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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 !

Genres:

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, 31 December 1955
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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

The romance between Clark and Sacajawea, and the Indian warrior's jealousy of Clark are fiction. Sacajawea was married to a French-Canadian fur trapper when she met Clark, and there no historical basis to suggest that her and Clark's relationship was anything other than professional. Needless to say, she did not accompany Clark back to Washington, as shown in the film. See more »

Connections

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

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Colorful adventure but not true history
8 May 2013 | by jjnxn-1See all my reviews

For what it is, an almost total fabrication of the events involved in the exploration of the Louisiana territory, the film is an enjoyable, beautifully shot adventure but for the real story look elsewhere. Donna Reed is ridiculously cast as Sacajawea, Katy Jurado who was actively working in Hollywood at the time would have been far more suitable. She gives an earnest reading of the part but if this is the best the studios could find for her after her Oscar win it's little wonder that she had moved over to TV within a few years. MacMurray although first billed actually disappears for several stretches of the film and Heston, who is ideal in this sort of picture, carries the bulk of the movie.


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