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

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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J.J. Harper
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Harry Wood
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Constable Robert Cross
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Inspector Ken Dowson
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James Harper
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Joe
Jack Blum ...
Harvey Pollock
Richard Hurst ...
Chief of Police Herb Stephen
Joy Keeper ...
Winona
B. Pat Burns ...
Gordon Sinclair
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Constable Bill Issac
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Detective Spooner
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Constable Buckman
David Gillies ...
Attorney Morton
Paul Christie ...
Sergeant Osepchuk
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Winnipeg, March, 1988. In the dark wee hours of the morning, the police, with only vague descriptions of the suspects, are in active pursuit of two perpetrators of a robbery. In that pursuit, Constable Robert Cross confronts a native Indian man who ends up having nothing to do with the robbery, but who Cross shoots dead in the ensuing confrontation. That man is John Joseph Harper - J.J. - who was just in the wrong place at the wrong time as he was walking home from a night out with friends at a bar. The problem for the police is that J.J. is the well respected Chief of the Northern Lakes Reserve and recently named Executive Director of the Aboriginal Tribal Council. However, there are no eyewitnesses to the actual shooting, and thus Cross is able to have his account as the one and only in the public consciousness, which he states includes J.J. grabbing for his gun, which resulted in the shooting for Cross to protect himself. In private, Cross is slowly unraveling mentally about his ... Written by Huggo

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J.J. Harper: I don't need to show you any freakin' ID.
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Cowboys and Indians awesome
20 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I just watched it for the second time today and I must say with all my heart it is about damn time they made a movie about us as people not as spiritual beings. Such a waste of human life as this story was maybe some good will come out of it. And Eric is hotter than ever. To often in the movies First Nations people are seen as other than everyday people. We are always portrayed as chiefs or medicine people. Hey we are just like everyone else. And this movie showed just that. We hurt when an injustice is done and we can win in quest for justice. It is really to bad that the big movie companies cant see that. I cant wait till this comes out on DVD. Thanks to those who chose to show this story as it really was.


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