When the Legends Die
Cover of the 1963 Lippincott first edition of When the Legends Die by Hal Borland
|Cover artist||Paul Laune|
|Genre||Young adult novel|
|Media type||Print (hardcover)|
|When the Legends Die|
|Directed by||Stuart Millar|
|Produced by||Stuart Millar|
|Screenplay by||Robert Dozier|
|Based on||When the Legends Die|
by Hal Borland
|Music by||Glenn Paxton|
|Cinematography||Richard H. Kline|
|Edited by||Louis San Andres|
|Distributed by||Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation|
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 a young adult classic. The novel is roughly divided into four parts: Tom Black Bull's youth with his parents who lived "off the reservation" in the wilderness of southern Colorado; Tom's experience as an orphan sent to the reservation school against his will; 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.
A Ute Indian youth, Tom Black Bull (Frederic Forrest), leaves the reservation to enter the rodeo life. He is under the tutelage of Red Dillon (Richard Widmark), a talented man with a drinking problem. The youth deals with the struggle between two worlds and deciding what life has to offer.
- Richard Widmark as Red Dillon
- Frederic Forrest as Tom Black Bull
- Luana Anders as Mary
- Vito Scotti as Meo (Dillon's caretaker)
- Herbert Nelson as Dr. Wilson
- John War Eagle as Blue Elk
- John Gruber as Clyde 'Tex' Walker
- Garry Walberg as School Superintendent
- Jack Mullaney as Gas Station Attendant
- Malcolm Curley as Benny Grayback (school principal)
- Roy Engel as Sam Turner
- Rex Holman as Neil Swenson
- Mel Gallagher as Cowboy
- Tillman Box as Young Tom Black Bull
- Sondra Pratt as Angie (girl who picks up Tom)
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- When the Legends Die at the TCM Movie Database
- When the Legends Die at the American Film Institute Catalog
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