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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.
|Directed by||Claude Fournier|
|Produced by||Marie-José Raymond|
|Written by||George Malko|
Chief Dan George
|Music by||Georges Delerue|
|Edited by||Yves Langlois|
|Distributed by||Ambassador Film Distributors (Canada)|
American International Pictures (USA release)
Cinerama Releasing Corporation
|February 22, 1974|
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.
- Donald Sutherland as Sgt. Dan Candy
- Gordon Tootoosis as Almighty Voice
- Chief Dan George as Sounding Sky
- Kevin McCarthy as Sgt. Malcolm Grant
- Jean Duceppe as Inspector Brisebois
- Francine Racette as Emilie Grant
- Jack Creley as Arthur Ballentyne - Indian Agent
- James O'Shea as Edouard
- John Boylan as Cpl. Harold Bellringer
- Lenny George as Rolling Grass
- Ernestine Gamble as Small Face
- Vincent Daniels as Many Birds
- Sarain Stump as Napoleon Royal
The film was not a financial success. "Suspense is lacking and characters are generally underdeveloped, as is the tension between the Mounties and the Indians." – Natalie Edwards, Cinema Canada
- Conway, Alana. ""Blood on the Poplars: ALIEN THUNDER (1974) and the Story of Almighty Voice"". Luna Quarterly. Retrieved 7 December 2019.
- Lerner, Loren R. (January 1997). Canadian Film and Video: A Bibliography and Guide to the Literature. ISBN 9780802029881.