Clearcut (1991)

R  |   |  Drama, Thriller, Western  |  9 July 1992 (Germany)
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When a lawyer loses an appeal to stop a logging company from clear-cutting Native American land, Arthur, an Indian militant drags him and the kidnapped logging mill manager into the forest.... See full summary »



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Credited cast:
Peter Maguire
Bud Rickets
Rebecca Jenkins ...
Tom Starblanket
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Therry Bannon ...
Sweat Lodge Singer #2
John Boylan
Harvey Churchill ...
Sweat Lodge Singer #1
Phil Harns ...
Michael Millar ...
News Cameraman #1
Steve Mousseau ...
Nasty Cop
Andrew Proctor ...
Regional Police Officer #1
Jari Sarkka ...
Regional Police Officer #2


When a lawyer loses an appeal to stop a logging company from clear-cutting Native American land, Arthur, an Indian militant drags him and the kidnapped logging mill manager into the forest. The lawyer's empty talk about how the company's greed should be punished is put into brutal action by Arthur, who tortures the manager in allegorical ways mimicking what loggers do to the forest. Written by Thomas Pluck <>

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They were destroying the land of his they must pay!

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Rated R for strong moments of torture and violence, and for language | See all certifications »


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9 July 1992 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

A Verdade de Um Sonho  »

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2.35 : 1
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Regional Police Officer #1: Where's the other Indian, what happened to him?
[referring to Arthur]
Bud Rickets: He drowned.
Peter Maguire: But he can be back.
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References The Last Wave (1977) See more »


Prayer Song
by Floyd 'Red Crow' Westerman
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"You dreamed anger--your anger is real!" That one line is the key to understanding this movie.
5 July 2000 | by See all my reviews

Arthur is the spirit-guide Peter McGuire finds during his sweat-lodge vision; a water-spirit who becomes the personification of McGuire's own anger. If you don't believe me on this, pay attention to the water shots (starting with the opening shot of the movie), the sweat-lodge sequence, and listen carefully to almost everything Wilf says. Once you understand what Arthur is, you can see that the primary themes explored are (1) talk vs. action, and (2) if you cannot control your anger, your anger will control you. I found Ron Lea a bit too wimpy to carry off the final scene, but overall, this is a very thought-provoking movie, which I recommend to anyone who likes to think.

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