Cheyenne Autumn 1964

Cheyenne Autumn

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Large-scale frontier epic telling the true story of a band of Cheyenne Indians who, starved nearly to extinction on an inhospitable reservation, embark on the long trek back to their distant ancestral homelands in Wyoming, despite opposition from the US Army. Their journey revives old hatreds - and the threat of war.

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Richard Widmark
Capt. Thomas Archer
Carroll Baker
Deborah Wright
Karl Malden
Capt. Wessels
Dolores del Río
Spanish Woman
Sal Mineo
Red Shirt
Edward G. Robinson
Secretary of the Interior
Arthur Kennedy
Doc Holliday
John Ford
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Bernard Smith
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John Ford
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James R. Webb
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Critic Reviews for Cheyenne Autumn

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  • A sort of frontier Exodus that's filmed with a majestic passion for the wild lands and for its indigenous dwellers.

    December 17, 2012 | Full Review…
  • Somewhere in the telling, the original premise of the Mari Sandoz novel is lost sight of in a wholesale insertion of extraneous incidents which bear little or no relation to the subject.

    September 4, 2007 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

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  • Over-long, often clichd and uneven (there are comic interludes complete with cameo performances), but still imbued with moments of true poetry, thanks largely to William Clothier's magnificent Panavision landscapes.

    February 9, 2006 | Full Review…

    Geoff Andrew

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  • Cheyenne Autumn is a strong film, grandly directed and expertly played by a large cast.

    May 9, 2005 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • A melancholy epic which [John Ford] seems to have directed under the misapprehension that it was an action comedy.

    March 16, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Cheyenne Autumn is a blockbuster of a Western-but unfortunately also a bust.

    July 16, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Cheyenne Autumn

  • Jun 04, 2010
    In 1878 a band of Cheyenne, tired of the conditions that they were enduring, broke the reservation and started north to their native homelands in Wyoming. They were led by their three chiefs played by Victor Jory, Ricardo Montalban, and Gilbert Roland. Jory dies along the way. The army goes after them and Captain Richard Widmark takes command after Major George O'Brien is killed. Widmark has another reason for pursuit. It seems as though school teacher Carroll Baker is with the fleeing Cheyenne. Baker gives poignancy to her portrayal of a young Quaker woman, who considers it her Christian duty to look after the orphan children of the Cheyenne. Richard Widmark and Edward G. Robinson enact Americans with a conscience, none too happy with the assignments required by their government and reluctantly lead his troops in pursuit of the tribe. Envision a journey on foot against hostile terrain and enemy soldiers, and this will make anyone appreciate just what these people did to maintain their honor and freedom. However the story is bizarrely interrupted by a lengthy James Stewart and Arthur Kennedy as Wyatt Earp and and Doc Holliday scene in the middle of the film that is not remotely connected to the main theme and left me just a little confused.
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  • Sep 24, 2007
    "A dream is a dead end disguised as an escape." Very beautiful, very flawed. 1,500 mile epic journey never seems to leave Monument Valley. Was John Ford saying something or was he just lazy?
    Bob S Super Reviewer

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