A soaring and not to be missed tale from another era
Return of a Man Called Horse 1976 sequel to the groundbreaking 1970 A Man Called Horse may be niche interest for some but stands up to thoughtful scrutiny as well today as 30 years ago-Richard Harris brings strength and humanity to his sequel role and despite the oft mentioned draw backs to this follow up movie, these are trivial compared to the sheer passion and sweep of this quite unusual western tale.
Beautifully filmed in Durango State Mexico where many western movies of that era were made, i love the fine natural back drop to the well displayed action scenes including an unusual portrayal near the film end of native american women fighting an engagement in defence of their right to survive in their own heart land.
Looking beyond the few inconsistencies, the sheer spleandour of this exciting and valiant tale comes through every single time.I watched Return of a Man Called Horse first time in a cinema in england in 1977- instantly enthralled -and numerous times on tv or cable in the years since it's release. i am now in my fifties and this movie and it's genre excites my inner passion as much now as in my youth.
It may assist some viewers movie experience to have a bit of knowledge of the plains indian culture of the early to mid 1800's and to move away from old pre-conceptions and some of the less than accurate popularist themes of many 20th century westerns.
I hope one day to visit the film locations in Mexico and custer state park USA.