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The Ancient Warrior 

Ancient Warrior, an aged Indian accompanied by Caine, seeks burial in his sacred, ancestral land. But the burial site is located dead center in a violent, Indian-hating town called Purgatory. Gary Busey guest stars.

Director:

Robert Butler

Writers:

Ed Spielman (creator), Herman Miller (developer) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
David Carradine ... Kwai Chang Caine
Chief Dan George ... Ancient Warrior
Victor French ... Sheriff Aldon Pool
Denver Pyle ... Mayor Howard Simms
G.D. Spradlin ... Lucas Bass
Will Geer ... Judge Emmitt Marcus
Kenneth O'Brien Kenneth O'Brien ... Harlow Strunk
Keye Luke ... Master Po (archive footage)
Philip Ahn ... Master Kan (voice)
Gary Busey ... Josh
Radames Pera ... Young Caine (archive footage)
William Katt ... Andy (as Bill Katt)
Richard Young ... Verne
Clay Tanner Clay Tanner ... Deputy Ty
Bucklind Beery Bucklind Beery ... Deputy Gil

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Ancient Warrior, an aged Indian accompanied by Caine, seeks burial in his sacred, ancestral land. But the burial site is located dead center in a violent, Indian-hating town called Purgatory. Gary Busey guest stars.

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Among others, the town sign of Purgatory explicitly warns "claim jumpers" to stay away, which is an ironic dig by the writers since in this story, the fictional town of Purgatory was itself illegally built on Indian territory. See more »

Goofs

In the first fight scene in Purgatory football-style padding can be seen under the clothes of the actor Caine throws to the ground. See more »

Quotes

Young Caine: Master, what is the best way to meet the loss of a loved one?
Master Kan: By knowing that when we truly love, it is never lost... It is only after death that the depth of the bond is truly felt, and our loved one becomes more a part of us than was possible in live.
Young Caine: Are we only able to feel this toward those whom we have known and loved a long time?
Master Kan: Sometimes a stranger, known to us for moments, can spark our souls to kinship for eternity.
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The first season concludes with Chief Dan George heading a terrific cast
15 July 2010 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

Caine meets the elderly Ancient Warrior (Chief Dan George), and accompanies him to the town of Purgatory, where he wants to die. Judge Emmitt Marcus (Will Geer) confirms that Ancient Warrior has a legal right to the entire valley, but the corrupt sheriff, Aldon Pool (Victor French, CARTER COUNTRY and HIGHWAY TO HEAVEN), holds all Indians in contempt, especially since a massacre 8 years earlier resulted in the deaths of 14 white townspeople. Also opposing the sheriff is the vengeful Lucas Bass (G.D.Spradlin), a legendary gunfighter whose Comanche son was lynched in Purgatory the year before. Denver Pyle plays the town mayor, and among the younger ruffians who delight in the mocking of Indians are Gary Busey and William Katt (son of Bill Williams and Barbara Hale, credited in his early days as Bill Katt). This was the last episode from the first season, and another dealing with bigotry in the Old West.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 May 1973 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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