Tomahawk (film)

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Tomahawk - Film Poster.jpg
Theatrical Poster
Directed by George Sherman
Produced by Leonard Goldstein
Written by Daniel Jarrett (story)
Sylvia Richards (screenplay)
Starring Van Heflin
Yvonne De Carlo
Cinematography Charles P. Boyle
Edited by Danny B. Landres
Universal International
Distributed by Universal International
Release date
  • February 5, 1951 (1951-02-05)
Running time
82 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $750,000[1]
Box office $2 million (US rentals)[2]

Tomahawk is a 1951 Technicolor Western film directed by George Sherman starring Van Heflin and Yvonne De Carlo. The film is loosely based on events that took place in Wyoming in 1866-8 around Fort Phil Kearny on the Bozeman Trail. In the UK the film was released as The Battle of Powder River.

Plot synopsis[edit]

In 1876, gold is discovered and the U.S. Army build a road and fort on territory ceded to the Sioux by an earlier treaty. Frontier scout Jim Bridger (Van Heflin), whose companion, a Cheyenne girl, is the daughter of Chief Black Kettle and sister to Bridger's deceased wife, tries to prevent an all out war with Sioux leader Red Cloud and his braves.



  1. ^ [ Variety 18 February 1948 p 14
  2. ^ 'The Top Box Office Hits of 1951', Variety, January 2, 1952

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