When the Legends Die
|When the Legends Die|
Cover of the 1963 Lippencott first edition of When the Legends Die by Hal Borland.
|Cover artist||Paul Laune|
|Genre||Young adult novel|
|Media type||Print (Hardcover)|
The novel, about the life of a Ute Indian young man, was written in 1963 by Hal Borland. While it was written as a mainstream novel, it became young adult classic. The novel is roughly divided into three parts: Tom Black Bull's youth with his parents who lived "off the reservation" in the wilderness of southern Colorado; Tom's "abandonment" of the Indian lifestyle and his success on the rodeo circuit in Colorado, New Mexico, Texas and Oklahoma; and finally Tom's return to his roots — reconciling himself with his heritage and his solitary relationship with the land and the wilderness.
The film was made in 1972, starring Richard Widmark and Frederic Forrest. It was directed by Stuart Millar from a screenplay written by Robert Dozier. It was freely adapted from the novel, updating the action from the start of the 20th century to the present, and cutting out the majority of the original plot, effectively based on only one middle section of the novel.
The title is taken from the saying "When the legends die the dreams end, when the dreams end there is no more greatness."
The film had a budget of $1,520,000.
Plot of the film
A Ute Indian youth, Tom Black Bull (played by Frederic Forrest), leaves the reservation to enter the rodeo life. He is under the tutelage of Red Dillon, a talented man with a drinking problem, played by Richard Widmark. The youth feels in a struggle between two worlds.
- Solomon, Aubrey. Twentieth Century Fox: A Corporate and Financial History (The Scarecrow Filmmakers Series). Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press, 1989. ISBN 978-0-8108-4244-1. p257
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