A Man Called Horse Review

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Richard Harris plays an English lord captured by the Sioux Indians, who give him an allegedly authentic taste of their tribal customs.


Richard Harris gets hung by hooks through his chest in the infamous Sun Vow Initiation sequence, much imitated in video nasties, but otherwise this 1970s hippie-era version of Dances With Wolves is unmemorable.

Harris' masochist excesses as a British nobleman abducted by the Sioux and enduring trials before being accepted as an Injun hardly sit well with such "realistic" touches as casting Dame Judith Anderson as a Sioux matriarch.

Straining for significance at every moment, this is one of a wave of late '60s/early '70s Westerns that represent Hollywood's idea of the counterculture in love beads, feathers and picturesque gore.

Apparently not having that bad a time of it, Harris followed up with three more oddly sado-masochistic Westerns, including Man in the Wilderness (1971), The Deadly Trackers (1973) and The Return of a Man Called Horse (1976).

Of real interest to gorehounds only.