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Powwow Highway (1989)

 -  Drama  -  24 February 1989 (USA)
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Social realism regarding struggles of reservation-dwelling Native Americans in the North Central states of the US. Main character is an introspective and lovable person in a process of ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Buddy Red Bow
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Philbert Bono
Joannelle Nadine Romero ...
Bonnie Red Bow
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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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Social realism regarding struggles of reservation-dwelling Native Americans in the North Central states of the US. Main character is an introspective and lovable person in a process of seeking pride and identity through tradtional 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)  »

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Az ősök földjén  »

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

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SWEET FIRE OF LOVE
Written by Robbie Robertson / U2
Performed by Robbie Robertson / U2
Courtesy of Geffen Records
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One of the first great NA films
2 November 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

One of the great disappointments about most of the films that predate this one and revolve around anything purporting to be about "Native Americans" or "Indians," is the stereotypical nature of the characters (mostly, "noble" and "stoic"). This was one of the first and still is one of the best films that captures the humor that is intrinsic to the culture(s) of most of the Native Americans that I've ever been around. Without this film, "Smoke Signals" might never have been possible, since it broke some much needed ground, helping to end the still prevalent practice of using non-Indians to play Indians.

The great thing about this film is that, like Smoke Signals, it has themes that transcend the merely cultural. Most of the elders I know teach with humor, and this movie captures that beautifully.

It's a movie not to be missed!


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