Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Lewis R. Foster|
|Produced by||James C. Pratt|
|Written by||David Appel|
Lewis R. Foster
|Based on||Comanche: Story of America's Most Heroic Horse|
by David Appel
|Starring|| Sal Mineo |
John War Eagle
Robert 'Buzz' Henry
|Music by||Oliver Wallace|
|Edited by||Ellsworth Hoagland|
|Distributed by||Buena Vista Distribution|
|Box office||$2.5 million (est. US/ Canada rentals)|
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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.
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