The Savage

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Released 1952

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Director:
George Marshall
Released:
1952
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The Savage is a 1952 Western directed by George Marshall. After Crow Indians raid a wagon train, Jim Aherne (Charlton Heston) is the only survivor. Kind Sioux Indians, led by Chief Yellow Bonnet (Ian MacDonald), decide to take the white boy into their tribe and raise him as one of their own. They rename him War Bonnet, and he is brought up to be a fine Sioux warrior. When gold is discovered in the Black Hills, the U.S. Army decides to mine it despite an old treaty claiming that the hills are in Sioux territory. As the tension heats up between the Indians and the white army, War Bonnet is called upon to act as a mediator between the two groups. Ultimately, War Bonnet must decide if his loyalties lie with the whites, who are related to him by blood, or the Sioux, who are the only family he has ever known.

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