Run of the Arrow

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Run of the Arrow
Directed by Samuel Fuller
Produced by Samuel Fuller
Written by Samuel Fuller
Starring Rod Steiger
Sara Montiel
Brian Keith
Charles Bronson
Music by Victor Young
Cinematography Joseph Biroc
Edited by Gene Fowler Jr.
Distributed by Universal-International
Release dates
  • July 25, 1957 (1957-07-25) (Premiere-Los Angeles)[1]
Running time
85 min.
Country United States
Language English

Run of the Arrow is a 1957 western film written, directed and produced by Samuel Fuller and starring Rod Steiger, Brian Keith, Ralph Meeker, Jay C. Flippen and a young Charles Bronson. Set at the end of the American Civil War, the movie was filmed in Technicolor.


Confederate veteran O'Meara (Steiger) refuses to accept defeat following the surrender of General Robert E. Lee at Appomattox. He renounces his family and America, travels west and joins the Native American Sioux tribe, and takes a wife (Yellow Moccasin, played by Sara Montiel).

However, when the US Army build a fort on Sioux lands, O'Meara must make a difficult decision when fighting starts.

Production notes[edit]

Run of the Arrow was the first film to use blood squibs to simulate realistic bullet impacts. The movie was filmed at St. George, Utah.

Originally produced by RKO Radio Pictures, the studio quit its distribution arm before the movie was released. Universal Pictures handled the distribution of Run of the Arrow.

Sara Montiel's voice is dubbed by Angie Dickinson.

At the time of its release, critics commented favorably on director Samuel Fuller's decision to concentrate on feet in the "run of the arrow" scene rather than showing the actors in their full entirety. Fuller later stated in an interview that there was a simple reason for his decision: Rod Steiger had badly sprained his ankle just before the scene was to be shot and wasn't able to walk, let alone run. Instead Fuller got one of the Indian extras to run in Steiger's place, which is why the scene is only shot with feet instead of close-ups or medium shots.


  1. ^ "Run of the Arrow: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved June 2, 2014. 

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