Soldier Blue (1970)

R | 112 mins | Western | 12 August 1970

Director:

Ralph Nelson

Writer:

John Gay

Cinematographer:

Robert Hauser

Editor:

Alex Beaton

Production Designer:

Frank Arrigo

Production Company:

Katzka-Berne Productions
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HISTORY

Exterior scenes filmed in Mexico. Arthur Ornitz was replaced as photographer several weeks into production; Robert Hauser receives screen ... More Less

Exterior scenes filmed in Mexico. Arthur Ornitz was replaced as photographer several weeks into production; Robert Hauser receives screen credit. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
10 Sep 1969
p. 13.
Daily Variety
29 Oct 1969
p. 3.
Daily Variety
30 Oct 1969
p. 8.
Daily Variety
12 Aug 1970
p. 3, 7.
Los Angeles Times
16 Sep 1969
Section G, p. 12.
Los Angeles Times
14 Aug 1970
Section G, p. 1.
Los Angeles Times
14 Aug 1970
Section G, p. 13.
Los Angeles Times
13 Sep 1970
Section P, p. 19.
New York Times
5 Oct 1969
Section D, p. 15.
New York Times
13 Aug 1970
p. 29.
New York Times
20 Sep 1970.
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Variety
20 Aug 1969
p. 32.
Variety
17 Sep 1969
p. 25.
Variety
8 Jul 1970
p. 6.
Variety
6 Jan 1971
p. 11.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
2nd unit dir
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
WRITER
Scr
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Dir photog (see note)
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
COSTUMES
Cost
MUSIC
Mus
SOUND
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
MAKEUP
Makeup
Hairstyles
PRODUCTION MISC
Tech adv
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel Arrow in the Sun by Theodore V. Olsen (New York, 1969).
SONGS
"Soldier Blue" and "No One Told Me," music and lyrics by Buffy Sainte-Marie, sung by Buffy Sainte-Marie.
PERFORMER
DETAILS
Release Date:
12 August 1970
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 12 August 1970
Los Angeles opening: 14 August 1970
Production Date:
began 28 October 1969
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Technicolor, print by Movielab
Widescreen/ratio
Panavision
Duration(in mins):
112
MPAA Rating:
R
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
22615
SYNOPSIS

Cresta Marybelle Lee and Private Honus Gant, the sole survivors of a Cheyenne massacre, set out for Fort Reunion. As they travel, the foulmouthed Cresta reveals that during two years of captivity she was the wife of Spotted Wolf, head of the raiding party, and that she now intends to marry Lieutenant John McNair, her wealthy fiancé. Although menaced by a Kiowa band, the pair is allowed to proceed when Gant bests the Indian leader in a fight. When they encounter gunrunner Isaac Q. Cumber, however, Gant sets the salesman's store afire, and the infuriated Cumber shoots Gant in retaliation. In a secluded cave, Cresta binds the soldier's wounds and the couple make love. Anxious for Gant's recovery, Cresta rushes to Fort Reunion. As she arrives, she learns that the cavalry is bound on a reprisal raid against the Cheyenne. Alarmed, she warns the tribe and discovers Spotted Wolf eager to make peace. Gant reaches the regiment as it, ignoring Spotted Wolf's white flag, massacres, mutilates, rapes, and pillages the Indian encampment. Horrified, he protests and is promptly arrested. Cresta chooses to remain among the ... +


Cresta Marybelle Lee and Private Honus Gant, the sole survivors of a Cheyenne massacre, set out for Fort Reunion. As they travel, the foulmouthed Cresta reveals that during two years of captivity she was the wife of Spotted Wolf, head of the raiding party, and that she now intends to marry Lieutenant John McNair, her wealthy fiancé. Although menaced by a Kiowa band, the pair is allowed to proceed when Gant bests the Indian leader in a fight. When they encounter gunrunner Isaac Q. Cumber, however, Gant sets the salesman's store afire, and the infuriated Cumber shoots Gant in retaliation. In a secluded cave, Cresta binds the soldier's wounds and the couple make love. Anxious for Gant's recovery, Cresta rushes to Fort Reunion. As she arrives, she learns that the cavalry is bound on a reprisal raid against the Cheyenne. Alarmed, she warns the tribe and discovers Spotted Wolf eager to make peace. Gant reaches the regiment as it, ignoring Spotted Wolf's white flag, massacres, mutilates, rapes, and pillages the Indian encampment. Horrified, he protests and is promptly arrested. Cresta chooses to remain among the survivors. +

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