The Return of a Man Called Horse

Directed by Irvin Kershner
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The Return of a Man Called Horse (1976) In the 1840s, trappers with government backing push the Yellow Hands Sioux off their sacred land; they retreat into an apocalyptic spirituality, passively waiting for supernatural wrath to descend on their usurpers. Meanwhile, in England, Lord John Morgan feels his spirit weaken, so he returns to America to live again with the Yellow Hand. Finding them dispirited, he invigorates them as well as himself through self-imposed torture and other rituals. Once he convinces the clan to take direct action, Horse must devise a strategy to take the trappers' fort. The clan's women and boys take on special assignments to aid the assault to regain the sacred land.


Irvin Kershner


Jack DeWitt (written by)

Dorothy M. Johnson (characters)


Richard Harris... John Morgan

Gale Sondergaard... Elk Woman

Geoffrey Lewis... Zenas

William Lucking... Tom Gryce (as Bill Lucking)

Jorge Luke... Running Bull

Jorge Russek... Blacksmith

Claudio Brook... Chemin De Fer (as Claudio Brooke)

Enrique Lucero... Raven

Regino Herrera... Lame Wolf

Pedro Damián... Standing Bear (as Pedro Damian)

Humberto López... Thin Dog (as Humberto Lopez)

Alberto Mariscal... Red Cloud

Eugenia Dolores... Brown Dove

Patricia Reyes Spíndola... Gray Thorn

Ana De Sade... Moon Star


  • Director Irvin Kershner has said that of all his films, this one has the best score (by Laurence Rosenthal), as it plays like a small scale opera.