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Depicts the struggles of reservation-dwelling Native Americans in the North Central United States. The main character is an introspective and lovable person in a process of seeking pride ... See full summary »

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Buddy Red Bow
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Philbert Bono
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Bonnie Red Bow (as Joannelle Nadine Romero)
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Rabbit Layton
Sam Vlahos ...
Wayne Waterman ...
Wolf Tooth
Margot Kane ...
Imogene
Geoffrey Rivas ...
Sandy Youngblood (as Geoff Rivas)
Roscoe Born ...
Agent Jack Novall
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Louie Short Hair
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Buff
Tony Frank ...
Captain Roberts
Chrissie McDonald ...
Jane Red Bow
Sky Seals ...
Sky Red Bow
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Aunt Harriet
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Depicts the struggles of reservation-dwelling Native Americans in the North Central United States. The main character is an introspective and lovable person in a process of seeking pride and identity through traditional and mystical means of gathering power. His high school friend, who is a Vietnam War Veteran, is exerting power as a highly principled social activist, using a modern rational materialist adversarial model of progress. Written by Stan Detering <detering@hevanet.com>

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24 February 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Az ősök földjén  »

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$283,747 (USA)
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Trivia

Film debut of Wes Studi. See more »

Quotes

Jane Red Bow: We shoulda rented a car.
Philbert Bono: We have my pony.
Jane Red Bow: Your pony is an old nag.
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Crazy Credits

The cast can be seen walking along the highway for part of the ending credits. See more »

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Referenced in Siskel & Ebert: Oscar Nomination Surprises (1991) See more »

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CAN'T TEAR IT UP ENUFF
Written by Kim Wilson
Performed by The Fabulous Thunderbirds
Courtesy of Bruco Music
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terrific
5 June 2003 | by (Volusia County, FL) – See all my reviews

This film sank into obscurity, and it shouldn't have. An understated and subtle story of personal growth along the quest--it's a standard story, but this film tells it with stark dialogue, cinematography, and characters. Gary Farmer is absolutely convincing, disappearing into his role as the gentle giant completely. A Martinez's Buddy Red Bow is fiery, up to *here* with government treatment of American Indians and closed to sentiment or tenderness. Robbie Robertson's soundtrack is almost a character itself--it's suited to the landscape very well, and its native tones seem to reinforce the spareness of the story and the reservation.

Finding a copy will be really hard, but well worth it.


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