Entertainment Law Reporter
September 2006 Volume 28 Number 4

Paramount’s 1970 movie “A Man Called Horse” did not defame Native American

A lawsuit filed against Paramount Pictures by a Native American, complaining about the portrayal of Indians in the 1970 movie “A Man Called Horse,” has been dismissed by a federal District Judge Janet Arterton.

The judge found that the movie did not mention the plaintiff and was not about him. And she held that he had no right to recover damages – he sought $165 million – for the movie’s portrayal of a large group.

Dontigney v. Paramount Pictures Corp., 411 F.Supp.2d 89 , 2006 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 2824 (D.Conn. 2006)