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Smoke Signals (1998)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 26 June 1998 (USA)
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 Thomas Builds-the-Fire
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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 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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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$43,574, 28 June 1998, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$6,719,300, 18 October 1998
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The song "All My Relations" performed by Ulali at the end of the film uses the traditional Irish tune "Garryowen." The tune was a favorite of Acting-General George Armstrong Custer during the Civil War, and became the official air of the US 7th Cavalry Regiment in 1867. According to legend, it was the last tune played before the Battle of the Little Bighorn, where Custer and his entire regiment were killed. See more »

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When Victor drops Thomas off at his home, you can see the shadow of the rear-view mirror, cast on the truck seat. In the next scene, when Victor stops at his home, the mirror is gone but the bracket is there. See more »

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[Victor, Thomas and Suzy watch an old western]
Thomas Builds-the-Fire: The only thing more pathetic than Indians on TV is Indians watching Indians on TV.
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Crazy Credits

Special thanks to ... The SiJohn Family and The Coeur d'Alene Tribe ... the residents and cities of Coeur d'Alene, DeSmet, Plummer, Tensed and Worley, Idaho, Spokane and Soap Lake, Washington ... Montana Artists ... See more »


Soundtracks

A Million Miles Away
Written and Performed by Jim Boyd
Lyrics by Sherman Alexie
Courtesy of Thunderwolf Records
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One of the most enjoyable motion pictures I've ever seen,
7 January 2001 | by See all my reviews

This is one of my favourite movies and it's just wonderfully acted, directed, produced, and scored. What can I say except don't rent it, buy it! This movie is all about human emotions and Adam Beach and Evan Adams did an unforgettable acting duty as Thomas and Victor.

It's a film for the ages. A classic and one that is unfortunately, missed by many. Don't be one of those folks that pass this movie because of its "lack of explosions, cgi, or american actors"... Smoke Signals makes you open up your mind, body, and soul.

At least for the 100 or so minutes it's running... then the rest is up to you.


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