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The Legend of the Boy and the Eagle (1967) DVD

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The Legend of the Boy and the Eagle (1967)


 Jack Couffer


 Jack Couffer


 Frank DeKova, Stanford Lomakema 
This movie is about a young Hopi Indian boy who defies tribal law and frees a sacred, sacrificial eagle. He is banished from his village to the wilderness, but the eagle teaches him hunting skills and cares for him. He eventually returns, and when the other boys in the tribe reject him, the boy runs, climbs to a cliff area and jumps off. Before he reaches the ground, the boy turns into an eagle. At the end, the two eagles fly side by side...one of them wearing a blue-beaded necklace.
Here is the link to the film at the Internet Movie database: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0061904/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

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  1. Memories Of My Childhood 4 Star Review

    Posted by on Aug 1st 2016

    I had tried to find this movie for years. Thank you. Even though the quality of film isn't what we are used to by today's standards, it is still good. This is a welcome addition to my movie collection.


    Posted by on Sep 10th 2015

    THE LEGEND OF THE BOY AND THE EAGLE draws upon Hopi customs, costumes, and scenery to relate an unusual tale of an ostracized youth who becomes a living tribal legend. The film opens as a typical 1950s educational documentary with tutorial narrator explaining Native American customs to uninitiated child viewers. For no immediately apparent reason, the narrator dallies over an account of a relationship between sacred eagle propitiatory sacrifice and the offering's child caretaker. It seems once the line between duty and love was crossed by a Hopi boy. The consequences are presented in a realistic shunning and exile sequence which leads to near-starvation and hallucinations in the desert. These dreamings become fused with jumbling states of consciousness and reality in an astonishing medley of quasi-psychedelic images. Reunited in the wilderness, liberated eagle teaches the boy how to survive in a hostile natural environment, even bringing vital food to him and vanquishing a territorial rival in a brilliantly shot aerial battle. A climactic metamorphosis of triumphant escape following ritual shaming is a crowning glory. Recommended for both children and adults, with native amateurs acting out a spoken offscreen narrative.

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