Mustang Country (1976)

G | 79 mins | Western | 19 November 1976

Director:

John Champion

Writer:

John Champion

Producer:

John Champion

Cinematographer:

J. Barry Herron

Production Company:

Universal Pictures
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HISTORY

A 28 Apr 1975 Box news item stated that principal photography began 20 May 1975.        The film was shot on location at Banff, Alberta, Canada.
       According to a 15 Apr 1976 Var article, Mustang Country was awarded “Outstanding Family Entertainment Motion Picture” by the National Cowboy Hall of Fame. ... More Less

A 28 Apr 1975 Box news item stated that principal photography began 20 May 1975.        The film was shot on location at Banff, Alberta, Canada.
       According to a 15 Apr 1976 Var article, Mustang Country was awarded “Outstanding Family Entertainment Motion Picture” by the National Cowboy Hall of Fame.
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GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
28 Apr 1976.
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Variety
15 Apr 1976
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Variety
24 Mar 1976.
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CAST
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT

NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Unit prod mgr/1st asst dir
2d asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
FILM EDITOR
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
MUSIC
SOUND
VISUAL EFFECTS
Titles & opt eff
PRODUCTION MISC
Scr supv
COLOR PERSONNEL
Col by
SOURCES
SONGS
"Follow Your Restless Dreams," lyrics Joe Henry, music Lee Holdridge, sung by Denny Brooks.
DETAILS
Release Date:
19 November 1976
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles opening: 19 November 1976
Production Date:
began 20 May 1975 in Canada
Copyright Claimant:
Universal City Studios, LLLP
Copyright Date:
19 March 1976
Copyright Number:
LP46549
Physical Properties:
Sound
Westrex® Recording Systems
Color
Duration(in mins):
79
MPAA Rating:
G
Countries:
Canada, United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

In 1925, Dan Treagle, an old cowboy, is riding high in the Rockies on the Montana-Canada border with his dog Luke and his horse Rosie, in search of Shoshone, a wild mustang. Luke gets Shoshone’s scent and Dan tells Luke that the Shoshone is the only Mustang they could not catch in last years round up. As Dan watches, two cowboys, Griff and Tee Jay, ride out from the woods and chase the horse across the meadow. Tee Jay lassos the animal, but Shoshone runs around a tree and the rope snaps. Dan tells Luke they might as well make camp, as there is no way to catch Shoshone now. Griff and Tee Jay chase the horse to the edge of a cliff and Shoshone leaps forty feet into the river below. Tee Jay and Griff ride into Dan’s camp and tell Dan they are giving up chasing Shoshone and heading home. They ask Dan to come along, but he says he needs the reward money that Shoshone will bring. Later, Dan spots Shoshone drinking at a river. He circles around the mustang, then whistles to Luke to chase the stallion into deep water. Dan gives chase and lassos Shoshone, who is too much for him and both he and Rosie are thrown into the water. Rosie gets up, but Dan floats face down. Luke jumps in and drags the unconscious Dan onto the shore. Nika, a young Native American boy, comes to help, but Luke blocks his path. Nika calmly tells Luke he is a friend. He tosses the dog some ... +


In 1925, Dan Treagle, an old cowboy, is riding high in the Rockies on the Montana-Canada border with his dog Luke and his horse Rosie, in search of Shoshone, a wild mustang. Luke gets Shoshone’s scent and Dan tells Luke that the Shoshone is the only Mustang they could not catch in last years round up. As Dan watches, two cowboys, Griff and Tee Jay, ride out from the woods and chase the horse across the meadow. Tee Jay lassos the animal, but Shoshone runs around a tree and the rope snaps. Dan tells Luke they might as well make camp, as there is no way to catch Shoshone now. Griff and Tee Jay chase the horse to the edge of a cliff and Shoshone leaps forty feet into the river below. Tee Jay and Griff ride into Dan’s camp and tell Dan they are giving up chasing Shoshone and heading home. They ask Dan to come along, but he says he needs the reward money that Shoshone will bring. Later, Dan spots Shoshone drinking at a river. He circles around the mustang, then whistles to Luke to chase the stallion into deep water. Dan gives chase and lassos Shoshone, who is too much for him and both he and Rosie are thrown into the water. Rosie gets up, but Dan floats face down. Luke jumps in and drags the unconscious Dan onto the shore. Nika, a young Native American boy, comes to help, but Luke blocks his path. Nika calmly tells Luke he is a friend. He tosses the dog some beef jerky, then pulls Dan further on shore and builds a fire to dry Dan’s clothes. When Dan comes to, he learns that Nika is a runaway from an Indian boarding school. Nika’s parents died in the last blizzard and he is going to live with his grandfather. Dan tells the boy he is heading home in the morning and he can give Nika a ride. The next day, Dan takes Nika to his grandfather’s home, only to find the old man has died and his body being prepared for burial. After allowing Nika to mourn, Dan asks Nika what his plans are. Nika answers that he is going after Shoshone himself so he can give the reward to his grandmother. Dan makes a deal that he will help Nika for seven days and if they get the mustang they will split the reward. They return to the high country to track Shoshone. As they near, the wild horse smells them coming. Shoshone walks backward into the woods, and watches as Dan and Nika become confused. Dan says he does not mind getting outsmarted by people, but he draws a line at horses. That night, Dan tells Nika he was a rodeo star until he got married. After is wife died, he worked on cattle ranches, moved onto his son-in-law’s ranch and raised sheep. The reason he needs the reward money is that a grizzly bear named Three Toes killed all his sheep and left Luke with a broken shoulder. When he expresses his desire to kill Two Toes, Nika accuses him of seeking revenge. Dan explains that he hates any animal that kills just for the fun of it. The next day, Dan comes up with a plan to trick Shoshone into a corral by using berries as bait. Over several days, he and Nika build the corral and lay a trail of berries. A rattlesnake almost bites Nika, but Luke attacks it and Dan kills it by stomping on its head. Nika is worried that time is running out, but Dan ignores the time limit, as they have a horse to catch. Shoshone walks up to the corral, but is frightened off by the growl of a grizzly bear. Hours later, Shoshone returns and walks into the corral. Dan has Luke chase him further in as he closes the gate. Shoshone runs straight at him, leaps the six-foot fence, and runs for freedom. Dan and Nika ride back to their camp and find it torn apart. Nika finds bear tracks and Dan realizes they belong to Three Toes. Luke catches Three Toes scent and runs after the bear. Dan tells Nika he to stay in camp, but Nika asks what is he supposed to do if the bear comes back? Luke attacks Three Toes and the bear kills the dog. Dan and Nika find Luke’s body and build a cairn over his burial site, then Dan tells Nika that they are heading home. Nika wants to stay with Dan and hunt Three Toes, but Dan tells the boy it is not safe. That night, lightning hits the tree Rosie is tied to. The horse runs off and the next morning Dan and Nika set out to find her. They spot Shoshone, who leads them to Rosie. The horse is mired in a bog and Nika and Dan are not strong enough to pull her out. Nika talks to Shoshone and gives him berries, allowing Dan to lasso the animal. With Shoshone’s help, they pull Rosie from the mud. For the next few days, they train Shoshone, then ride down the mountain. Dan explains that the mustang could leave at anytime, but is staying to be with Rosie. Halfway home they notice Rosie limping. They decide to rest her at a burned out ranch. That night, Three Toes attacks the horses. In his effort to rescue them, Dan is clawed by the bear. As Dan lies in the mud, Shoshone leaps forward and attacks the bear. Dan crawls to his rifle and kills Three Toes. The next morning they all ride home. +

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Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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