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Red Earth, White Earth (1989)

Guy Pehrsson is summoned by his grandfather to return to the farming community of his childhood. He arrives from the City to find that his mother has finally left his alcoholic and abusive ... See full summary »

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Madeline
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Guy Pehrsson (as Timothy Daly)
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Tom Redfox
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Helmer
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Martin
Danette Mackay ...
Mary Ann
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Fenske
Joe Cazalet ...
Jewel (as Joseph Cazalet)
François Klanfer ...
Senator Stanbrook
Walter Massey ...
Doc
Philip Spensley ...
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Norris Domingue ...
Schroder
Ritchie Nadeau ...
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Jordan Marchand ...
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Guy Pehrsson is summoned by his grandfather to return to the farming community of his childhood. He arrives from the City to find that his mother has finally left his alcoholic and abusive father and now lives among the Indians, Guy's childhood friends and neighbours. He also discovers friction between the white farmers and the local Indians, now faced with the choice of selling or retaining their land. A choice made harder by poverty. Guy's boyhood friend, Tom Redfox, leads those Indians who wish to keep their land. Against the background of ensuing confrontation, Guy becomes reacquainted with his estranged parents, his childhood friends and old values, leading to a tragedy that affect the whole community. Written by Anonymous

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24 January 1989 (USA)  »

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Snake Treaty  »

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A look at the concept of Indian reservations
14 May 2005 | by (South Dakota) – See all my reviews

CBS TV movie. It could have been pretty good. I thought it was kind of boring and stupid. I hope the book made more sense. Still, it is a look at the concept of Indian reservations. Most white people don't have anything to do with Indians and Indian reservations and stick with the status quo. Timothy Daly plays Guy Pehrsson, a young white man who has made his fortune in California making computer circuitboards. He comes back to his home dairy farm located within the boundaries of the White Earth Indian Reservation in Minnesota, driving a Mercedes-Benz. Ralph Waite plays Martin, the somewhat dumb dairy farmer. Richard Farnsworth plays Helmer. Helmer dies. Helmer regretted once losing a flax crop because he refused to harvest it on a Sunday. Martin has money problems with the banker. Guy digs out of the earth a 1957 Chevy he once covered with grease and buried to keep a banker from getting it. Anyway, for some reason, the Indians detest having white farmers and a white-owned potato chip company using Reservation land. And that leads to the ending of the movie, which I'll not spoil to you.


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