Flap (film)

Flap (distributed in Britain as The Last Warrior) is a 1970 American comedy-drama western film directed by Carol Reed and starring Anthony Quinn, Claude Akins and Shelley Winters.[1] Set in a modern Native American reservation, it is based on the novel Nobody Loves a Drunken Indian by Clair Huffaker.[2]

Directed byCarol Reed
Produced byJerry Adler
Screenplay byClair Huffaker
Based onNobody Loves a Drunken Indian
by Clair Huffaker
StarringAnthony Quinn
Claude Akins
Tony Bill
Shelley Winters
Victor Jory
Music byMarvin Hamlisch
CinematographyFred J. Koenekamp, A.S.C.
Edited byFrank Bracht, A.C.E.
Cine Vesta Associates
Distributed byWarner Bros. Inc.
Release date
  • November 1970 (1970-11)
Running time
106 minutes
CountryUnited States


Flapping Eagle lives on an Indian reservation in the southwestern United States. He drinks too much, one of many sources of disagreement between Flap and his sweetheart, Dorothy Bluebell. He also has trouble with his arch-rival, Sgt. Rafferty, a brutal, bigoted police officer in town.

Flap launches protests, first disrupting a construction crew's bulldozer impeding on Indian land, then stealing a train after a lawyer, Wounded Bear, leads him to believe the train would become legal Indian property once it's in their territory.

Rafferty is violently beaten by Flap after a series of insults and abuses and the last straw, the shooting of a dog. Flap, now an Indian activist whose protests have gained him publicity and popularity, leads a protest march through the town. From a hospital window, Rafferty aims a rifle and assassinates him.



The song "If Nobody Loves" was written by Marvin Hamlisch with lyrics by Estelle Levitt. It is performed by Kenny Rogers & The First Edition.

See also



  • Evans, Peter William. Carol Reed. Manchester University Press, 2005.
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