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Stolen Women, Captured Hearts (1997)

In 1868 Kansas, a Lakota Sioux warrior stubbornly refuses to free the 2 white women he kidnapped, triggering a war between his tribe and General Custer's rescuing troops.

Director:

Jerry London

Writer:

Richard Fielder
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Janine Turner ... Anna Brewster-Morgan
Jean Louisa Kelly ... Sarah White
Patrick Bergin ... Daniel Morgan
William Shockley ... General George Armstrong Custer
Michael Greyeyes ... Tokalah
Rodney A. Grant
Saginaw Grant ... Chief Luta
William Lightning William Lightning ... Cetah
Dennis Weaver ... Captain Farnsworth
Kateri Walker ... Manipi
Selina Jayne Selina Jayne ... Kimimila
Apesanahkwat ... Bloody Knife
Peggy Freisen Peggy Freisen ... Emma
Elisabeth Ryall Elisabeth Ryall ... Mary
Buck Baker ... Dooley (as Allen Baker)
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Storyline

Kansas, 1868. A wagon train is attacked by a band of Lakota Sioux led by the young and athletic warrior Tokalah. The attractive, red haired Anna Brewster-Morgan and her friend Sarah White are on this wagon train too. When Tokalah noticed a terrified Anna with a Bible, he thinks this is an omen. Despite killing the other passengers of the wagon train, only Anna and Sarah may continue their voyage. The next day Anna and Sarah are kidnapped by Tokalah. At first terrified of her captors, the unhappily married Anna eventually falls in love with the noble, honorable Tokalah. After a year's captivity, Sarah is returned to her own people. Anna now must choose between her new life with Tokalah and her previous existence as the wife of farmer Daniel Morgan. Written by Robert

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She was a beautiful woman abducted by a Sioux warrior. Now she must choose between the world she lost and the love she found.

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Drama | Romance | Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 March 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Traum des Häuptlings See more »

Filming Locations:

Colorado, USA See more »

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CBS Productions See more »
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Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Historical records show that Anna Brewster, who was born on December 10th, 1844, married James Morgan in 1868 at the urging of her brother Daniel. One month after that, Sioux Indians raided her farm, wounded her husband and took her captive. On their way back to their village, the Sioux traded Anna to a band of Cheyenne Indians who already owned another captured white woman named Sarah White. Anna Brewster Morgan went to live with the Cheyenne and married one of their Chiefs with whom she became pregnant. Roughly one year after her capture, Anna was found by General George Custer. She was returned to her husband, James Morgan. She gave birth to a half-Indian son, Ira, who fell ill and died at age two. The Morgans had a daughter, Mary and two sons, Claud and Glen. Unhappy in her marriage to James, Anna left him and went to live with her brother, Daniel Brewster. After her divorce from James Morgan, Anna lived under a lifelong stigma because of her past with the Cheyenne. Later in life, she was admitted to a mental hospital where she died in 1902. She was buried next to her son Ira. See more »

Goofs

The movie is set in 1868 but the lyric of the song sung during Anna and Daniel's wedding, 'O Perfect Love', was written in 1883 and set to music in 1890. See more »

Quotes

Tokalah: [Native Americans are arguing if they should kill the women] Should I let them kill you?
Anna Brewster-Morgan: Do you want them to?
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Loved this film
1 April 2005 | by Sheila_BeersSee all my reviews

I loved this movie that presented Native American culture and history with respect and understanding. Anna, the character portrayed by Janine Turner, was a woman who learned to adapt in order to survive after being kidnapped by Indians. By adapting, she came to an understanding of Native Americans and respect for individuals. Her relationship with the Indian man showed that people are basically the same in any culture and that individuals can reach across cultural and racial lines to have caring relationships. Anna also learned about the failings of the white race, prejudice toward Indians, and the white man's mistreatment of Indians.

I believe this is a story based on fact, especially since General Custer appeared in the story. My great-grandmother, who was born in 1874, was two years of age when Little Big Horn happened. She often told me she heard people discussing Little Big Horn when she was a child. I now have her books about Indians, written in the late 1800s. Earlier generations of my family came to Indiana in the early 1800s and lived with Native Americans. In fact, one rural Baptist church started as a mission to the Potawatomi Indians of northern Indiana.

Most Hoosiers know the story of Frances Slocum, a pioneer girl who was kidnapped by Indians and named Maconaquah. When her family found her years later, she had so much adapted to the Indian way of life that she preferred to stay with the Indian tribe and her Indian husband and children. A similar story is "The Searchers," which starred John Wayne and Natalie Wood. However, the character portrayed by the late Miss Wood was young and malleable enough to re-adapt to white society.

Because of the common themes in the above movies and incidents, "Stolen Women, Captured Hearts" has a special meaning for me. I would highly recommend it to everyone.


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