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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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Arthur
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Peter Maguire
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Bud Rickets
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Wilf
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Louise
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Tom Starblanket
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Therry Bannon ...
Sweat Lodge Singer #2
Harvey Churchill ...
Sweat Lodge Singer #1
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Michael Millar ...
News Cameraman #1
Steve Mousseau ...
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Andrew Proctor ...
Regional Police Officer #1
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Hunter
Jari Sarkka ...
Regional Police Officer #2
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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. 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 <stripey@winternet.com>

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They were destroying the land of his heritage...now 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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Peter Maguire: Is this your revenge?
Arthur: You know that the soldier's used to play catch with the breasts of Navajo women. And they were slippery and hard to hang on to and the soldiers, they'd all laugh. Arthur's cruel and I forget why. Well, it's time for them to pay.
Peter Maguire: How much?
Arthur: More than this.
Peter Maguire: This is enough.
Arthur: Enough? This is nothing, this is only one man's leg. Goddamn you come cheap.
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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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