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  • An MVD Exclusive
  • SKU: MVD4041D
  • Format: DVD
  • UPC: 760137404194
  • Street Date: 10/13/20
  • PreBook Date: 09/08/20
  • Label: Kit Parker Films »
  • Genre: Drama
  • Run Time: 72 mins
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Audio: STEREO
  • Year of Production: 1952
  • Region Code: 0
  • Box Lot: 30
  • Territory: NORTH AMERICA
  • Language: English


Cast & Crew

  • Actors:
  •       Francis Kee Teller as Son of the Hunter
  •       John Mitchell as Grey Singer
  •       Mrs. Kee Teller as Good Weaver
  •       Sammy Ogg as Narrator
  •       William Draper as Billy - Ute Guide
  •       Hall Bartlett as School Counselor
  • Director: Norman Foster
  • Producer: Hall Bartlett
  • Producer: Norman Foster


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A Navajo boy stoically endures hardship, hunger and the death of his family.

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A Navajo boy stoically endures hardship, hunger and the death of his family. He is taken away to attend a white man boarding school and escapes but is pursued to ancient Navajo caves. Magnificently filmed at majestic Canyon de Chelly and nominated for two Academy Awards®. In the title role, a seven-year-old Navajo boy, Francis Kee Teller, received a Golden Globe special award even though he had never seen a movie until viewing his own performance. Cinematographer Virgil Miller started out in silent pictures and became known primarily for filming travelogues. He had a reputation for keeping cameras rolling in remote locations under adverse weather conditions. The producers needed a cameraman with those qualities, and tracked him down at a camera shop where he repaired photographic equipment. At age 64, Miller took on the challenge of working in freezing cold, with only one camera, a tripod and four reflectors, and came away with an Academy Award® nomination, and a full spread in the prestigious American Cinematographer. The working title was "The Voice of the Wind," and despite a shoestring $30,000 production budget, a threatened ban by the Indian Service, harsh weather and terrain, infighting between the co-producers, the picture went on to earn universal critical acclaim.


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Bonus Materials

  • Commentary by Francis Kee Teller
  • 'Canyon de Chelly' Photo-essay by Deborah Lem, Diné
  • 'The Canyon Matters” by Genny Yazzie, Diné
  • 1952 National Publicity Tour with Mr. Teller (age 8)
  • 'Our Navajo Neighbors' 1952 documentary
  • 2K scan from the Academy Film Archive preservation negative

Sales Points

  • Nominated for two Academy Awards®!

Press Quotes

'Unusual, truly picturesque and convincing'

     —New York Times

'Moving and unusual'


'Memorable - stirringly beautiful'

     —Christian Science Monitor

'Great offbeat film'

     —Hollywood Reporter

'Fascinating - long to be remembered'

     —Kansas City Star

'It will be an Academy Award contender' -

     —Cleveland Plain Dealer


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