Free Western Movie: Alien Thunder – Western – Based on an actual event, this is the tragic story of Saskatchewan fugitive Almighty Voice (Gordon Tootoosis), a Cree Indian who isarrested for stealing government livestock out of desperate hunger.

Alien Thunder (1974)
Director: Claude Fournier
Writer: George Malko
Stars: Donald Sutherland, Gordon Tootoosis, Chief Dan George
Genre: Western
Country: Canada
Language: English
Release Date: April 1977 (West Germany)
Also Known As: Kampf im Wilden Westen – Collection 1
Filming Locations: Battleford, Saskatchewan, Canada

Based on an actual event, this is the tragic story of Saskatchewan fugitive Almighty Voice (Gordon Tootoosis), a Cree Indian who isarrested for stealing government livestock out of desperate hunger.

“ALIEN THUNDER is based on the true story of Almighty Voice, a Cree Indian fugitive that eluded the Mounties for over a year. Donald Sutherland plays Mounty Dan Candy who is obsessed with “getting his man”. The film is alternately sympathetic towards the white police officers and the Native Americans. Two of the First Nation stars are Oscar nominated Chief Dan George who plays Sounding Sky and, in his screen debut, Gordon Tootoosis in the title role. It is Donald Sutherland who steals the show with his role as the tall tale telling, comforting, determined N.W.M.P.. The film is recommended not for its plot, which wears a bit thin, but for it’s vivid capturing of early Canadian pioneer life and Northern Cree culture.” Written by ram-30 on IMDb.com

“Donald Sutherland plays Mountie Dan Candy as if the character he knew he was in a movie and kept pushing it to be an action/adventure film, or a revenge movie, or a revisionist Western with a hero who could make a difference – but he’s not. He’s in an historical docudrama about a series of related domestic tragedies. Which means that the outcome is predetermined, and after insisting he has some power to effect matters for the better, he is left with the Indians to witness the end unfold.

This is the clue to the real strength of the film, which many would find its greatest fault. It is indeed slow, in order to accommodate an elegiac visual style. Tone and effect – essentially of sorrow, and of powerlessness over the historic inevitability of it all – form the real substance of the movie.

It’s understandable that such is not to the taste of many audiences. But the film makers do deserve credit for attempting to approach their material in this fashion, rather than opt for something more profitably “exciting.” That said, it must be admitted that a large scale production like this is operating on what appears to be a crash budget, and that doesn’t help. It certainly didn’t help in the preservation of the film, the available print on DVD is pretty bad. But occasionally the cinematography rises to the majesty that the script and director are calling for it, and eerie and beautiful moments pop up in the film, often when you least expect it.

Not really a success, but by no means simply a failure.” Written by winner55 on IMDb.com

Also Known As (AKA)
(original title) Alien Thunder
Australia Dan Candy’s Law.
Austria Ferner Donner
Canada (French title) Le tonnerre rouge
Denmark Indian Killer
Finland Intiaanitappaja
Germany (DVD box title) Kampf im Wilden Westen – Collection 1
Hungary Candy törvénye
Norway Indian Killer
Poland Prawo Dana Candy’ego
Sweden Indian Killer
Sweden (video box title) Alien thunder
UK (TV title) Dan Candy’s Law
USA (reissue title) Dan Candy’s Law
West Germany Ferner Donner


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