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Skins (2002)

An inspirational tale about the relationship between two Sioux Indian brothers living on the Pine Ridge Indian reservation.

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Verdell Weasel Tail
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Herbie Yellow Lodge
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Aunt Helen
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Stella
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Teen Mogie
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Teen Rudy
Joseph American Horse ...
Panhandler
Wilda Asimont ...
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Old Soldier
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Robert A. Bennett ...
Officer Comes Running
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Sonny Yellow Lodge
Joe Black Elk ...
Drill Team Member #1
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Storyline

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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Crime | Drama

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Rated R for language and violence | See all certifications »

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14 January 2002 (USA)  »

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Em Busca de Identidade  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$23,439 (USA) (29 September 2002)

Gross:

$238,987 (USA) (15 December 2002)
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Several of the police officers were drawn from actual local police and law agencies. See more »

Goofs

A drunken Mogie attempts to shoot a beer can with his shotgun as Rudy approaches. Near the end of the scene Mogie drops the shotgun and it discharges, hitting the beer can. Rudy picks up the shotgun and breaks open the chamber; there are however no spent shells evident in the shotgun. See more »

Quotes

Mogie Yellow Lodge: Well, maybe there is one thing you can do for me.
Rudy Yellow Lodge: What?
Mogie Yellow Lodge: Help me blow the nose off George Washington at Rushmore.
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Connections

References First Blood (1982) See more »

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NDN KARZ
Written & Performed by Keith Secola
Courtesy of Akina Records
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19 March 2005 | by (montana) – See all my reviews

I feel this movie was a good depiction of life in a poor small town (having lived in several myself.) I enjoyed that it treated Indians like regular folks just trying to find their place in the world. I am irritated by the person whining about Spike Lee and stereotypes. While Spike has contributed a body of work that provokes, he is not every black man.

According to his IMDb bio, Chris Eyre is Cheyenne and Arapaho. Those two tribes banded together with the Sioux to fight Custer at the Battle of the Little Big Horn or Custer's Last Stand. The reason for the movie's joke about the Crow is because they had been scouts FOR Custer.

The point of that history lesson is that Indians are no more homogenized than white folks. To imply that one person can speak for an entire race is just plain asinine.

In addition, there is a little bit of truth within every stereotype. Although alcoholism is not unique to Indians, Native Americans, natives, indigenous, aboriginals, etc... (or what ever the correct 'PC' term is this week) and I like how this movie dealt with it. I also especially enjoyed the cowboy boots with the football uniform...


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