Reviews

  • Mar 05, 2021

    A minstrel show that should never been made. Racist white people were told that blackface was racist so they decided to wear "redface". It is a remnent of a genocidal past that lives on into the present. Minstrel shows are still being watching and making a profit entertaining racist white people at the expense of indigenous peoples culture. Minstrel shows are a form of cultural genocide and proves that AmeriKKKa today is just as racist as it was before native americans could legally worship their religion. Smutt minstrel films like The Indian Fighter is proof that the United States is an apartheid state committing genocide against indigenous people.

    A minstrel show that should never been made. Racist white people were told that blackface was racist so they decided to wear "redface". It is a remnent of a genocidal past that lives on into the present. Minstrel shows are still being watching and making a profit entertaining racist white people at the expense of indigenous peoples culture. Minstrel shows are a form of cultural genocide and proves that AmeriKKKa today is just as racist as it was before native americans could legally worship their religion. Smutt minstrel films like The Indian Fighter is proof that the United States is an apartheid state committing genocide against indigenous people.

  • May 31, 2020

    Being Kirk Douglas', Bryna Production Company's first commercial feature, it was a sign for what was to come. As good an all-rounder as Mr Douglas was, he was given to an occasional level of ‘showing-off' and this movie was his first chance to demonstrate to what extent he liked to do just that. With so much talent, at many tasks, it's little wonder he was ever so willing to display examples of these gifts. His character as the Indian Fighter is not exactly a good role model in any sense of the word - he forces his advances upon a young native Indian girl till she relents, then puts the lives of his charges in desperate peril to continue dalliances' with her – certainly a flawed character. While the writing credits are impressive this production amounts to little more than a rather typical ‘B' Western of its day. If it could be seen to lift its gain to higher ideals it might be in treating the native Indians with more respect than so many others demonstrated. But, who do we get to play the Indian maiden? None other than Italian actress Elsa Martinelli – an Indian squaw with an Italian accent!! Might this have had something to do with the fact the already married Douglas, was involved in a torrid affair with his co-star...Hmm. Other odd turns had some of the white characters also playing Indians, causing some confusion! Best thing about the entire effort has to be the marvellous CinemaScope, Technicolor cinematography, courtesy of Wilfrid .H. Cline - accompanied by an agreeable score by Franz Waxman. Mr Douglas endangers himself by performing his own considerable horse riding and physical stunts – this often sent him running to the medical unit. This must have not only worried the insurers but forced up his policies considerably. Oh well when you're paying the bills, who cares? Kirk gave us numerous remarkable classics but was always better when working for other producer/directors who were able to reel him in when tempted to go over the top. For action addicts only. The MGM/UA DVD is a superb transfer.

    Being Kirk Douglas', Bryna Production Company's first commercial feature, it was a sign for what was to come. As good an all-rounder as Mr Douglas was, he was given to an occasional level of ‘showing-off' and this movie was his first chance to demonstrate to what extent he liked to do just that. With so much talent, at many tasks, it's little wonder he was ever so willing to display examples of these gifts. His character as the Indian Fighter is not exactly a good role model in any sense of the word - he forces his advances upon a young native Indian girl till she relents, then puts the lives of his charges in desperate peril to continue dalliances' with her – certainly a flawed character. While the writing credits are impressive this production amounts to little more than a rather typical ‘B' Western of its day. If it could be seen to lift its gain to higher ideals it might be in treating the native Indians with more respect than so many others demonstrated. But, who do we get to play the Indian maiden? None other than Italian actress Elsa Martinelli – an Indian squaw with an Italian accent!! Might this have had something to do with the fact the already married Douglas, was involved in a torrid affair with his co-star...Hmm. Other odd turns had some of the white characters also playing Indians, causing some confusion! Best thing about the entire effort has to be the marvellous CinemaScope, Technicolor cinematography, courtesy of Wilfrid .H. Cline - accompanied by an agreeable score by Franz Waxman. Mr Douglas endangers himself by performing his own considerable horse riding and physical stunts – this often sent him running to the medical unit. This must have not only worried the insurers but forced up his policies considerably. Oh well when you're paying the bills, who cares? Kirk gave us numerous remarkable classics but was always better when working for other producer/directors who were able to reel him in when tempted to go over the top. For action addicts only. The MGM/UA DVD is a superb transfer.

  • Feb 16, 2012

    Very minor De Toth film, mostly because it's clearly a star-vehicle. Still, De Toth manages to impart some intensity on the images from time to time.

    Very minor De Toth film, mostly because it's clearly a star-vehicle. Still, De Toth manages to impart some intensity on the images from time to time.

  • Oct 16, 2011

    An average movie...time pass material

    An average movie...time pass material

  • jay n Super Reviewer
    Apr 29, 2011

    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.

    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.

  • Dec 03, 2010

    Great Early Anti-Western in which neither the Whites ore the Indians are the Good or the Bad the Mass of both Sides are tedencial Good-Minded but Ruthless Indivuals on Both Sides make them fight Kirk Douglas is hillarious

    Great Early Anti-Western in which neither the Whites ore the Indians are the Good or the Bad the Mass of both Sides are tedencial Good-Minded but Ruthless Indivuals on Both Sides make them fight Kirk Douglas is hillarious

  • Aug 13, 2010

    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.

    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.

  • Jan 25, 2010

    The Indian Fighter is a solid adventure that has plenty of action and romance and cavalry-Indian fighting. Kirk Douglas is the hero of the story as he guides a wagon train west through Indian country. The supporting cast is also excellent. Franz Waxman contributes a nice score that accompanied this movie. This movie is a must see if you like westerns.

    The Indian Fighter is a solid adventure that has plenty of action and romance and cavalry-Indian fighting. Kirk Douglas is the hero of the story as he guides a wagon train west through Indian country. The supporting cast is also excellent. Franz Waxman contributes a nice score that accompanied this movie. This movie is a must see if you like westerns.

  • Nov 03, 2009

    I really enjoyed this movie.

    I really enjoyed this movie.

  • Sep 05, 2009

    This movie was great. I like the plot great western. Kirk Douglas is the Indian Fighter. He doing his best to keep white people and the American Indian in peace. And he finally does it. Great story line to it.

    This movie was great. I like the plot great western. Kirk Douglas is the Indian Fighter. He doing his best to keep white people and the American Indian in peace. And he finally does it. Great story line to it.