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The following written acknowledgment appears in the closing credits: "The makers of this film express their deep appreciation to the Rosebud Sioux Tribal Council and to Tribal President Webster Two Hawk... To Governor Richard Kneip of the state of South Dakota, to the South Dakota State Highway Patrol, and to William Gipp of the South Dakota Industrial Development and Expansion Agency...without whose help the film could not have been made." The film was shot on location in South Dakota at the Rosebud Sioux Indian Reservation.
Reviews list the film's running time as 93 minutes. The print viewed, cut for television broadcast, was 87 minutes and did not include the final scene, described by Filmfacts and WSJ, in which "Danny" is beaten up by numerous Sioux tribe members just before he leaves Rosebud. Journey Through Rosebud was the first release of GSF Productions, Inc., a production and distribution company established by David Gil, Paul Frankenberg and Robert S. Sinn.
The story of Journey Through Rosebud makes reference to the 1876 Battle of Little Big Horn. For additional information on the Battle of Little Big Horn and films about it, please see the entry below for the 1942 Warner Bros. release They Died With Their Boots On. Journey Through Rosebud also makes reference to the Battle of Wounded Knee, a December 1890 battle that took place in South Dakota, and is considered by historians as the final battle in "the Indian Wars." The massacre of 300 Lakota Sioux was the subject of the bestselling 1970 book Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown, as well as a 2007 television movie adaptation of the same title broadcast on the HBO network. "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee" was also the title of a song by Native-American folk singer Buffy Sainte-Marie.