War Party (1988)

R  |   |  Action, Drama  |  29 September 1989 (USA)
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A group of re-enactors attempt to stage a hundred year anniversary battle between US Cavalry and Blackfeet Indians. Unfortunately racial hostilities and a real gun lead to some all too real... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sonny Crowkiller
Skitty Harris
Tim Sampson ...
Warren Cutfoot
Jimmie Ray Weeks ...
Jay Stivic
The Sheriff
Sonny's Mother
The Mayor
Major Crawford, National Guard
Posse Member #1
William Frankfather ...
The Governor
Colin Ditweiler
Dennis Banks ...
Ben Crowkiller / Dead Crow Chief
Freddie Man Wolf
The Crow (as Rodney Grant)


A group of re-enactors attempt to stage a hundred year anniversary battle between US Cavalry and Blackfeet Indians. Unfortunately racial hostilities and a real gun lead to some all too real casualties, and three young Blackfeet men are caught in the middle. The film follows their flight for freedom in the face of an angry community which has mistakenly blamed them for the violence. Written by K.L.

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One hundred years after the Battle of Milk River, both sides agreed to reenact it...No one was supposed to get hurt...The cavalry was supposed to shoot blanks...The Redskins weren't supposed to fight back.


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Release Date:

29 September 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

War Game  »

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$657,190 (USA)

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Interesting film that deals with a problem that still exists.
17 August 2005 | by (Sacramento, CA) – See all my reviews

War Party (1988) was a film about the racial tensions that exist between the local Native Americans and their white neighbors. An annual re-enactment commemorating a vicious slaughter of Indians at the hands of the U.S. Calvary ignites a powder keg of racial anger that has been brewing amongst the youngsters. During the mock battle, two Indian youths (Billy Wirth and Kevin Dillion) defend themselves from a loud mouth yokel (Kevyn Major Howard) who decides to bring live ammunition to the show. Will the powder keg explode? Who will fall victim to this ignorance? Can the two races still co-exist after this tragedy?

A very underrated film. What I liked about it was that it dealt with an issue that still exist in this country. Even though it's not in the open, racial tensions between the whites and Indians will always be there. It'll take education and acceptance to do away with it. But many people are still ignorant to the fact. I wish this movie was available on D.V.D. I saw it most recently on satellite t.v. A very underrated movie that's still searching for an audience.


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