Cheyenne Autumn
Cheyenne Autumn (1964)

John Ford's last western film, Cheyenne Autumn was allegedly produced to compensate for the hundreds of Native Americans who had bitten the dust in Ford's earlier films (that was the director's story, anyway). Set in 1887, the… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 3, 1964
DVD Release Date: June 6, 2006
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Richard Brody
New Yorker

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

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

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

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Emanuel Levy

The film is often described as Ford's apology to the Indians for their stereotypical portrayal in previous films, but though they are treated more sympathetically, they still emerge as members (or symbols) of a mass rather than flesh and blood individuals

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Variety Staff

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.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Aside from all this nonsense, it never loses its John Ford touch.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A big mess.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Over-long, often clichéd 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.

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TV Guide

Flawed on several levels, Ford's perception of a proud people seen through a white man's eyes is ultimately a highly compelling and deeply personal apologia.

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Ford's compositions (he was 69 at the time) are as noble as ever, but a feeling of fatigue hangs over the whole enterprise.

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Bob Stinson
"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… More
Deb S
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… More
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