A Man Called Horse

A Man Called Horse

DVD - 2003
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An English aristocrat is taken prisoner by a tribe of American Sioux Indians and given to the chief's aging mother as a servant. Gradually, he embraces the tribe's way of life and falls in love with the chief's sister. The constant threat of ambush by a rival tribe and rigors of survival now fill the days of this man called "Horse." He is eventually given a chance to prove his worthiness and be accepted into the tribe. But in order to be accepted with honor as an equal within the tribe, he must endure the Sun Vow.


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Jun 23, 2016

This "Aristocrat-Turned-Savage/Romeo & Juliet" story lost itself some really significant points due to its clueless director, Elliot Silverstein, not being able to make up his mind what sort of light he wanted to shine on the "true" nature of the Sioux Indians.... Were they vicious, sexist, scalp-hunters or were they just harmless, nature-loving, tree-huggers?

But, regardless of what sort of message the director wanted to get across to the audience about the Sioux Indians - I think this film banked far too heavily on the graphically depicted "Sun Vow Ritual" and the obvious effect that it would surely have on the unprepared viewer.

Anyway - Far from even coming close to being a spiritual experience, A Man Called Horse also lost even more points for these 2 things -

(1) The laughable appearance of actor, Richard Harris' cheap-looking, blond wig. (Ha! What a hoot, that was!)

(2) This DVD had the option of subtitles - Yet, when the actors who were playing the Sioux characters spoke in "native-tongue", no translation of this dialogue (and there was plenty of talk here) was ever offered to the viewer. (Duh!)

Feb 03, 2016

If you don't speak Sioux, this isn't for you. Most of the dialogue in in Sioux. No subtitles. Boring.


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