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Cheyenne Autumn (1964)

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Budget $4,200,000

Running Time
2 hours, 34 minutes

Country USA

Studio Warner Brothers

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Other Titles
• Cheyenne Autumn
• Cheyenne (1965)
• John Ford's Cheyenne Autumn (1964)
• The Long Flight (1964)

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Genre: Western, Tragedy, Epic, Society, Culture Clash, Prison

Tagline: 1,500 miles of heroism and incredible adventure!

Plot: Plagued by ill health and hampered by the obtuse decisions of dull-witted studio chiefs, John Ford had reached a point in his life not unlike that of the tribe he depicts in CHEYENNE AUTUMN, his final Western. A large majority of the remaining 1000 members of the Cheyenne tribe forced onto an Oklahoma reservation in the 1870s have been killed by disease and starvation while waiting a year for promised government aid. Driven by the need to survive, the last 250-odd Indians begin an arduous 1,500 mile trek to their ancestral lands in Wyoming, accompanied by Quaker schoolteacher Deborah Wright (Carroll Baker). The army dispatches Capt. Thomas Archer (Richard Widmark), Deborah's fiancé, to pursue the Cheyenne, a task for which he has little liking. En route, the hot-blooded Red Shirt (Sal Mineo) battles with army troops, and the incidents are exaggerated by the press, which calls for a vigorous response to the "marauding savages." As the journey continues, the stoic Cheyenne must endure the rank stupidity and malign indifference of their Caucasian usurpers. The star-studded cast, including James Stewart, Edward G. Robinson, Karl Malden, Ricardo Montalban, Dolores Del Rio, and Arthur Kennedy, perform admirably in a film graced by William Clothier's epic photography of the

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 Directed by
John Ford
The Searchers, The Grapes of Wrath, The Quiet Man
 Written by
James R. Webb
Cape Fear, Cape Fear, How the West Was Won
Richard Widmark
Murder on the Orient Express, Coma, Judgment at Nuremberg
Karl Malden
On the Waterfront, Patton, A Streetcar Named Desire
Sal Mineo
Rebel Without a Cause, Giant, Escape from the Planet of the Apes
Ricardo Montalban
Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan, The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!, Spy Kids 2: Island of Lost Dreams
Gilbert Roland
Around the World in Eighty Days, The Bad and the Beautiful, The Sea Hawk
James Stewart
Rear Window, Vertigo, It's a Wonderful Life
Carroll Baker
The Game, Kindergarten Cop, Giant
 Music By
Alex North
Spartacus, Good Morning, Vietnam, A Streetcar Named Desire

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