The Far Horizons

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The Far Horizons
The Far Horizons - 1955 - Poster.png
1955 Theatrical Image
Directed by Rudolph Maté
Produced by William H. Pine
Written by Della Gould Emmons (novel)
Winston Miller
Starring Fred MacMurray
Charlton Heston
Donna Reed
Barbara Hale
Music by Hans J. Salter
Cinematography Daniel L. Fapp
Edited by Frank Bracht
Distributed by Pine-Thomas Productions
Release date(s)
  • August 1955 (1955-08) (U.S.)
Running time 108 min.
Language English
Box office $1.6 million (US)[1]

The Far Horizons is a 1955 American western film directed by Rudolph Maté, starring Fred MacMurray, Charlton Heston, Donna Reed and Barbara Hale. It is about an expedition led by Lewis and Clark is sent to survey the territory that the United States has just acquired in the Louisiana Purchase from France. They are able to overcome the dangers they encounter along the way with the help of a Shoshone maiden named Sacagawea. This is currently the only major American motion picture on the Lewis and Clark expedition (although there have been television documentaries on the subject). Many details are fictional, and the minor scene where the group reaches the Pacific Ocean reflects the low budget of the film.

Plot[edit]

An ambitious, historic attempt to explore and document an untamed American frontier unfolds in this rousing adventure drama. In 1803, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, with President Thomas Jefferson's blessing, embarked on the government-sponsored Lewis & Clark Expedition – an attempt to discover a water route connecting St. Louis, Missouri, with the Pacific Ocean. Their trek takes them through the magnificent, danger-filled territory of the Pacific Northwest, with guidance from the Shoshone maiden Sacagawea.

Cast[edit]

As appearing in screen credits (main roles identified):[2]

Reception[edit]

In 2011, Time Magazine rated The Far Horizons as one of the top ten most historically misleading films, in part due to its casting of caucasian Donna Reed as Native American Sacagawea, and the creation of a romantic subplot between her character and William Clark despite the fact that Sacagawea's husband, French-Canadian trader Toussaint Charbonneau, was in real life also a member of the expedition.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 'The Top Box-Office Hits of 1955', Variety Weekly, January 25, 1956
  2. ^ The Story on Page One credits
  3. ^ Time Magazine review, January 26, 2011

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