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Walking Thunder (1994, John Denver, James Read II)



An entertaining family drama set in 1850. When John McKay (singer and actor JOHN DENVER) and his family find themselves stranded high in the unforgiving and hostile environment of the Rocky Mountains, their chances of survival look slight.

Help is at hand in the form of a wise Sioux medicine man, Dark Wind (Chief Ted Thin Elk) and a knowledgeable ‘mountain man’ who between them provide them with the knowledge and skills to survive the trials and tribulations of mountain life. Among the things that the family come to understand from their new nature-wise friends is about the Giant Bear – what the Sioux call the spirit of the earth and their own encounters with this great mythical being will touch and change all their lives.

Narrated by Brian Keith this is a spirited family western adventure, which won a Silver Award at the WorldFest Film Festival.

production details
| 94 minutes | 1997
Director: Craig Clyde
Script: Craig Clyde, James Hennessy, Bryce W. Fillmore,

Christopher Neame as Ansel Richter
Robert DoQui as Gun Trader
James Read as Abner Murdock
John Denver as John McKay
David Tom as Jacob McKay
Irene Miracle as Emma McKay
Brian Keith as Narrator