Alien Thunder

  (Redirected from Dan Candy's Law)

Alien Thunder (also known as Dan Candy's Law) is a 1974 Canadian western film directed by Claude Fournier and starring Donald Sutherland. Its original screenplay was written by W.O. Mitchell but Mitchell removed his name from the final release due to changes that were made.[1]

Alien Thunder
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Directed byClaude Fournier
Produced byMarie-José Raymond
Written byGeorge Malko
StarringDonald Sutherland
Gordon Tootoosis
Chief Dan George
Kevin McCarthy
Jean Duceppe
Music byGeorges Delerue
CinematographyClaude Fournier
Edited byYves Langlois
Onyx Films
Distributed byAmbassador Film Distributors (Canada)
American International Pictures (USA release)
Cinerama Releasing Corporation
Release date
February 22, 1974
Running time
93 minutes


Set in 1880s Saskatchewan at the time of the North-West Rebellion, Alien Thunder is based on a true story about a Woods Cree (Gordon Tootoosis in his first film role) who kills a North-West Mounted Police sergeant (Kevin McCarthy) under desperate circumstances. Hunted for two years by the sergeant's resolute partner (Donald Sutherland), the ending brings tragedy for all those involved.



Alien Thunder was filmed in Saskatchewan's Battleford, Duck Lake, and Saskatoon.


The film was not a financial success.[2] "Suspense is lacking and characters are generally underdeveloped, as is the tension between the Mounties and the Indians." – Natalie Edwards, Cinema Canada


  1. ^ Conway, Alana. ""Blood on the Poplars: ALIEN THUNDER (1974) and the Story of Almighty Voice"". Luna Quarterly. Retrieved 7 December 2019.
  2. ^ Lerner, Loren R. (January 1997). Canadian Film and Video: A Bibliography and Guide to the Literature. ISBN 9780802029881.

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