A Man Called Horse / 1970
“The Sioux gave him a choice, live like an animal
or die like one.”
“A man called “Horse” became an Indian warrior
in the most electrifying rituals ever seen.”
Five years after Major Dundee, Harris appeared in his second Western: A Man Called Horse. This time he was at the top of the Bill – and Starring in one of the most controversial Westerns ever made – and of which, much of that controversy is still intact and relevant – over 45 years later.
But first let’s look at some media:
Several depict one of the films controversial features:
The very graphic Native American initiation ceremony –
Hard to watch even to this day.
6 thoughts on “Richard Harris / Cowboy – A Man Called Horse – Part 1”
I didn’t much care for the movie. I did like the book. Maybe that’s why I didn’t like the movie.
Don’t know about the book. I do have the original short story – which I will post. I’m going to re-watch the movie. I don’t think it will be perfect, but I anticipate there will be merit.
Like you say, hard to watch even today. I never did watch it. Did work quite a big with Richard Harris when he would come through with CAMELOT. And I worked with Jean Gascon, who played Batise. I got a post upcoming about Richard’s temper.
Hi Don. I’m going to watch it again right away. I bet it’s better than I recall. “Man in the Wilderness” was. I wished I’d met Harris. I worked as a set painter on Eastwood’s “Unforgiven”, but met none of the actors. I was always working at another location. I love Camelot. Grew up the music. My parents were great fans of the musicals and we had all the records and saw all the Musical films. I look forward to you post on Harris.
There were members of that tribes that practice this ceremony considered the revealing of this rite to be sacrilegious. It had been a secret rite ceremony. I wonder if it’s portrayed properly of accurately? In any event, it’s a safe bet we don’t understand it. However, Initiation Rites of certain cultures often seem to involve pain or painful tests of some kind. ? Walking on fire – painful body modifications. Not sure why? Passing it over to you.
When I describe the Sun Dance to my classes, they tend to cringe.