7.3/10
1,378
16 user 5 critic

Powwow Highway (1989)

R | | Drama | 24 February 1989 (USA)
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 »

Director:

Writers:

(based on the novel by), (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Reviews

Watch Now

From $3.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

ON DISC
2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Smoke Signals (1998)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Young Indian man Thomas is a nerd in his reservation, wearing oversize glasses and telling everyone stories no-one wants to hear. His parents died in a fire in 1976, and Thomas was saved by... See full summary »

Director: Chris Eyre
Stars: Adam Beach, Evan Adams, Irene Bedard
Skins (2002)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

An inspirational tale about the relationship between two Sioux Indian brothers living on the Pine Ridge Indian reservation.

Director: Chris Eyre
Stars: Eric Schweig, Graham Greene, Gary Farmer
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A story of life on a First Nations reserve in Ontario: Silas and Frank are trying to get into college to train to be mechanics but they find themselves having to deal with girls, family ...... See full summary »

Director: Bruce McDonald
Stars: Ryan Rajendra Black, Adam Beach, Jennifer Podemski
Reel Injun (2009)
Documentary | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

The history of the depiction of Native Americans in Hollywood films.

Directors: Neil Diamond, Catherine Bainbridge, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Adam Beach, Chris Eyre, Russell Means
Clearcut (1991)
Drama | Thriller | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

He's not a "militant"... he's manito. Spirit Being.

Director: Ryszard Bugajski
Stars: Graham Greene, Ron Lea, Michael Hogan
Coyote Waits (TV Movie 2003)
Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Two tribal cops uncover a plot involving a lost fortune, an historical artifact and a mythical Coyote on a Navajo reservation.

Director: Jan Egleson
Stars: Adam Beach, Candice Costello, Jimmy Herman
Thunderheart (1992)
Crime | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A young mixed-blood FBI agent is assigned to work with a cynical veteran investigator on a murder on a poverty-stricken Sioux reservation.

Director: Michael Apted
Stars: Val Kilmer, Sam Shepard, Graham Greene
Drama | History | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A historic chronicle based on the book by Dee Brown explains how Native Americans were displaced as the United States expanded west.

Director: Yves Simoneau
Stars: Aidan Quinn, Adam Beach, August Schellenberg
DreamKeeper (TV Movie 2003)
Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

In South Dakota, in an Indian reservation, an old storyteller Indian asks his grandson Shane, who is in trouble owing money to some bad guys, to take his old pony and him to Albuquerque to ... See full summary »

Director: Steve Barron
Stars: August Schellenberg, Eddie Spears, Gary Farmer
Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Seymour Polatkin is a successful, gay Native American poet from Spokane who confronts his past when he returns to his childhood home on the reservation to attend the funeral of a dear ... See full summary »

Director: Sherman Alexie
Stars: Evan Adams, Michelle St. John, Gene Tagaban
A Thief of Time (TV Movie 2004)
Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Officers Leaphorn and Chee search for a missing anthropologist suspected of stealing artifacts from a burial site.

Director: Chris Eyre
Stars: Gary Farmer, Adam Beach, Ernest Tsosie III
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
Bonnie Red Bow (as Joannelle Nadine Romero)
...
...
Chief Joseph
Wayne Waterman ...
Wolf Tooth
Margot Kane ...
Imogene
...
Sandy Youngblood (as Geoff Rivas)
Roscoe Born ...
Agent Jack Novall
...
Louie Short Hair
...
Buff
Tony Frank ...
Captain Roberts
Chrissie McDonald ...
Sky Seals ...
...
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

24 February 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Zwei Cheyenne auf dem Highway  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Gross:

$283,747 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Technicolor)
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Film debut of Wes Studi. See more »

Quotes

Buddy Red Bow: You tell everybody fairy stories.
Philbert Bono: The stories of our ancestors. How they solved problems. Often the problems never change. Nor the people.
Buddy Red Bow: Yeah, well it's just too bad those stories don't tell us how to keep our reservations from turning into sewers.
Philbert Bono: But they do.
See more »

Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Featured in Rich Hall's Inventing the Indian (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

MI UNICO AMORE
Written by S.A. Santiago
Performed by Los Mariachis Morelia
Courtesy of Criterion Music Corp.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
The film was a little haunting for me.
16 June 2000 | by See all my reviews

I had a chance to spend about three weeks on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation in Lame Deer Montana when I was about 14. That the location for about the first half of Powwow Highway. The film makers really did a great job of capturing the tone of life for many inhabitants of the Reservation. I was also lucky enough to be there during the annual Powwow and when that part of the film came along it brought back many memories.


5 of 7 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page