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War Party (1988)

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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Sonny Crowkiller
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Warren Cutfoot
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Jay Stivic
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The Sheriff
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Major Crawford, National Guard
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Colin Ditweiler
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Ben Crowkiller / Dead Crow Chief
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Freddie Man Wolf
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The Crow (as Rodney Grant)

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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 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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29 September 1989 (USA)  »

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$657,190 (USA)
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Colin Ditweiler: Hand me that roadapple there.
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It Wasn't God Who Made Honky-Tonk Angels
Performed by Rocky Mountain Renegades (uncredited)
Composed by J.D. Miller
Published by Southern Music Publishing Co. Ltd.
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Shot in my hometown
7 August 2001 | by (Seattle, Washington) – See all my reviews

I remember when I was about 13 years old this movie was filmed in my hometown and on my reservation. I was very anxious to watch it and eagerly looked at the places I lived near all my young life as they appeared onscreen.

Being an enrolled Blackfeet Indian it is easy for me to get caught up in the whole nature of this film, because, after all, this is a film about Blackfeet indians. I choose to look at it in a different way though. The plot is far fetched to say the least and the movie is quite silly all together. I enjoyed watching it, but it's not an altogether good film. It really doesn't make any profound statement or stir up any topic of discussion. If this was a movie that was intended to take an in depth look at indians and then provoke some sort of emotion, well then, it failed completely at that direction.

I choose to believe that War Party was made to be entertaining and not thought provoking though. A sort of "what if this really did happen" type of movie that gives the watcher a chance to see a wild happenstance that wouldn't occur in todays society. An interesting film if you are a film struck young man who has grown up in the area where it was shot, but not much more than a boring night in front of your tv and VCR if you are anybody else in this world. The most significant accomplishment this movie has done is it helped launch the career of Billy Worth who is now foraying from acting and becoming a director to reckon with in the near future.


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