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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 »

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Joanelle Romero ...
Bonnie Red Bow (as Joannelle Nadine Romero)
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Chief Joseph
Wayne Waterman ...
Wolf Tooth
Margot Kane ...
Imogene
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Sandy Youngblood (as Geoff Rivas)
Roscoe Born ...
Agent Jack Novall
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Louie Short Hair
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Tony Frank ...
Captain Roberts
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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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Zwei Cheyenne auf dem Highway  »

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$283,747
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Film debut of Wes Studi. See more »

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Buddy Red Bow: This ain't the American Dream here. This is the Third World!
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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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Referenced in Siskel & Ebert: Oscar Nomination Surprises for 1990 (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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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.


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