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Children of the Dust (1995)

TV Movie  |  R  |   |  Western  |  26 February 1995 (USA)
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Gypsy Smith, is a gunfighter and a bounty hunter. When he leads the US army into a Cheyenne camp to capture a suspected Indian renegade, a long train of events begins that finally lead to ... See full summary »

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Gypsy Smith
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John Maxwell
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Rachel
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Shelby Hornbeck
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Drusilla
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Corby / White Wolf
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Aunt Bertha
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Rose
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Dexter
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Nora Maxwell
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Sonny Boy (as John Pyper Ferguson)
Byron Chief-Moon ...
Chief Walks-The-Clouds
Kevin McNulty ...
Sheriff Harriman
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Gypsy Smith, is a gunfighter and a bounty hunter. When he leads the US army into a Cheyenne camp to capture a suspected Indian renegade, a long train of events begins that finally lead to that 'good day to die'. White Wolf, only a child, is one of the few survivors of the massacre of his tribe that day, and Gypsy brings him to live with the Maxwell family, where he grows up not fully Indian and not really white but a bit too close to Rachel, the Maxwell daughter. And Gypsy now reappears, leading a group of Black settlers from the post-Civil War South to start a new life in a town of their own - Freedom in the Oklahoma Territory, its first black settlement. White Wolf (or Corby as a 'white' name') is now with his people, but all of these parts come back together in conflict, violence, loss, and Pyrric triumph. Written by Bruce Cameron <dumarest@midcoast.com>

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Rated R for areas of violence and some sexuality | See all certifications »
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26 February 1995 (USA)  »

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Quotes

Shelby Hornbeck: I've been haunted by my mother's death for so many years now.
Rachel: I'm haunted, too. I found my mother hanging from the ceiling when I was just a kid.
Shelby Hornbeck: It's a cruel message for a mother to leave her daughter.
Rachel: Yes, it was. She seemed to be saying that life is too difficult, too painful, too empty to keep on struggling; that is was better to die than go through with it. I don't want to be like her. I want to have a life filled with love and joy and family.
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Featured in The 47th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (1995) See more »

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Overall a Good Film
18 April 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I'll admit to only wanting to see this film because of Billy Wirth, which for me was well worth the eleven dollars I spent on the DVD, but for fans of more violent westerns, this isn't the film for you. It was was good movie but I was expecting more action. The dialogue at times was kind of crappy as well as the acting, mainly from Joanna Going but the story was good. Billy Wirth most certainly looked the part of a Native American and did a pretty good job playing one, too. I'm not sure which storyline I liked better, Sidney Poitier's romance, Billy Wirth and Joanna Going's romance, or the ounce of action involved in the movie but it worked. Overall, this was a good movie that's worth the watch.


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