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Thunderheart (1992)

A young mixed-blood FBI agent is assigned to work with a cynical veteran investigator on a murder on a poverty-stricken Sioux reservation.

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Jack Milton
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Leo Fast Elk
Sylvan Pumpkin Seed ...
Hobart
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Agent Mackey
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An FBI man with Sioux background is sent to a reservation to help with a murder investigation, where he has to come to terms with his heritage. Slowly he rejects the intimidating tactics of his fellow FBI agents, who are not so interested in solving the crime as covering up an incriminating situation with the locals, and as he becomes more tuned to his heritage, the locals begin trusting him. Based on actual Reservation occurrences of the '70s. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Two men from different worlds. Two cops after the same killer. Together they must uncover the secrets. Together they must discover the truth.


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Rated R for language, and for some areas of violence | See all certifications »

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3 April 1992 (USA)  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,507,425, 5 April 1992, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$22,660,758
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1.85 : 1
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The 55th biggest grossing film of 1992. See more »

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Both Val Kilmer and Sam Shepard's hair is too long for FBI agents in the 1970s. See more »

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Grandpa Sam Reaches: Knock it off! Knock it off! You remind me of a couple of old women!
Ray Levoi: He speaks English?
Walter Crow Horse: Yeah, only when he's really pissed off.
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Referenced in The Killing: Keylela (2012) See more »

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Feel Like Fooling Around
Written by Sonny Lemaire, Les Taylor & J.P. Pennington
Performed by Exile
Courtesy of Epic Records
By arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Definitely a must see movie
29 November 2004 | by See all my reviews

I really wonder why this movie is rated rather low on IMDb (6.5/10 right now). This is a very good movie with a great, but disturbing message, perhaps even more because it was based on real events.

It tells the story of an Indian reservation in South Dakota in the seventies. There seems to be some kind of war going on between traditionalist and progressive Indians. The traditionalists are accused of a murder on an important member of the progressive group and two FBI agents will investigate it. As their investigation goes on, one of them will find out what the real reasons are why he is there...

This is a very good thriller with a lot of Indian mystic influences, but who doesn't close an eye for the reality these people were living in. It has been based on true events, but has been changed slightly because of law suits, but it still shows how the Indians were seen and treated at the time. It's definitely a must see movie and therefor I reward it with an 8/10.


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