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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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Sheila Tousey ...
Ted Thin Elk ...
Grandpa Sam Reaches (as Chief Ted Thin Elk)
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Julius Drum ...
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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$15,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$22,660,758 (USA)
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Trivia

Jack Milton is based on Dick Wilson, the tribal chairman of the Pine Ridge Reservation from 1972-'76. Traditionalists tried to impeach Wilson in '73. See more »

Goofs

After Ray and Walter walk away from the pow-wow campfire at Grandpa's, they start their little argument. After Walter says "they did", Ray says "Bullshit!" After that, you hear Walter say "You're bullshit!" but if you look closely, his lips don't move. See more »

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Ray Levoi: [Identifying dead body] Leo Fast Elk.
Frank Coutelle: [Sarcastically] Not fast enough.
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Referenced in The Killing: Keylela (2012) See more »

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Gonna Take Time
Written and Performed by Ali Olmo
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A magnificent movie!
27 March 2003 | by (Charlotte NC) – See all my reviews

This movie blasted me in the theater! I had heard from friends & relatives how beautiful the Badlands were. The cinematography of this film brought that beauty directly at me. The script was concise & smart. I enjoy scripts that require my attention to there detail.

Most of all, the actors excelled in their parts. Val Kilmer handled the transitions perfectly: from disinterested agent to nonbeliever to skeptic to reluctant believer to full realization without a seam! I really like Fred Ward and hated his character in this movie. Sam Shephard provided his consistent great performance. I think it was the first time I had seen Graham Greene. He turned in a fabulous performance.

This film insures that you question everything you learned from a textbook. It brings you in, shows you another viewpoint, illustrates the other side of the story, and demands that you think before you take a side. I paid to see this film twice in the theater and bought the DVD when it was released. I watch it regularly.

If I had to pick another film that had similar power, it would be "In Pursuit Of Honor" with Don Johnson & Craig Sheffer.


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