Tonka (film)

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Directed by Lewis R. Foster
Produced byJames C. Pratt
John Lasseter
Written byDavid Appel
Lewis R. Foster
Lillie Hayward
Based onComanche: Story of America's Most Heroic Horse
by David Appel
Starring Sal Mineo
Philip Carey
Jerome Courtland
Rafael Campos
H.M. Wynant
Joy Page
Britt Lomond
Herbert Rudley
Sydney Smith
John War Eagle
Gregg Martel
Slim Pickens
Robert 'Buzz' Henry
Music by Oliver Wallace
Cinematography Loyal Griggs
Edited byEllsworth Hoagland
Distributed by Buena Vista Distribution
Release date
  • December 25, 1958 (1958-12-25)
Running time
97 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$2.5 million (est. US/ Canada rentals) [1]

Tonka, is a 1958 Walt Disney Western-adventure film directed by Lewis R. Foster and starring Sal Mineo as a Sioux who survived the Battle of the Little Big Horn. The film is based on the book Comanche: Story of America's Most Heroic Horse by David Appel, the movie depicts the fictional story of the Indian and US Calvary owners of the titular horse. [2]


It was filmed in Bend, Oregon, and distributed by Buena Vista Distribution, a division of Walt Disney Productions.



Tonka was filmed in Bend and Madras, Oregon. [3]

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  3. "Filmed in Oregon 1908-2015" (PDF). Oregon Film Council. Oregon State Library. Retrieved December 27, 2015.