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 Post subject: The Far Horizons
PostPosted: Wed Nov 10, 2010 4:06 pm 
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Directed by: Rudolph Matté
Production year: 1955
Starring: Fred MacMurray, Charlton Heston, Donna Reed


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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?

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NOTE: This thread will be used for general talk of the movie The Far Horizons. If there's anything specific you'd like to discuss, please start a new topic in this section.

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 Post subject: Re: The Far Horizons
PostPosted: Tue Dec 07, 2010 11:30 pm 
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In the FILMS OF CHARLTON HESTON, the author Jeff Rovin wrote:
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Critics voiced approval of Heston's "terse nonchalance,"
a breath of fresh air as opposed to MacMuray's sullenness
(The New York Times), while other critics found Heston's
Clark merely a "likeable, adventurous sort of guy."(Commonweal)
Whatever, Heston had managed to surving yet another average film.


The river scenery is very beautiful! :applause:


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 Post subject: Re: The Far Horizons
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I watched THE FAR HORIZONS for the first time last night since it was shown on BBC television in 1967. Heston was great, his scenes with Donna Reed were very moving. Fred MacMurray seemed out of place, though, but the scenery was mind-blowing!


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 Post subject: Re: The Far Horizons
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I really like the river scenery. :applause:


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 Post subject: Re: The Far Horizons
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THE FAR HORIZONS is on British TCM this week twice this week, under its British reissue title UNTAMED WEST.

I wonder why they bothered to change the title? the original is much better in my opinion!

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/UNTAMED-WEST- ... 0931590726


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 Post subject: Re: The Far Horizons
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Here's a review of THE FAR HORIZONS, and its not a very good one!

https://franceshunter.wordpress.com/200 ... he-movies/

Lewis & Clark at the Movies
September 29, 2009 by Frances Hunter
It seems strange that an adventure as exciting as the Lewis and Clark expedition, with such compelling themes as undying friendship and American triumph over the harshness of nature, has made so little impact in Hollywood. Lewis and Clark movies are sparse on the silver screen. I know of only one feature film that spotlighted the expedition. This was the 1955 flick “The Far Horizons,” directed by the Polish-born Rudolph Maté.


The Far Horizons (1955)
A quick search of Maté’s credits reveals no classics, and “The Far Horizons” is, alas, representative of his body of work. Fred MacMurray stars as Meriwether Lewis, better known as “Merne” (you can just imagine the screenwriters fretting over that sissy first name!). The action opens in 1803, when Jefferson calls “Merne” home to inform him about the Louisiana Purchase and offer him command of the expedition (his exact words are “Whaddyasay?”). As Merne prepares to tear himself away from his lady love, Julia Hancock (Barbara Hale of Perry Mason fame), his old Army buddy Bill Clark (Charlton Heston) shows up and caddishly beats his time. Nonetheless, duty calls, and the pair round up a bunch of men and set off to explore the new land.

Charlton Heston’s Clark hates Indians, and he’s ready to wipe out any tribe that stands in their way…but little does he dream that the biggest danger will be to his heart. Before long, a beautiful Indian maiden named Sacagawea (Donna Reed) saves the Corps of Discovery from attack by the Minnetarees, and she and Clark begin a schmaltzy romance.

Needless to say, history goes by the boards. Churlish Clark gets the credit for discovering the Great Falls, only to decide to chuck it all for his love for Sacagawea. The best scene in the movie comes when crusty Sergeant Gass (William Demarest, who would later play opposite MacMurray as Uncle Charley on “My Three Sons”) breaks up a fistfight between Merne and Bill and chews them out for their childish misbehavior. One only wishes Robbie, Chip, and Ernie were there to enjoy the show.


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 Post subject: Re: The Far Horizons
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Just watched this last night. Pretty solid as Chuck's lesser known films go. The scene where Gass chastises Chuck and MacMurray was a highlight.


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