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The Business of Fancydancing (2002)

 -  Drama | Music  -  14 January 2002 (USA)
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Seymour Polatkin is a successful, gay Indian 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.

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Cast overview:
Evan Adams ...
Seymour Polatkin
Michelle St. John ...
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
Elaine Miles ...
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 Indian 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'm Seymour Polatkin. I'm the President of the Native American Student Alliance. Well, white people call us an alliance but I like to think of us as more of an army.
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One of the most powerful films I have ever seen...
30 December 2003 | by (Seattle) – See all my reviews

I have been a fan of Sherman Alexie's for many years, and really wanted to see his directorial debut. FANCYDANCING did not fail to disappoint. The acting was powerful, the writing was strong and the images were beautiful and haunted me for days following my first viewing of the film. Specifically, the character of Mouse from the Spokane reservation of Polatkin's birth, with his beautiful and painful renditions of TEN LITTLE INDIANS and THE STARSPANGLED BANNER chilled me to the bone. Also, the subtle references to culture, literature and humor commonly found in Alexie's writing were done in a way unique to any film I have ever seen. I am so happy to be taking his class at the University of Washington in the Winter. Hope other people have a chance to view this beautiful and unforgettable film.


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