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  (in credits order)

James Duval ... Hunter

Kevin Anderson ... Hank
Andrew J. Ferchland ... Young Hunter
Jeri Arredondo ... Maggie

Judy Herrera ... Geri (as Jade Herrera)

Gordon Tootoosis ... Marvin
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Nathaniel Arcand ... Junior
Orvel Baldridge ... Oliver

Gil Birmingham ... Manny
Norman Brown ... Bear
Kody Dayish ... Young Cheekie

Robert A. Guthrie ... Cheekie (as Robert C. Anthony)
Lusheia Lenaburg ... Kristy
Raven Letterman ... Tattoo Artist (as 'Raven' Letterman)

Jim Metzler ... Dr. Moore
Gayle Piester ... Mrs. Jensen

Alex Rice ... Bird
James Smith Jr. ... Tommy Deer in Water
Kyle White ... Young Junior

Directed by
Randy Redroad 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Randy Redroad 

Produced by
Chris Eyre .... producer
Jennifer Newell-Easton .... executive producer
Randy Redroad .... co-producer
Anthony Vozza .... producer
Original Music by
Adam Dorn  (as Adam Dorn aka Mocean Worker)
Cinematography by
László Kadar 
Film Editing by
Matthew Booth 
Casting by
Rene Haynes 
Production Design by
Debbie DeVilla 
Art Direction by
Laura Ballinger 
Costume Design by
Erin Lenk 
Patia Prouty 
Production Management
Nancy Hirami .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Eugene Mazzola .... first assistant director
Saveria T. Mazzola .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Matthew Cavaliero .... property master
Nick Stanton .... assistant property master
Sound Department
Karma Barber .... foley artist
Robby Bartholomew .... sound re-recording mixer
Sean Keegan .... dialogue editor
Todd Morrissey .... sound recordist
Clancy T. Troutman .... supervising sound editor
Special Effects by
Jackson Burns .... special effects coordinator (as Jackson Earl Burns)
Ray Saniger .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Brian Boyll .... grip
Lucas Calhoun .... camera loader (as Luc Calhoun)
D.R. Curtis .... set lighting technician
Casey Ellison .... chief lighting technician
Daniel H. Goldstein .... best boy electric
Larry Gus .... still photographer
Jerry Hill .... Steadicam operator
Kyle T. MacDowell .... dolly grip
Ely Mennin .... electrician
Music Department
Alex Battles .... music consultant: Signature Sound Inc.
Chris Guastelle .... music consultant: Signature Sound
Micha Liberman .... music editor
Transportation Department
Ian Brewer .... driver: cast
John Proctor .... transportation coordinator
Jack Jay Reece .... driver (as Jay Reece)
Other crew
Jim Gerwig .... caterer
Kara Mazzola .... production accountant
Paula Price .... adr voice
Juan Pablo Reinoso .... production assistant
Michael Stirling .... assistant accountant
Ron Van Voorhis .... set medic
Steven Wood .... production assistant

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14 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
A truly beautiful film, 4 February 2004
Author: Violet from En Quebec, avec les petits french fries mignons

I am deeply in love with this film, and each time I watch it I love it even more. I truly look forward to seeing more from its writer/director, Randy Redroad. I fear that, living outside of America, however, I may have trouble finding his work... but I hope this will not be the case!

From beginning to end, "The Doe Boy" exudes a powerful, yet non-sensationalistic and understated spirituality that many films would do well to emulate.

The story concerns Hunter, a mixed-blooded Cherokee/White young man with haemophilia ("a white man's disease"), and his struggle for identity and for a sense of power over his life. Throughout the film he struggles with a difficult relationship with his father, made worse by Hunter's inability to play sports, to help his father work on his car, or to, as his name suggests, hunt (which is also a favourite pastime of his father). Along the way his grandfather, a full-blood Cherokee, gently assists him by telling him tales of their history and explaining his own way of viewing the world.

Hunter's father manages to persuade Hunter's overprotective mother to allow him to take Hunter deer hunting and Hunter, thinking he sees a buck, instead commits the social faux pas of killing a female deer, earning him the nickname of "Doe Boy". Giving away further details may lessen the experience of the first viewing, so I will not describe the other major plot developments that take place in this film, except to say that Hunter is left even more alone and powerless in this world, and calls upon the strength and wisdom of his grandfather to guide him to find the inner strength, courage and self-reliance to take the hand life has dealt him, and to become a true warrior and Cherokee brave.

I am still unclear as to the implications of the ending, however that does not make me love this film any less; perhaps the film maker intended to leave the ending somewhat open, given the nature of the events and circumstances that preceded it.

Without a doubt, this film - as beautiful, deep and soulful as the warpainted eyes of James Duval as the Cherokee brave of some of the final scenes of the film - is a must-see for any fan of James Duval or of modern, Native American-themed cinema. As a fan of both, I would like to thank both Mr Redroad and all the people who participated in the making of this film, for making available something so beautiful and touching, for the world to experience. I believe that James Duval may well be remembered for the role of Hunter Kirk for the rest of his career. This is a truly beautiful film, which I would very, very highly recommend.

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