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The Mystic Warrior (1984)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama  -  20 May 1984 (USA)
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Saga about a proud band of Sioux Indians, and the efforts of one brave to save his people from destruction through the use of mysterious powers handed down by ancestors.

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Devon Ericson ...
Heyatawin
Rion Hunter ...
Tonweya
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Napewaste
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Olepi
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Pesla
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Wisa
Ron Soble ...
Wanagi
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Wambli
Roger Campo ...
Young Pesla
Hortensia Colorado ...
Heyatawin's Mother
Brigitte Gault ...
Kipanna
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Wicahpi (as Patty Kotero)
Ivan Naranjo ...
Ogle
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Miyaca
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Saga about a proud band of Sioux Indians, and the efforts of one brave to save his people from destruction through the use of mysterious powers handed down by ancestors.

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Was originally a nine hour mini-series entitled "Hanta Yo" (The title of the book the movie was based on) to be aired in 1980, instead aired in 1984 as a five hour mini series re-named "The Mystic Warrior". See more »

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this movie was politically challenged
26 August 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I enjoyed this, no I was glued to the screen. this was what was quoted at answers dot com. the original was to be 10 hours. indians may not be bl**k but some discrimination may have CANNED this. hope this explains why you will not see it soon....if ever.

The five-hour miniseries The Mystic Warrior began life in 1979 when producer David L. Wolper announced plans for a ten-hour adaptation of Hanta Yo, an epic historical novel by Ruth Beebe Hill. Using as her main source a full-blooded Sioux named Chunksa Yuha, Hill fashioned what amounted to a Native American version of Roots, chronicling the history of the Matho tribe of the Ogala Dakota Sioux. Although Hill was briefly the darling of the literary cognoscenti, her book was ultimately attacked and discredited by a veritable army of Indian historians, teachers, and activists, who accused her of distorting and falsifying truths in order to promote her own (and Yuha's) sociopolitical agenda. Suddenly, all of the Native American support that had been promised to the miniseries version of Hanta Yo evaporated; even the filming location had to be changed from New Mexico to Thousand Oaks, CA, so as not to offend the Indian tribes in the former state. When the project finally aired on May 20 through 21, 1984, its running time (and budget) had been cut in half, and the producer was obliged to qualify the credits by noting that the teleplay was based partially on Hill's book, but mostly on "other sources." Judging by the results, those sources would seem to have been such Hollywood fictional films as Cheyenne Autumn and A Man Called Horse. Set in the years 1802 to 1808, the finished film focused on a young brave named Ahbleza (Robert Beltran), the son of a Matho chief. Blessed with supernatural visionary powers by the ancient Mahto seer Wanagi (Ron Soble), Ahbleza set about to save his people from the devastations of the future, among them the invasion of the white man. After a lengthy, truth-seeking odyssey fraught with tragedy and sacrifice, Ahbleza assumed his rightful place as spiritual leader of his tribe. Mystic Warrior was entertaining enough, but failed to draw viewers away from such formidable competition as The Jeffersons, Alice, and One Day at a Time. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

note I would watch this again, bluray buy it. I would really like to see the original 10 hour version though on bluray.


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