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The Business of Fancydancing (2002)

Seymour Polatkin is a successful, gay Native American poet from Spokane who confronts his past when he returns to his childhood home on the reservation to attend the funeral of a dear ... See full summary »

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Evan Adams ...
Seymour Polatkin
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Agnes Roth
Gene Tagaban ...
Aristotle Joseph
Swil Kanim ...
Mouse
Rebecca Carroll ...
The Interviewer
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Teresa
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Mr. Williams
Kevin Phillip ...
Steven
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Kim
Arthur Tulee ...
Junior One
Jim Boyd ...
Junior Two
Jennifer Kreisberg ...
Salmon Girl
Ron Otis ...
White Motorist
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Tavern Father
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Seymour Polatkin is a successful, gay Native American poet from Spokane who confronts his past when he returns to his childhood home on the reservation to attend the funeral of a dear friend. Written by Anonymous

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Sometimes going home is the hardest journey of all.

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$200,000 (estimated)

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$12,709 (USA) (10 May 2002)

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$174,682 (USA) (4 October 2002)
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Seymour Polatkin: I deserved a better life than I was born into. But I made it better with nobody's help, including shit from you. And I got no help from any of these goddamn Indians here. I had to do it myself.
Aristotle Joseph: You write about these goddamn Indians! Telling me you did it yourself! These Indians that you write about, they're helping you every day, each and every one of them; every house, every story, every poem. They're helping you. Telling me you had nobody. We've been helping you since you were born.
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A beautiful profound movie with a truly powerful and subtle ending
24 March 2004 | by (Saint Paul, Minnesota) – See all my reviews

I was impressed with "The Business of Fancydancing. " I thought it was very well made, with beautiful cinematography, excellent development of several believable key characters and a sensitive treatment of a tragic but important personal story with profound socal implications. The movie was complemented with a wonderful soundtrack and the juxtaposition of conflicting styles of music that helped to tell this paradoxical story. The ending was particularly poignant and extremely well done. Certain plot subtleties and finely nuanced multi-layered scences were evident during my second viewing. It offered moments of exquisite irony and heartfelt soul-searching. It was an intelligent treatment of the interaction of several layers of delicate personal issues. I was deeply moved by this film.


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