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The Far Horizons (1955)

Not Rated | | History, Western | 4 July 1955 (UK)
After purchasing Louisiana from France, the USA sends surveyors Lewis and Clark, assisted by a Shoshone guide, to chart the new territory.

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Rudolph Maté
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Fred MacMurray ... Captain Meriwether Lewis
Charlton Heston ... Lt. William Clark
Donna Reed ... Sacajawea
Barbara Hale ... Julia Hancock
William Demarest ... Sgt. Gass
Alan Reed ... Charboneau
Eduardo Noriega ... Cameahwait
Larry Pennell ... Wild Eagle
Argentina Brunetti ... Old Crone
Julia Montoya Julia Montoya ... Crow woman
Ralph Moody ... Le Borgne
Herbert Heyes ... President Thomas Jefferson
Lester Matthews ... Mr. Hancock
Helen Wallace ... Mrs. Marsha Hancock
Walter Reed ... Cruzatte (helmsman)
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Storyline

United States has just acquired Louisiana from France. An expedition led by Lewis and Clark is sent to survey the territory and go where no white man has gone before. Are they able to overcome the dangers with the help of Sacajawea? Written by Timo Lamminjoki <lamminjo@pcu.helsinki.fi>

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America's boldest adventure !

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History | Western

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 July 1955 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Blue Horizons See more »

Filming Locations:

Jackson Hole, Wyoming, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,600,000
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

According to scriptwriter Winston Miller there was a scene where Charlton Heston is coming down the river and comes across a body on a sand spit with "so many arrows in him he looked like a pin cushion." When Heston uttered the line, "He's dead," the audience found it laughable and the scene changed their acceptance of the film's credibility. The scene had to be re-edited with Heston's line deleted. See more »

Goofs

During the launch scene at Yellowstone Lake Cpt. Lewis orders "Gass, take the point." Later, when they spot the canoe on it's side you hear Sgt. Gass say "That's our point canoe." No explanation is ever given as to how or when the point canoe was changed. See more »

Connections

Featured in The Colgate Comedy Hour: Episode #5.31 (1955) See more »

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River movie
25 December 2001 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

The "river " movie-as opposed to road movie- was born with Huston (African queen,1950),then continued by Preminger's"River of no return"(1954)."The far horizons" is an entertaining adventure yarn,with a nice cinematography ,a good use of the cinemascope and a very fine cast.Donna Reed stands out,her portrayal of the Indian heroine is very modern,and the last sequence is totally unusual in this kind of movie.

The story is divided into a prologue ("civilization"),the main part (the expedition),and an epilogue (back to" civilization").The dialogue is wittier than in an average western.Some remarks about women's position in both societies are smart .

The "river movie" will reach its artistic peak during the seventies with Herzog's "Aguirre,der Zorn Gottes"(1972)(also an expedition!),the same year as John Boorman's "deliverance".In the nineties,it was still hip,as "the river wild" (1994)shows.


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