The Indian Fighter (De Toth, 1955)

The Indian Fighter (André De Toth, 1955)

Kirk Douglas forces himself on a young Indian girl who fights until he plans his first kiss. It’s at that moment she magically gives in and they roll through a river together passionately embracing. If this sounds extremely cheesy, it’s because it is. Unfortunately, this ‘love’ story is somewhat central to both Douglas’s character and the film’s plot, and since it just does not work, it really hinders the movie as a whole. Outside of that, overall, the film’s happenings are just sort of dull. De Toth really fails to provide characters that make you care and relies more on his cowboy vs. Indian fights to carry the movie than anything. The saving grace here is the film’s cinematography. The ground feels alive as the characters travel – the dust is always moving and floating, giving a hazy look to almost every scene. The scenery itself is also breathtaking. Fortunately, I like watching images as much as I like watching story and this made my viewing experience almost enjoyable.  6.5/10

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2 Responses to “The Indian Fighter (De Toth, 1955)”

  1. So, he tries to rape her and then it’s magically ok? Urgh, I hate that plot trope — it’s downright misogynist.

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