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Skins (2002)

 -  Crime | Drama  -  14 January 2002 (USA)
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An inspirational tale about the relationship between two Sioux Indian brothers living on the Pine Ridge Indian reservation.

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Officer Comes Running
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Sonny Yellow Lodge
Joe Black Elk ...
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Rudy Yellow Lodge is an investigator with the police department and witnesses firsthand the painful legacy of Indian existence. Although rampant unemployment, alcoholism and domestic violence are the norm for many reservation inhabitants, Rudy has largely escaped this cycle of despair. His brother Mogie, however, has not. Now faced with the discovery of a bloodied body, a flaming liquor store just off native land that sells millions of cans of beer a year to the native population, and his brother's ongoing self-destruction, Rudy goes on a quest to avenge himself, his family, and his culture and to seek justice. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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The Other American Heroes.

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$23,439 (USA) (27 September 2002)

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$238,987 (USA) (13 December 2002)
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Mogie Yellow Lodge: Well, maybe there is one thing you can do for me.
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Mogie Yellow Lodge: Help me blow the nose off George Washington at Rushmore.
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Life and death on the rez
12 May 2003 | by (Orange County, CA USA) – See all my reviews

"Skins" is an unabashed low budget indie which tells a meager story about life on South Dakota's impoverished Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. The film centers on an Indian cop/vigilante (Schweig) and his alcoholic Vietnam vet brother (Greene) and manages good character development, a semblance of story, humor, drama, and an obvious proactive Native American agenda. This austere production will be an average watch for most filmgoers while those with specific interest in Native American issues will find depth, substance, and resonance. (C+)

Note - Those interested in "Skins" might want to give "Thunderheart 1992" (also with Graham Greene) a look.


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