Run of the Arrow | Chicago Reader

Run of the Arrow

Sam Fuller's study of Indian/white loyalties (1956) is one of his strongest films. Rod Steiger is an unreconstructed Confederate soldier (with, curiously, an Irish accent) who lights out for the territories and joins the Sioux nation (losing his brogue in translation), only to find that his real loyalties lie with the beleaguered cavalry. Steiger's character is a walking panoply of identity crises, and Fuller's treatment of natural versus artificial allegiances (despite his clearly imperialistic bias) is among the most complex and sensitive in the American cinema. With Brian Keith and Charles Bronson. 86 min.

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