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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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Grandpa Sam Reaches (as Chief Ted Thin Elk)
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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)

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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ARM is based on the American Indian Movement (AIM), a group that fights for Native American rights. The film is inspired by conflicts between AIM and the FBI in the '70s. 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 »

Quotes

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 Big Hit (1998) See more »

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Baby Let's Dance
Written by Ali Olmo & Germaine Franco
Performed by Ali Olmo
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Jon Monsarrat review: compelling, intelligent, underrated!
22 December 2002 | by See all my reviews

What's with the low rating for this film? Thunderheart is a superb thriller about Native American Indians. It's well-acted, well-paced, and we get a great sense of tension and high stakes throughout the film. Remaining respectful to the indians, but not getting syrupy or over-glorifying it, it's quite educational about culture. I found it to be intellectual as well as a good trip. And a great job by Val Kilmer.

Who should see this film:

-- action/thriller types

-- drama types with an interest in Native American Indians

I'll give "Thunderheart" a well-deserved 8 out of 10.


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