Grayeagle/Winterhawk [Blu-ray]

A pair of frontier dramas from Charles B. Pierce Film Productions are available in this collection. Winterhawk (1975), set in 1870's Montana, stars Leif Erickson as {Guthrie, a fur trapper who becomes trapped in a bloody conflict between Chief Winterhawk and his tribe, and a group of violent trappers who revolt after two women from their community are abducted by Winterhawk himself. Grayeagle (1977) stars Ben Johnson as John Colter, a trapper looking to find the Cheyenne tribe member who kidnapped his daughter, Beth (Lana Wood), who has begun to fall for her captor. Iron Eyes Cody co-stars.
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This melodramatic adventure follows the exploits of a young Blackfoot Indian who goes to the Anglos for some badly needed smallpox serum. Instead of helping him, they attack. The young man is enraged and retaliates by kidnapping two young people from the unfriendly settlement. He takes them through beautiful wild country, and as they go he and his female hostage begin falling in love. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi

Grayeagle is a barely disguised reworking of John Ford's The Searchers, with Ford stock company alumnus Ben Johnson essaying the John Wayne role, and Lana Wood playing a character not unlike the one portrayed by her sister Natalie in the earlier film. The major difference is that Grayeagle is told largely from the Indians' point of view. Johnson plays John Colter, who devotes his life to tracking down Cheyenne brave Grayeagle (Alex Cord), the kidnapper of his daughter Beth (Lana Wood). One of the new plot wrinkles is the revelation that Cheyenne Chief Running Wolf (Paul Fix), and not Colter, is Beth's real father, so who's rescuing whom from what? Other veteran performers participating in Grayeagle are Jack Elam and Iron Eyes Cody, while producer-director-writer Charles Pierce also shows up in a small role. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Leif Erickson
    Leif Erickson - Guthrie
  • Woody Strode
    Woody Strode - Big Rude
  • Denver Pyle
    Denver Pyle - Arkansas
  • L.Q. Jones
    L.Q. Jones - Gates
  • Michael Dante
    Michael Dante - Winterhawk
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