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About the Movie
Beautifully restored to its original length with footage not seen in two decades, John Ford's last Western masterpiece chronicles the struggle by Cheyenne Indians to migrate homeward across the Great Plains in 1878. Featuring an all-star cast including Richard Widmark and Jimmy Stewart.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 10
- Fresh: 7
- Rotten: 3
- Average Rating: 6.1/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: Cheyenne Autumn is a strong film, grandly directed and expertly played by a large cast.
Rotten: 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.
Fresh: A sort of frontier Exodus that's filmed with a majestic passion for the wild lands and for its indigenous dwellers.
Fresh: Over-long, often cliched 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.
John Ford's depiction of the plight of the Native American in the West is one of the most accurate and authentic portrayals I have ever seen. At the same time the breath-taking Monument Valley setting for parts of the movie has a way of pulling you into every scene and makes the film even more gripping. I've watched Cheyenne Autumn on several occasions, and it never ceases to impact me both emotionally and visually.
John Ford was just another white man trying to explain a culture not his own.