Song of the Loon

The journey of 19th-century frontiersman Ephraim MacIver and the adventures, stories, and homosexual relationships he had with other men in the American wilderness. It was based on the book of the same name – the most popular erotic gay book of the 1960s and 1970s. It is a bit of a muddled movie, with perhaps […]

Death Hunt

Death Hunt is a 1981 Western action film directed by Peter R. Hunt. The film stars Charles Bronson, Lee Marvin, Angie Dickinson, Carl Weathers, Maury Chaykin, Ed Lauter and Andrew Stevens. Death Hunt was a fictionalized account of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) pursuit of a man named Albert Johnson. Earlier films exploring the same topic were The Mad Trapper (1972), a British made-for-television production and Challenge to Be Free (also known as Mad Trapper of the Yukon and Mad Trapper) (1975). […]

Challenge to Be Free

Challenge to Be Free (aka Mad Trapper of the Yukon and Mad Trapper) is a film directed by Tay Garnett and starring Mike Mazurki. The movie was a loosely- based account of the 1931 Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) pursuit of a trapper named Albert Johnson, the reputed “Mad Trapper of Rat River”. The film was shot and originally released in 1972 with the title Mad […]

Sacred Ground

Sacred Ground is a 1983 American Drama Western film directed by Charles B. Pierce and starring Tim McIntire, L. Q. Jones and Jack Elam. The film was shot in several outdoor locations in Oregon. Set in the year 1861, Matt Colter, a mountain man is traveling across the great divide with his young Indian bride, Little Doe. They cross paths with a Paiute party, a beautiful […]

The Last Frontier

The Last Frontier is a 1955 American Western film directed by Anthony Mann and starring Victor Mature, Guy Madison, Robert Preston, and Anne Bancroft. The film is set during the American Civil War at an isolated army base at the far reaches of the American frontier, where the Indians still far outnumber the whites. The Last Frontier was filmed in Technicolor and CinemaScope. On television, it has been shown re-titled as Savage Wilderness. […]

The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams

The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams is a 1974 independent feature film inspired by a 1972 historical fiction novella written by Charles E. Sellier Jr. The title character, played by Dan Haggerty, was loosely based on California mountain man John “Grizzly” Adams (1812–1860). The film portrayed the fictional Grizzly Adams as a frontier woodsman who fled into the mountains after he […]

Into the West 2 – Manifest Destiny

Into the West is a 2005 miniseries produced by Steven Spielberg and DreamWorks, with six two-hour episodes . The miniseries begins in the 1820s and is told mainly through the third person narration of Jacob Wheeler (Matthew Settle) and Loved By the Buffalo (Joseph M. Marshall III), although episodes outside the direct observation of both protagonists are also shown. The plot […]

Into the West 1 – Wheel to the Stars

Into the West is a 2005 miniseries produced by Steven Spielberg and DreamWorks, with six two-hour episodes. The miniseries begins in the 1820s and is told mainly through the third person narration of Jacob Wheeler (Matthew Settle) and Loved By the Buffalo (Joseph M. Marshall III), although episodes outside the direct observation of both protagonists are also shown. The plot follows […]

Man in the Wilderness

Man in the Wilderness is a 1971 American revisionist Western film about a scout for a group of mountain men who are traversing the Northwestern United States during the 1820s. The scout is mauled by a bear and left to die by his companions. He survives and recuperates sufficiently to track his former comrades, forcing a confrontation over his abandonment. The story […]

The Big Sky

The Big Sky is a 1952 American Western film produced and directed by Howard Hawks and written by Dudley Nichols, based on the novel of the same name by A.B. Guthrie Jr.. The cast includes Kirk Douglas, Dewey Martin, Elizabeth Threatt and Arthur Hunnicutt, who was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. Though not considered among Hawks’s major achievements by most critics, the film was chosen by Jonathan […]