Johnny Firecloud (1975)
Plot: Young American Indian gets out of the army and returns home to find his tribe victimized by a white rancher.
Quotes: Johnny Firecloud: You have the balls of a mouse!
exciting and violent exploitation flick., 31 March 2004
Author: bukakkefriedchicken from fabulous Las Vega$!
Johnny is a much picked-on Native American in a small desert town that is "owned" by a bigoted rancher. When Johnny is is pushed to his limit after the murder of his grandfather, he exacts a brutal and bloody vengeance...Red Man style! This exploitive vehicle does not approach its sensitive race issues with the greatest of grace or respectability, but it certainly provides some good trashy thrills in that distinct 1970s drive-in way. Production values are slightly above average for this type of fare, and most of the performances are surprisingly strong. Interesting, too, is the presence of Sacheen Littlefeather in a minor role....
Overall, pretty enjoyable. 5.5/10
The Best Thing David F. Friedman Ever Produced, 15 February 2002
Author: Robot Rancher from Texas
I always saw David F. Friedman as basically a low budget Roger Corman. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed many of the David Friedman classics (such as Two Thousand Maniacs and She Freak), but those films paled in comparison next to the wraith of Johnny Firecloud.
The movie plays out like Charles Bronson's Deathwish, only more violent. The bad guys, a group of country fried bigots lead by head bigot Mr. Colby, are truly wicked. This wickedness, which includes rape, murder, and torturing of the elderly, is truly disturbing, but in the long run makes the bad guy's deaths even more enjoyable to watch. The good guys (Johnny Firecloud, the Sheriff, and Chief White Eagle), have qualities that make them likable as heroes, but also flaws that make them seem more human (like White Eagle's drinking problem, and the inner turmoil faced by the Sheriff caused by his "sexual secret"). But with any David Friedman film, the main draw is the gore, and this film has it...boy does it have it.
Granted, there are flaws, mainly in the acting. Sacheen Littlefeather gives a rather stiff performance and, at the opposite end of the spectrum, some of the bad guys tend to put on the southern act a little too thick.
So with that said, Robot Rancher's Final Score is a big 7 points. A solid film with enough eye gouging, scalp lifting, crotch socking violence to keep any David Friedman fan happy.
This is one movie I won't be adding to my Netflix queue.
For more on the subject, see The Best Indian Movies.