Flap (1970)

106 mins | Comedy-drama | 1970

Director:

Carol Reed

Writer:

Clair Huffaker

Producer:

Jerry Adler

Cinematographer:

Fred Koenekamp

Production Designer:

Art Loel

Production Company:

Warner Bros. Pictures
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HISTORY

Location scenes filmed in New Mexico. Prerelease titles: Nobody Loves a Drunken Indian and Nobody Loves Flapping Eagle ... More Less

Location scenes filmed in New Mexico. Prerelease titles: Nobody Loves a Drunken Indian and Nobody Loves Flapping Eagle . More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
2nd unit dir
Asst dir
Asst dir
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Cam op
Asst cam
Asst cam
Asst cam
Asst cam
2nd unit photog
ART DIRECTORS
Prod des
Art dir
FILM EDITORS
Film ed
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
MUSIC
MAKEUP
Hairstyles
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod supv
Scr supv
Stills
Constr coordinator
Animal trainer
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel Nobody Loves a Drunken Indian by Clair Huffaker (New York, 1967).
SONGS
"If Nobody Loves," music and lyrics by Marvin Hamlisch and Estelle Levitt, sung by Kenny Rogers and the First Edition.
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Nobody Loves Flapping Eagle
Nobody Loves a Drunken Indian
Premiere Information:
Albuquerque, New Mexico, opening: 19 November 1970
Copyright Claimant:
Warner Bros. Pictures
Copyright Date:
24 April 1970
Copyright Number:
LP42628
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Technicolor
Widescreen/ratio
Panavision
Duration(in mins):
106
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Flap, a hard-drinking Indian who lives on an impoverished reservation in the Southwest, is in a constant state of anger over the mistreatment of his tribe. Moreover, he argues incessantly with his mistress Dorothy Bluebell, the madam of the local brothel who resents his unfaithfulness to her. Flap gets drunk one night and commandeers and destroys a bulldozer belonging to a road construction company which is encroaching on the reservation. Flap's act, intended to attract attention to the Indians' cause, results in a heated dispute between Flap and his longtime enemy, Rafferty, a halfbreed and the town's brutal police sergeant. Wounded Bear Mr. Smith, a crony of Flap's and a self-made lawyer who is an expert on Indian treaties, advises Flap that anything abandoned on an Indian reservation becomes Indian property, whereupon Flap and his friends steal a train and roll it onto the reservation, intending to claim it as Indian property. This daring act is noticed by the news services, whose representatives soon arrive at the reservation looking for Flap; but he is hiding out in the mountains, regrouping his forces for a protest march on the town. They parade down Main Street in an attempt to make people see the Indians' plight. Rafferty, in the hospital recovering from a beating he received from Flap because he maliciously caused a comrade of Flap's to suffer a fatal heart attack by cold-bloodedly shooting the man's dog, sees the protest march and from his hospital window assassinates the Indian leader as he speaks in the town ... +


Flap, a hard-drinking Indian who lives on an impoverished reservation in the Southwest, is in a constant state of anger over the mistreatment of his tribe. Moreover, he argues incessantly with his mistress Dorothy Bluebell, the madam of the local brothel who resents his unfaithfulness to her. Flap gets drunk one night and commandeers and destroys a bulldozer belonging to a road construction company which is encroaching on the reservation. Flap's act, intended to attract attention to the Indians' cause, results in a heated dispute between Flap and his longtime enemy, Rafferty, a halfbreed and the town's brutal police sergeant. Wounded Bear Mr. Smith, a crony of Flap's and a self-made lawyer who is an expert on Indian treaties, advises Flap that anything abandoned on an Indian reservation becomes Indian property, whereupon Flap and his friends steal a train and roll it onto the reservation, intending to claim it as Indian property. This daring act is noticed by the news services, whose representatives soon arrive at the reservation looking for Flap; but he is hiding out in the mountains, regrouping his forces for a protest march on the town. They parade down Main Street in an attempt to make people see the Indians' plight. Rafferty, in the hospital recovering from a beating he received from Flap because he maliciously caused a comrade of Flap's to suffer a fatal heart attack by cold-bloodedly shooting the man's dog, sees the protest march and from his hospital window assassinates the Indian leader as he speaks in the town square. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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