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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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Frank Coutelle
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Jack Milton
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Sheila Tousey ...
Maggie Eagle Bear
Ted Thin Elk ...
Grandpa Sam Reaches (as Chief Ted Thin Elk)
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Jimmy Looks Twice
Julius Drum ...
Richard Yellow Hawk
Sarah Brave ...
Maisy Blue Legs
Allan R.J. Joseph ...
Leo Fast Elk
Sylvan Pumpkin Seed ...
Hobart
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Agent Mackey
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Brian A. O'Meara ...
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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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Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$4,507,425 (USA) (5 April 1992)

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$22,660,758 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In the movie, Val Kilmer plays a character who is 1/4th Sioux. In real life, he is 1/4th Cherokee. See more »

Goofs

As Coutelle and his goons chase Levoi and Crow Horse towards the stronghold, they are supposed to be driving across virgin prairie, but we can clearly see the tracks in the grass made ahead of their Chevrolet Impala (early 80's model, and the film is set 10 years before) by the camera truck. See more »

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Frank Coutelle: [pointing out the squalid conditions on the reservation] Look at this, we got the Third World smack dab in the heart of America. Hard to believe, huh? It used to be all theirs, clear on up into Canada. This is what they got left with.
Ray Levoi: Jesus.
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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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This film is a must see
3 December 1998 | by (usa) – See all my reviews

Maybe it's because this film followed in the shadow of "Dances With Wolves"-- or maybe it just wasn't marketed well-- but it's beyond me and all those I know who have seen it why this movie didn't do better in the theatres.

All the pieces are there: great actors (and acting), amazing characters, excellent cinematography, a believable, engrossing, and simply wonderful storyline, mystery, suspense, comedy. I did not want this movie to end! A well loved movie by many. Rent it now.


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