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The Far Horizons

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The Untamed West is the reissue title of the Pine-Thomas production The Far Horizons. This romanticized retelling of the Lewis and Clark expedition of 1803-06 stars Fred MacMurray as Meriwether Lewis and Charlton Heston as Bill Clark. The film doesn't delve much into the real-life animosity between the two, though it's clear that there's little love lost between the cerebral Lewis and the two-fisted Clark. Aiding the men in their expedition is Indian maiden Sacajawea, played with fist-in-the-air defiance by Donna...
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Overview

The Untamed West is the reissue title of the Pine-Thomas production The Far Horizons. This romanticized retelling of the Lewis and Clark expedition of 1803-06 stars Fred MacMurray as Meriwether Lewis and Charlton Heston as Bill Clark. The film doesn't delve much into the real-life animosity between the two, though it's clear that there's little love lost between the cerebral Lewis and the two-fisted Clark. Aiding the men in their expedition is Indian maiden Sacajawea, played with fist-in-the-air defiance by Donna Reed. Since interracial romances were still largely taboo in American films of the early 1950s, Sacajawea can only pine and sigh as Lewis and Clark square off over the affections of white-woman Julia Hancock Barbara Hale. This Technicolor-and-Vistavision film works best as an outdoor adventure; its dramatic scenes tend to bog down in an excess of verbiage. The Far Horizons was based on Sacajawea of the Shoshones, a novel by Della Gould Edmonds.
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Special Features

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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/21/2013
  • UPC: 883929311224
  • Original Release: 1955
  • Rating:

  • Source: Paramount Catalog
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Time: 1:47:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 9,176

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Fred MacMurray Meriwether Lewis
Charlton Heston Bill Clark
Donna Reed Sacajawea
Barbara Hale Julia Hancock
William Demarest Sgt. Cass
Alan Reed Sr. Charboneau
Eduardo Noriega Cameahwait
Larry Pennell Wild Eagle
Ralph Moody Le Borgne
Herbert Heyes President Jefferson
Bob Herron
Margarita Martin
Tom Monroe
Voltaire Perkins
William Phipps
Bill Walker
Lester Matthews Mr. Hancock
Fran Bennett Bit part
Argentina Brunetti Old Crone
Joe Canutt Bit part
Frank Fowler Bit part
Leroy Johnson Bit part
Julia Montoya Crow Woman
Walter Reed Cruzatte
Vernon Rich Bit part
Helen Wallace Mrs. Hancock
Al Wyatt Bit part
Technical Credits
Rudolph Maté Director
Frank Bracht Editor
Sam Comer Set Decoration/Design
Daniel L. Fapp Cinematographer
Edith Head Costumes/Costume Designer
Earl Hedrick Art Director
William McGarry Asst. Director
Winston Miller Screenwriter
Edmund H. North Screenwriter
Hal Pereira Art Director
William Pine Producer
Hans Salter Score Composer
Otto Siegel Set Decoration/Design
William C. Thomas Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Far Horizons
1. Chapter 1 [6:42]
2. Chapter 2 [5:35]
3. Chapter 3 [8:13]
4. Chapter 4 [7:45]
5. Chapter 5 [7:07]
6. Chapter 6 [6:32]
7. Chapter 7 [6:39]
8. Chapter 8 [7:13]
9. Chapter 9 [8:41]
10. Chapter 10 [6:52]
11. Chapter 11 [6:19]
12. Chapter 12 [6:54]
13. Chapter 13 [7:31]
14. Chapter 14 [7:29]
15. Chapter 15 [8:08]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- The Far Horizons
   The Far Horizons: Chapters
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    History Turned on Its Head, or, A Failed Opportunity

    Regarding "Far Horizons" -- historical hilarity is about the case. Has nothing to do with the actual Lewis and Clark expedition. You could play a fun game with fellow Lewis and Clark fans. Give everyone a noise maker (a bell or goose call or sounden horn) and see who can signal the most errors -- in each scene! It is almost truly funny -- in the first half. Contrived phony romantic business from the beginning. Then it becomes impossible and melodramatic and completely corrupts the expedition - battles with Indians, men killed, and L&C at odds, and then estranged, because Clark wants to marry Sacagawea and keeps her in his tipi .... and ML wants to marry Juliet Hancock, who appears to be about age 35, but who is engaged to Clark, after breaking off an understanding with Lewis... Hidatsas in tipis? in the mountains? It was all filmed in the Tetons, even Camp Wood River. This was a big Paramount production with near 1st rate stars, but all that was big wasted opportunity. In spirit, fact, and scenery this film has virtually nothing to do with the historical Lewis and Clark Expedition. Sacagawea has no baby, and ends by speaking to Jefferson, in good English, in the White house. And you thought Hollywood's protrayals of American Indians were bad.

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