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White Feather

1955 1h 42m Western List
Reviews 62% Audience Score 50+ Ratings
Army surveyor Josh Tanner (Robert Wagner) befriends a Cheyenne tribe living near Fort Laramie in the 1870s. Unlike neighboring tribes who signed peace treaties and moved to reservations, the Cheyenne remain unbowed. Tanner's friendship with warriors Little Dog (Jeffrey Hunter) and American Horse (Hugh O'Brian) leads to a treaty with Chief Broken Hand (Eduard Franz), but when Tanner falls for the beautiful Appearing Day (Debra Paget), whom American Horse loves, that peace is threatened. Read More Read Less

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Clyde Gilmour Maclean's Magazine An eye-filling widescreen western, recommended for youngsters and tolerable for adults. Nov 7, 2019 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews Sympathetic to the Indian plight. Rated: B- Sep 10, 2004 Full Review Read all reviews

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Audience Member Wow, this is one of the best ones I’ve ever seen. I highly recommend it, James Welch, Henderson, Arkansas, April 29, 2023. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 04/29/23 Full Review Audience Member For being a mid 1950's western and making an effort in presenting the Cheyenne culture in a supposed realistic manner, White Feather still manage to show much of the bottom line racism and prejudice of the time, with 'indian' looking actors in the main roles, expected cultural clischés and a naive fabricated language. However, the film is an early and perhaps honest attempt on creating a more realistic view on the 'Native American' as they attended in westerns from around 15 years later on. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Audience Member Even thought the film is certainly fictitious, it is beautifully filmed and stunning in costume and detail. The Old West has n ver looked so good nor have the American Indian looked so majestic. White Feather was one of the very first films I saw as a child and it was because of it that I learned to feel sympathy for Indians and develop a love for their culture and history. I recommend it also for its ending, which is poignant and magnificent in its uniqueness. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/19/23 Full Review Audience Member I like some of these old westerns. At least they had a good plot. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/19/23 Full Review Audience Member Great cinematography and good acting make this a worthwhile film about the West and the encroachment on the tribes' land by the US Government acting on behalf of white Americans. It shows the "noble savage" side of the Cheyenne very favorably and the whites are shown realistically - some are sympathetic to the plight of the Indians. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/26/23 Full Review Audience Member A better version of Broken Arrow, though the attempt to humanize the Indians still comes across as patronizing. The real joy here is Lucien Ballard's stunning photography. Some shots of landscapes with geometrical disbursements of people in the frame suggest 1960s Miklos Jancso. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/26/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Army surveyor Josh Tanner (Robert Wagner) befriends a Cheyenne tribe living near Fort Laramie in the 1870s. Unlike neighboring tribes who signed peace treaties and moved to reservations, the Cheyenne remain unbowed. Tanner's friendship with warriors Little Dog (Jeffrey Hunter) and American Horse (Hugh O'Brian) leads to a treaty with Chief Broken Hand (Eduard Franz), but when Tanner falls for the beautiful Appearing Day (Debra Paget), whom American Horse loves, that peace is threatened.
Director
Robert D. Webb
Producer
Robert L. Jacks
Production Co
Panoramic Pictures
Genre
Western
Original Language
English
Release Date (DVD)
May 22, 2007
Runtime
1h 42m