GenreWestern Music directorGeorges Delerue WriterGeorge Malko LanguageEnglish
Release date1974 (1974) CastDonald Sutherland, Gordon Tootoosis, Chief Dan George, Francine Racette, Kevin McCarthy Similar moviesThe Canadians (1961), Dangers of the Canadian Mounted (1948), Pony Soldier (1952), The Wild North (1952), Canadian Mounties vs Atomic Invaders (1953)
Alien Thunder (also known as Dan Candy's Law) is a 1974 Canadian western film directed by Claude Fournier and starring Donald Sutherland.
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.
The movie 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
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
Its filming locations were in Saskatchewan's Battleford, Duck Lake, and Saskatoon.