Posts from ethanedwards in thread „Run of the Arrow (1957)“

    Run of the Arrow is a 1957 western film written, directed and produced by
    Samuel Fuller and starring Rod Steiger, Brian Keith, Ralph Meeker, Jay C. Flippen
    and a young Charles Bronson.

    Set at the end of the American Civil War, the movie was filmed in Technicolor.

    Production notes
    Run of the Arrow was the first film to use blood squibs to simulate realistic bullet impacts. The movie was filmed at St. George, Utah.

    Originally produced by RKO Radio Pictures, the studio ended its distribution activities before the movie was released. Universal Pictures handled the distribution.

    Sara Montiel's voice is dubbed by Angie Dickinson.

    At the time of its release, critics commented favorably on director
    Samuel Fuller's decision to concentrate on feet in the "run of the arrow" scene
    rather than showing the actors in full. Fuller later explained that Steiger had badly sprained his ankle just before the scene was to be shot and was unable to walk, so he had one of the Indian extras run in Steiger's place.[citation needed]

    The movie is currently available through the Warner Archive Collection.

    Look out for Duke 'Pals', Jay C. Flippen, Olive Carey,Tim McCoy
    Chuck Hayward ,Chuck Roberson, Carleton Young
    and hear Angie Dickinson dubbing Yellow Moccasin (voice) (uncredited)

    User Review

    Much better than similar 'Dances With Wolves'
    18 December 2000 | by amolad (Los Angeles, Calif.)

    Quote from amo

    Jaw-droppingly similar to DANCES WITH WOLVES in story and overall theme, this is a clearer, simpler, shorter, and in every way better movie. Fuller is one of the most visual, cinematic directors who ever worked, and he starts with a premise that is itself utterly visual: Steiger, a Southerner at the end of the Civil War, is so alienated now with both the North and the South that he does the only thing he can -- head West. And so he does, eventually finding himself caught between another war of cultures -- the Indian vs the white man.

    Like all of Fuller's movies, this one is hard-hitting, brutal, emotional and stimulating. It does not sentimentalize the Indians or offer any easy choices for its characters. This is one of Fuller's rare pictures -- not often shown on TV -- but it is highly recommended.




    Plot Summary
    A Rebel vet, O'Meara has refused to surrender when Lee does at Appomattox. O'Meara travels west and after escaping from, he joins the Sioux and takes a wife. After denouncing himself as an American, he must make a choice when the Army and Sioux go to battle.
    Written by Buxx Banner

    Rod Steiger ... O'Meara
    Sara Montiel ... Yellow Moccasin (as Sarita Montiel)
    Brian Keith ... Capt. Clark
    Ralph Meeker ... Lt. Driscoll
    Jay C. Flippen ... Walking Coyote
    Charles Bronson ... Blue Buffalo
    Olive Carey ... Mrs. O'Meara
    H.M. Wynant ... Crazy Wolf (as H. M. Wynant)
    Neyle Morrow ... Lt. Stockwell
    Frank DeKova ... Red Cloud (as Frank De Kova)
    Tim McCoy ... Gen. Allen (as Colonel Tim McCoy)
    Stuart Randall ... Col. Taylor
    Frank Warner ... Banjo Playing Singer
    Billy Miller ... Silent Tongue
    Chuck Hayward ... Corporal
    Chuck Roberson ... Sergeant
    Angie Dickinson ... Yellow Moccasin (voice) (uncredited)
    Carleton Young ... Surgeon (uncredited)
    and many more...

    Samuel Fuller

    Writing Credits
    Samuel Fuller ... (written by)

    Samuel Fulle

    Victor Young

    Joseph F. Biroc

    At the time of its release, many critics commented favorably on director Samuel Fuller's "artistic" decision to concentrate on the feet of the participants in the actual "run of the arrow" rather than showing them in their entirety. In an interview, Fuller said there was a very simple reason for his decision: star Rod Steiger had badly sprained his ankle just before the scene was to be shot and wasn't able to walk, let alone run, so Fuller got one of the Indian extras who was built somewhat like Steiger to run in his place, which is why he shot only feet instead of close-ups or medium shots.

    Sara Montiel's voice is dubbed by Angie Dickinson.

    This was completed in mid-June 1956, but not released until mid-July 1957.

    The film was originally distributed by RKO Radio Pictures, but afterwards Universal-International bought it from RKO and distributed it as a Universal-International picture.

    Although a January 23, 1957, "Hollywood Reporter" news item reports that a song called "The Purple Hills," with music by Victor Young and lyrics by Milton Berle and Buddy Arnold, had been written for this film, the song was not heard in the viewed print.

    Crazy Credits
    The movie closes with the following statement: "The end of this story can only be written by you."


    Memorable Quotes

    Filming Locations
    St. George, Utah, USA

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