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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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Suzy Song
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Young Victor Joseph
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Young Thomas Builds-the-Fire
Monique Mojica ...
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Chief Leonard George ...
Lester Fallsapart (as Leonard George)
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Junior Polatkin
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Boo
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Velma
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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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During the shooting of Lucy and Velma driving backwards, Elaine Miles (Lucy) acquired the skill of driving the car backwards. Hence, no stunt driver was needed. Miles performed the driving herself. See more »

Goofs

The old pickup truck that leaves the Joseph house on the reservation has 10-lug rims, and when it is returned by Victor and Thomas, it has 5-lug rims on all 4 wheels. Obviously it's a different truck. See more »

Quotes

[Thomas and Victor try to hitch a ride with Velma and Lucy]
Velma: Hey Thomas, need a ride?
Thomas Builds-the-Fire: Yeah!
Velma: What are goin' to trade for it. We're Indians, remember. We barter!
Thomas Builds-the-Fire: A story?
Lucy: Better be good.
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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 »

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Referenced in Film Geek (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

John Wayne's Teeth
Written and Performed by Eaglebear Singers
Lyrics by Sherman Alexie
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Excellent movie about just being Indian, from Indians.
24 July 2002 | by (San Jose, CA USA) – See all my reviews

I lived where this was filmed and really enjoyed the movie for the content and the location. The inside jokes about being Indian were great and since I no longer live on the reservation it reminded me of home. The story was believable and the actors brought it to life. I had to call my brother and tell him to watch it again and look closer at the end credits and background of the film, it is wonderful. Congratulations to the Cast & Crew.


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