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Cowboys and Indians: The J.J. Harper Story (2003)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama  -  5 October 2003 (Canada)
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J.J. Harper, a First Nations chief, is gunned down by police constable Robert Cross on his way home one snowy night in downtown Winnipeg.



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Credited cast:
Sharon Bajer ...
JJ Harper
Jack Blum ...
Harvey Pollock, QC
Det. Spooner
Harlan Bruyere ...
Inspector Ken Dowson
Constable Bill Issac
Sergeant Osepchuk
Reporter #2
Stephen's Assistant
Constable Robert Cross
Richard Hurst ...
Chief of Police Herb Stephen
Anthony Lambert-Whitford ...
Little Billy
Melissa LeClaire ...


Based on the true story of J.J. Harper, a First Nations leader, who was shot and killed by Winnipeg Police Constable Robert Cross on his way home one snowy night in in 1988. As the guilt-ridden Cross descends into madness, J.J. Harper's brother, Harry Wood, supported by native leaders; cries out for justice through legal channels. The police close ranks to ensure that Cross is never prosecuted for the crime. Written by Robb Mavins

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[Joe and Harry are standing over J.J.'s grave]
Harry Wood: I don't know what to say.
Joe: Just tell him, we did the best we could.
Harry Wood: J.J., we did the best we could.
Harry Wood: He says, bullshit.
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Excellent Film!
20 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Cowboys and Indians is an excellent film. The writing, acting, directing could not have been better. This was a story that begged to be told, and this group of talented individuals and teams did a superb job of doing so. Stories like this one are not pleasant ones, but serve to remind people of the social injustices that exist all around the world. It is my hope that when this film is seen that attitudes and prejudices will be changed. A film that can do that is a rare a special thing. Andrew Berzins is an excellent writer, and his talents and expertise in this field came shining through in this film.

Thank you for telling this story!!!


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