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The Indian Fighter (1955)

The Indian Fighter





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The Indian Fighter is trail guide Kirk Douglas, who agrees to shepherd a wagon train through Sioux territory. Douglas tries to convince the Sioux to leave his charges alone, but such hotheads as drunken white trader Walter Matthau and embittered Indian brave Harry Landers escalate the tensions. Douglas is forced to go "mano y mano" with Landers; Douglas wins, but refuses to kill Landers, having lost his taste for killing. But when Matthau and his partner Lon Chaney Jr. contrive to rob the Indians of their gold, Sioux chief Eduard Franz prepares to wipe out the settlers. Only when Douglas risks life and limb to bring Matthau and Chaney Jr. to justice does Franz relent. Somehow, Kirk Douglas manages to link up with two leading ladies in The Indian Fighter: his Italian "discovery" Elsa Martinelli and his own ex-wife Diana Douglas (wouldn't you liked to have been a fly on the wall at that casting call?) The first film assembled by Douglas' own Bryna Productions, The Indian Fighter is a particular treat when seen in color; incredibly, its first network telecast in 1962 was in black and white.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Western, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Frank Davis, Ben Hecht
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 20, 2003
United Artists

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Kirk Douglas
as Johnny Hawks
Walter Abel
as Capt. Trask
Diana Douglas
as Susan Rogers
Lon Chaney Jr
as Chivington
Eduard Franz
as Red Cloud
Alan Hale Jr.
as Will Crabtree
Michael Winkelman
as Tommy Rogers
Harry Landers
as Grey Wolf
William Phipps
as Lt. Blake
Buzz Henry
as Lt. Shaeffer
Ray Teal
as Morgan
Frank Cady
as Trader Joe
Hank Worden
as Crazy Bear
Lane Chandler
as Head Settler
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Critic Reviews for The Indian Fighter

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | October 31, 2006
New York Times
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Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | July 28, 2002
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

The screenplay lacks intensity.

Full Review… | June 8, 2004
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

June 17, 2005

Audience Reviews for The Indian Fighter


Unexceptional western but Kirk is good as is Walter Matthau in an unusual role for him. A bit of trivia the actress playing the young mother, Diana Douglas, is Kirk's ex-wife and Michael's mother.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

Entertaining but stale Western that could have done a much better job. Some good action scenes make this film worth the view. Douglas seems miscasted in this role for some reason.

Zack B.
Zack Butson

Despite its worthy efforts to address issues of racism and environmentalism, all I took from this film is that Kirk Douglas' character is a serial rapist.

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