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Cheyenne Autumn (1964) was a Drama - Historical Film directed by John Ford and produced by John Ford and Bernard Smith.

Academy Awards 1964 --- Ceremony Number 37 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best CinematographyWilliam H. ClothierNominated
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Cheyenne Autumn (1964)

By Beatrice on May 20, 2018 From Flickers in Time

Cheyenne Autumn Directed by John Ford Written by James R. Webb, suggested by “Cheyenne Autumn” by Mari Sandoz 1964/USA Warner Bros./Ford-Smith Productions First viewing/Netflix rental This beautiful movie represents the peak of John Ford’s later career. It is 1878. ?The Cheyenne In... Read full article


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Miss Plantagenet: You thought this was the prettiest dress you ever saw. Why, you couldn't take your eyes off it.
Wyatt Earp: Well now, that was when I was ten high. Now I'm ace high.


Spanish Woman: They are angry... because my son fired the first shot.
Deborah Wright: Does it ever matter who fires the first shot?


Capt. Thomas Archer: Have you ever seen a Cheyenne?
Deborah Wright: Of course I have.
Capt. Thomas Archer: No you haven't! All you've ever seen is reservation Indians looking pitiful as fish out of water. But give them a chance and they're the greatest fighters in the world. Will you listen to me? It takes a blue coat to make a white man a soldier... but a Cheyenne is a soldier from the first slap on his butt. War is his life. He's fierce, he's smart... and he's meaner than sin!


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Average Shot Length = ~11.6 seconds. Median Shot Length = ~11.2 seconds.
The "Cheyenne" are actually Navajo, telling dirty jokes in their native tongue.
When film critic Peter Bogdanovich visited the set to interview John Ford, he was introduced to Nancy Hsueh, who played Little Bird, whom Bogdanovich later cast in his first film, Targets. While Bogdanovich was on the set, Sal Mineo recommended the book "The Last Picture Show" by Larry McMurtry to him, which became his second film as director seven years later.
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