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Smoke Signals (1998)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  26 June 1998 (USA)
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Young Indian man Thomas is a nerd in his reservation, wearing oversize glasses and telling everyone stories no-one wants to hear. His parents died in a fire in 1976, and Thomas was saved by... See full summary »

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Young Victor Joseph
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Young Thomas Builds-the-Fire
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Lester Fallsapart (as Leonard George)
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Junior Polatkin
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Boo
Michelle St. John ...
Velma
Elaine Miles ...
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Cathy the Gymnast
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Storyline

Young Indian man Thomas is a nerd in his reservation, wearing oversize glasses and telling everyone stories no-one wants to hear. His parents died in a fire in 1976, and Thomas was saved by Arnold. Arnold soon left his family (and his tough son Victor), and Victor hasn't seen his father for 10 years. When Victor hears Arnold has died, Thomas offers him funding for the trip to get Arnold's remains, but only if Thomas will also go with him. Thomas and Victor hit the road. Written by Anonymous

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A new film from the heart of Native America.

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated PG-13 for some intense images | See all certifications »

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26 June 1998 (USA)  »

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This Is What It Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$43,574 (USA) (26 June 1998)

Gross:

$6,719,300 (USA) (16 October 1998)
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The first movie to be written, directed, and co-produced by a Native American. See more »

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When Thomas walks into the gym, he places the boom box on the floor facing away from basketball court. In the next shot it's turned towards the court. See more »

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[Thomas concludes his story he is trading for a ride]
Thomas Builds-the-Fire: Arnold got arrested, you know. But he got lucky. They charged him with attempted murder. Then they plea-bargained that down to assault with a deadly weapon. Then they plea-bargained that down to being an Indian in the Twentieth Century. Then he got two years in Walla Walla.
Lucy: [to Velma] What do you think?
Velma: I think it's a fine example of the oral tradition.
[laughs]
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Crazy Credits

Support HONOR/EARTH campaign. Support American Indian College Fund. Contributions from the profits of this film will be made to each of these organizations. See more »

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References The Lone Ranger (1949) See more »

Soundtracks

Her Song
Music and Lyrics by André L. Picard Jr.
Performed by André L. Picard Jr. and John Sirois
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Nice movie!
24 May 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

My young grandniece and nephew were visiting with me during the Christmas holidays several years ago and we rented this movie from the local library. Without a doubt, it was excellent. I wanted them to see a movie with various role models, and as I had never seen this movie, I thought it would be a treat for all of us. I especially liked Thomas and his stories. Stories are an important part of growing up in all cultures. We can learn about customs of various groups through them, as well as learn a lot about ourselves, as human beings. I felt that the problems that the young man was encountering with his father are relevant to all people, young and old, and if they are not resolved, unfortunately, those problems hinder personal growth. This film was not only entertaining, but thought-provoking as well. Well done!


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