Tonka (film)

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Tonka poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Lewis R. Foster
Produced by James C. Pratt
Written by David Appel
Lewis R. Foster
Lillie Hayward
Starring Sal Mineo
Philip Carey
Jerome Courtland
Rafael Campos
H.M. Wynant
Joy Page
Britt Lomond
Herbert Rudley
Sydney Smith
John War Eagle
Gregg Martel
Slim Pickens
Robert 'Buzz' Henry
Music by Oliver Wallace
Cinematography Loyal Griggs
Edited by Ellsworth Hoagland
Distributed by Buena Vista Distribution
Release date
  • December 25, 1958 (1958-12-25)
Running time
97 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $2.5 million (est. US/ Canada rentals)[1]

Tonka is a 1958 Walt Disney Western adventure film about the US cavalry horse that survived the Battle of the Little Big Horn. Also released under the title A Horse Named Comanche, it stars Sal Mineo as a Sioux who fought there. It was filmed in Bend, Oregon, and distributed by Buena Vista Distribution.

The film is based on the book Comanche: Story of America's Most Heroic Horse by David Appel, which tells an imaginary story of the Indian and US Cavalry owners of the horse of the title.[citation needed]



  1. ^ "1959: Probable Domestic Take", Variety, 6 January 1960 p 34

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