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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)  »

Also Known As:

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 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 Thomas offers Victor money to help get him to Phoenix, his braids change position. In one shot, they are both in front. In the next shot, his right braid is over his shoulder. This repeats several times. See more »

Quotes

[Velma and Lucy drop Thomas and Victor at the bus station]
Velma: You guys got your passports?
Thomas Builds-the-Fire: Passports?
Velma: Yeah, you're leavin' the rez and goin' into a whole different country, cousin.
Thomas Builds-the-Fire: But... but, it's the United States.
Lucy: Damn right it is! That's as foreign as it gets. Hope you two have your vaccinations.
[All laugh]
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Crazy Credits

Thanks to ... the advisers and staff of the Sundance Filmmakers lab ... See more »

Connections

References Dances with Wolves (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

All My Relations
Music by Garry Owen
Lyrics by Pura Fe
Performed by Ulali
(Pura Fe, Soni Moreno, Jennifer Kreisberg)
Pura Fe appears courtesy of Shanachie Records
Copyright Corn, Beans and Squash Music (ASCAP)
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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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