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I Will Fight No More Forever is a 1975 made-for-television movie starring James Whitmore as General Oliver O. Howard and Ned Romero as Chief Joseph. It is a dramatization of Chief Joseph's resistance to the U.S. government's forcible removal of his Nez Perce Indian tribe to a reservation in Idaho.

I Will Fight No More Forever
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Written byJeb Rosebrook
Theodore Strauss
Directed byRichard T. Heffron
StarringJames Whitmore
Ned Romero
Sam Elliott
Theme music composerGerald Fried
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Executive producer(s)David L. Wolper
Producer(s)Stan Margulies
Malcolm Alper (associate producer)
CinematographyJorge Stael
Editor(s)Robert K. Lambert
Running time100 mins.
Production company(s)Wolper Productions
Original networkABC
Original release
  • April 14, 1975 (1975-04-14) (U.S.)



Set in 1877, the story follows Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce tribe, who lived in the border area of Idaho and Oregon. As President Ulysses S. Grant permits white settlers to come to both territories, the native Nez Perce fight back and defy the order from Grant to leave their home ground. The U.S. Army, commanded by General Oliver Howard (a Civil War Veteran) is then sent out to push the tribe out, leading to war. The fight between whites (both soldiers and settlers) and tribe members increases, leading Joseph to try for an escape to Canada, but deep down he fears a long, costly fight with a tough enemy. As he says to one member of the tribe who killed a white man for another tribe member's murder on the eve of war, "You have had your revenge. Now the white man will have his".


Awards and nominationsEdit

Jeb Rosebrook and Theodore Strauss were nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing in a Special Program - Drama or Comedy - Original Teleplay. Robert K. Lambert received a nomination for the Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Achievement in Film Editing for Entertainment Programming for a Special.

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