richard Widmark, Carroll Baker, James Stewart


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John Ford's last western film, Cheyenne Autumn was allegedly produced to compensate for the hundreds of Native Americans who had bitten the dust in Ford's earlier films (that was the director's story, anyway). Set in 1887, the film recounts the defiant migration of 300 Cheyennes from their reservation in Oklahoma territory to theirSee more details below

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John Ford's last western film, Cheyenne Autumn was allegedly produced to compensate for the hundreds of Native Americans who had bitten the dust in Ford's earlier films (that was the director's story, anyway). Set in 1887, the film recounts the defiant migration of 300 Cheyennes from their reservation in Oklahoma territory to their original home in Wyoming. They have done this at the behest of chiefs Little Wolf (Ricardo Montalban) and Dull Knife (Gilbert Roland), peaceful souls who have been driven to desperate measures because the US government has ignored their pleas for food and shelter. Since the Cheyennes' trek is in defiance of their treaty, Captain Thomas Archer (Richard Widmark), who agrees with the Indians in principle, reluctantly leads his troops in pursuit of the tribe. While there was never any intention to shed blood, the white press finds it politically expedient to distort the Cheyennes' action into a declaration of war. Thanks to the cruelties of such chauvinistic whites as Captain Oscar Wessels (Karl Malden), the Cheyennes are forced to defend themselves--and whenever Indians take arms against whites in the 1880s, it's usually misrepresented as a massacre. Only the intervention of US secretary of the interior Carl Schurz (Edward G. Robinson) prevents the hostilities from erupting into wholesale bloodshed. Based on a novel by Mari Sandoz, Cheyenne Autumn is a cinematic elegy--not only for the beleaguered Cheyennes, but for John Ford's fifty years in pictures. It is weakest when arbitrarily throwing in a wearisome romance between Richard Widmark and pacifistic schoolmarm Carroll Baker, who out of sympathy for the Indians has joined them in their 1500-mile westward journey. When the Warner Bros. people decided that the film ran too long, they chopped out the wholly unnecessary but very funny episode involving a poker-obsessed Wyatt Earp (James Stewart). Contrary to popular belief, this episode was included in the earliest non-roadshow prints of Cheyenne Autumn; the scene was excised only when the film went into its second and third runs in 1966 (it has since been restored).

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Warner Home Video
Region Code:
[Wide Screen]
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
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Special Features

Closed Caption; New digital transfer from restored picture and audio elements; Soundtrack remastered in Dolby Digital 5.1; Commentary by Joseph McBride, author of Searching For John Ford: A Life; Vintage featurette Cehyenne Autumn Trail; Theatrical trailer; Subtitles: English, Français & Español (Feature Film Only)

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Richard Widmark Capt. Thomas Archer
Carroll Baker Deborah Wright
James Stewart Wyatt Earp
Edward G. Robinson Carl Schurz
Karl Malden Capt. Oscar Wessels
Sal Mineo Red Shirt
Dolores Del Rio Spanish Woman
Ricardo Montalban Little Wolf
Gilbert Roland Dull Knife
Arthur Kennedy Doc Holliday
Patrick Wayne Second Lieutenant Scott
Elizabeth Allen Guinevere Plantagenet
John Carradine Maj. Jeff Blair
Victor Jory Tall Tree
Mike Mazurki 1st Sgt. Stanislaus Wichowsky
George O'Brien Maj. Braden
Sean McClory Dr. O'Carberry
Judson Pratt Mayor Dog Kelly
Carmen D'Antonio Pawnee woman
Ken Curtis Joe
Danny Borzage Actor
Jeannie Epper Actor
James Flavin Sergeant of the Guard
Sam Harris Townsman
William Henry Infantry Captain
Ted Mapes Actor
Philo McCullough Man
John R. McKee Trooper
David Humphreys Miller Actor
Bing Russell Telegrapher
Charles Seel Newspaper Publisher
Donna Hall Entertainer
James O'Hara Actor
Elena Altieri Duchess De Castro
Lee Bradley Cheyenne
Paul Campbell Felipe
Harry Carey Trooper Smith
Nada Fiorelli Isabelle
Shug Fisher Skinny
Chuck Hayward Trooper
George Higgins Martinez
Nancy Hsueh Little Bird
Ben Johnson Trooper Plumtree
Duncan Lamont The Viceroy
Anna Magnani Camilla
Denver Pyle Sen. Henry
John Qualen Svenson
Walter Reed Lt. Peterson
Riccardo Rioli Ramon
Chuck Roberson Platoon sergeant
Odoardo Spadaro Don Antonio
Ralph Truman Duke De Castro
Carleton Young Aide to Carl Schurz
Walter S. Baldwin Jeremy Wright
Willis B. Bouchey Colonel

Technical Credits
John Ford Director,Producer
Renzo Avanzo Screenwriter
C. Frank Beetson Costumes/Costume Designer
William H. Clothier Cinematographer
Richard Day Art Director
Ginette Doynel Screenwriter
David Hawkins Editor
Jack Kirkland Screenwriter
Otho Lovering Editor
Giulio Macchi Screenwriter
Alex North Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Ann Peck Costumes/Costume Designer
Norman Pringle Makeup
Claude Renoir Cinematographer
Rudy Robbins Stunts
Mario Serandrei Editor
Darrell Silvera Set Decoration/Design
Bernard Smith Producer
James R. Webb Screenwriter
Ralph Webb Special Effects

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Cheyenne Autumn
1. Overture [1:34]
2. Credits [2:00]
3. September 7, 1878 [4:22]
4. Daylong Wait [7:10]
5. White Words Are Lies [5:25]
6. Proposals to Deborah [4:54]
7. Drums of Departure [4:36]
8. Blood in His Eye [6:48]
9. I Think War [3:43]
10. Shots Fired [6:51]
11. Tall Tree Fallen [5:33]
12. Ever Seen an Indian? [4:59]
13. Bad Blood [5:03]
14. Scott's Scorching Skirmish [5:33]
15. Kill Me an Injun [3:54]
16. Give and Take [2:18]
17. Buffalo Hope [3:39]
18. Dodge City Welcome [3:06]
19. One Card Light [5:10]
20. Idelicate Operation [:01]
21. Dodge City Army [5:36]
22. Battle of Dodge City [3:28]
23. Intermission [3:11]
24. Entr'Acte [:15]
25. Bars of a Prison [1:15]
26. Wichowsky's No Cossack [4:11]
27. Covering Their Tracks [3:18]
28. Boots and Saddles [2:34]
29. Breaking Apart [2:43]
30. Fort Robinson [4:18]
31. Orders and Orders [2:53]
32. They Will Die Here [5:24]
33. T-R-A-I-N [4:58]
34. Archer Meets Schurz [2:03]
35. Taking Responsibility [3:48]
36. Escape From Authority [5:30]
37. Confrontation On Sacred Land [3:25]
38. Take a Gamble [3:55]
39. Retribution and Exile [2:08]
40. H-O-M-E [3:36]
41. Cast List [:56]

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