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Run, Simon, Run (1970)

A Papago Indian returns to his reservation after a prison term and searches for his brother's killer.

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George McCowan
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Burt Reynolds ... Simon Zuniga
Inger Stevens ... Carroll Rennard
Royal Dano ... Sheriff Tacksberry
James Best ... Henry Burroughs
Rodolfo Acosta ... Manuel
Don Dubbins ... Freddie Tomb
Joyce Jameson ... Esther
Barney Phillips ... Cesar Rosetti
Herman Rudin Herman Rudin ... Asa
Eddie Little Sky ... Santana
Ken Lynch ... Warden Lomis
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Burt Reynolds stars in this TV-movie as a Papago Indian, who returns to his people after serving a long sentence for a crime he didn't commit. To clear himself of the murder of his own brother, Reynolds begins a long and bloody search for the actual killer. Written by Ørnås

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A red man and white woman bound by a love that death can't destroy.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 December 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Savage Run See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Burt Reynolds and Rodolfo Acosta played together in 'Impasse' (1969). See more »

Soundtracks

The Ballad of Simon Zuniga
(uncredited)
Written and Performed by The Orphanage [Murray MacLeod, Joyce Eliason and Frankie Fulger]
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It's okay...could have been better.
2 March 2017 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Throughout this film, Simon and his people are called the Papago Indians. Well, I looked them up and apparently the correct term is the Tohono O'odham people--the name the tribe use to describe themselves. Odd that the film never mentions this as it's supposed to be a film that elevates them and their status.

When the story begins, Simon (Burt Reynolds) is being released from prison after serving a long sentence for murdering his brother. He was innocent and railroaded...but there's not much he can do about it now, as the man responsible is apparently dead. He's met by a do-gooder social worker, Carroll (Inger Stevens)--a rich lady who appears to be trying to save the poor Papago.

Later, Simon learns that the man responsible for the murder is actually NOT dead...but is hiding because he expects Simon to come looking for him. So, Carroll inexplicably agrees to pay some private investigators to find him...knowing that Simon plans on murdering him. Why would she do this? Did they teach her this in her social work training program?!

Subtle, this film is not! Too often the sound track consists of Indian drums and when Simon goes to a party, folks start asking him to do a rain dance! This comes off as pretty stupid and almost cartoony. The IDEA of the film, with the conflict between contemporary society and the Papago/Tohono O'odham is a good one...but the way it's handled could have been so much better.


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