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(aka "Hot Lead" or "The Last Bullet" or "Yuma" )


USA 1957

Several film historians, notably the late William K. Everson, have noted the striking resemblances between Run of the Arrow and the 1990 Oscar-winner Dances with Wolves. Rod Steiger stars as O'Meara, an Irish-brogued Confederate soldier with an intense dislike for Yankees. Unable to accept the South's defeat, O'Meara heads westward after the Civil War, to start life anew amongst the Sioux Indians. Surving a ritual rite of passage called the Run of the Arrow, O'Meara is accepted into the tribe, and shortly afterward marries Sioux woman Yellow Moccasin (played by Spanish actress Sarita Montiel, whose voice was dubbed by Angie Dickinson). The true test of O'Meara's fidelity to the Sioux comes when his adopted people come into conflict with a Cavalry troop, headed by Northerner Captain Clark (Brian Keith). The cast includes such western "regulars" as Charles Bronson, Olive Carey (the widow of Harry Carey) and Colonel Tom McCoy (a recognized Indian-lore expert). Produced by RKO Radio, Run of the Arrow was released by Universal-International.


Television Premiere: July 16th, 1957


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DVD Review: Warner Home Video (Warner Archive Collection) - Region 0 - NTSC

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Runtime 1:24:42

1.74:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.70 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio Dolby Digital 1.0 (English)
Subtitles None
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Studio: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio: 1.74:1

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DVD Release Date: July 7th, 2015
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Fuller's Run of the Arrow is an exceptional western - supporting the director's status as a master auteur. The film is an even-handed deconstruction of the western period focusing on Native Americans via identity, discrimination, tolerance and allegiance. It's adventurous with very impressive performances - one of the more brilliant efforts of this genre.

It's standard single-layered MoD (Made-on-Demand) disc but progressive in and around the 1.74:1 aspect ratio and looks very good. This is labeled under the Warner's "Archive Collection" marquee and the image is very impressive but flat, exporting a film-like heaviness. Black levels are marginally crushed. Colors (Technicolor) seem teal-leaning, but overall the image is impressive for SD. 

The mono sound is decent supporting the score composed by Victor Young (Three Faces West, The Sun Shines Bright, Johnny Guitar, China Gate, The File on Thelma Jordan etc.) and there are no subtitles offered. No supplements at all.

I thoroughly enjoyed my viewing - one of the best westerns I have seen in a while. I feel foolish to have waited this long since the DVD came out - since I am also a huge Fuller fan. This gets our highest recommendation - my only disappointment is that is isn't available on Blu-ray (nor likely - anytime soon).  

  - Gary Tooze


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