Genre Guesstimation – A Man Called Horse (1970)


The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s genre has been chosen by Joel Watches Movies and we will be reviewing our favorite Movies of the Outdoors (any movie set primarily outside and where nature figures significantly into their plot or themes.)

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of Jul by sending them to outdoorjoel@movierob.net

Try to think out of the box! Great choice Joel!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Movies of the Outdoors ……

“It just occurred to me… I’ve traveled halfway around the world, at great expense, simply to kill a different kind of bird. ” – John Morgan

Number of Times Seen – 1 (8 Jul 2021)

Brief Synopsis – A British hunter is captured by Indians and becomes a part of their tribe as he learns how their culture works.

My Take on it – This is a film that I recall hearing about years ago and never had a chance to check it out.

When Joel chose this month’s genre, I figured it would be a great opportunity to finally see what this film was all about since I only knew that it took place on an Indian Reservation.

The story itself has some very fascinating aspects to it, but it’s presented in a long and somewhat boring way which takes so much away from things.

Richard Harris was a superb actor and he does a wonderful job in this film as a fish out of water who does all that he can in order to earn about his enemy; first, as he seeks a way to escape and afterwards as a way to try and become their leader.

There are parts of this film that are reminiscent of what was done 20 years later in Dances With Wolves (1990), but they aren’t able to find a way to keep things feeling more engaging and enjoyable as the story progresses.

This movie spurned two sequels which I will eventually check out, but I’m not in any rush to try and watch them after seeing this one.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – For his painful Vow to the Sun initiation ceremony scene, Richard Harris wore a prosthetic chest created by make-up artist John Chambers. (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Not really.

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)

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