MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 4,384 this week

Powwow Highway (1989)

R  |   |  Drama  |  24 February 1989 (USA)
7.3
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.3/10 from 1,236 users  
Reviews: 15 user | 5 critic

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 »
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $3.99 on Amazon Instant Video

ON DISC

Family Entertainment Guide: IMDb on the Street

IMDb visited the Santa Monica Pier to ask families about their favorite movies from this summer, as well as their favorite all-time movies, TV shows, and characters.

See our Family Entertainment Guide

Related News

Four Sheets to the Wind
| The Hollywood Reporter

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 37 titles
created 14 May 2012
 
a list of 36 titles
created 05 Feb 2013
 
a list of 38 titles
created 01 Jul 2013
 
a list of 45 titles
created 7 months ago
 
a list of 25 titles
created 1 month ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Powwow Highway" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Powwow Highway (1989)

Powwow Highway (1989) on IMDb 7.3/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Powwow Highway.
2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

DreamKeeper (TV Movie 2003)
Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 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
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
Coyote Waits (TV Movie 2003)
Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 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
Documentary | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

On June 26, 1975, during a period of high tensions on the Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota, two FBI agents were killed in a shootout with a group of Indians. Although several men were... See full summary »

Director: Michael Apted
Stars: Robert Redford, Norman Zigrossi, Robert Sikma
Reel Injun (2009)
Documentary
    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: Angela Aleiss, Adam Beach, R. Michael David
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A story of life on an Indian reservation 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
Crazy Horse (TV Movie 1996)
Action | Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

The legendary Native American chieftain refuses to go with his people peacefully to the reservation and starts a rebellion.

Director: John Irvin
Stars: Michael Greyeyes, Victor Aaron, Nathaniel Arcand
Skinwalkers (TV Movie 2002)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

The story revolves around the legend of the skin walkers or "S Dubs", a folk legend from Utah about the spirits of murdered Indians returning to seek revenge upon those who disrespect the land.

Director: Chris Eyre
Stars: Harrison Lowe, James Dalgam, Adam Beach
Drama | History | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A chronicle of how American Indians were displaced as the U.S. expanded west. Based on the book by Dee Brown.

Director: Yves Simoneau
Stars: Aidan Quinn, Adam Beach, August Schellenberg
Wounded Knee (2009)
Documentary | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

On the night of February 27, 1973, a caravan of cars carrying 200 armed Oglala Lakota-led by American Indian Movement (AIM) activists-entered Wounded Knee on the Pine Ridge Reservation and ... See full summary »

Director: Stanley Nelson
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Mary Crow Dog, daughter of a desperately poor Indian family in South Dakota, is swept up in the protests of the 1960s and becomes sensitized to the injustices that society inflicts on her ... See full summary »

Director: Frank Pierson
Stars: Charles Abourezk, Dave Bald Eagle, Lawrence Bayne
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

"Turquoise Rose" is a coming of age story about a Navajo girl from Arizona. Raised in the suburbs of Phoenix, "T" attends college and is interning as a photojournalist at the local paper. ... See full summary »

Director: Travis Holt Hamilton
Stars: Deshava Apachee, Donavon G. Barney, Ethel Begay
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Buddy Red Bow
...
Philbert Bono
...
Bonnie Red Bow (as Joannelle Nadine Romero)
...
Rabbit Layton
Sam Vlahos ...
Wayne Waterman ...
Wolf Tooth
Margot Kane ...
Imogene
Geoffrey Rivas ...
Sandy Youngblood (as Geoff Rivas)
Roscoe Born ...
Agent Jack Novall
...
Louie Short Hair
...
Buff
Tony Frank ...
Captain Roberts
Chrissie McDonald ...
Jane Red Bow
Sky Seals ...
Sky Red Bow
...
Aunt Harriet
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

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

24 February 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Az ősök földjén  »

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

Rabbit Layton: [sees Philbert's car] What, are you traveling incognito as a garbage man?
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

SWEET FIRE OF LOVE
Written by Robbie Robertson / U2
Performed by Robbie Robertson / U2
Courtesy of Geffen Records
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?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Don't miss this special film mad19571
Who's the father of Bonnie's children? perfect909
Sky Seals afflecksgirly
Discuss Powwow Highway (1989) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?