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Last Stand (2003)

 -  Drama | Short | Western  -  24 April 2003 (USA)
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In the aftermath of the Battle of the Little Big Horn, a twelve-year-old Lakota boy (Goes Alone) comes upon a wounded cavalry soldier (James) hiding in the grass. When Goes Alone sees James... See full summary »

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Pvt. James Cavanagh
Joseph Saul ...
Goes Alone
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Sgt. MacMillan
Chad Gordon ...
Pvt. Curtis
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Pvt. Wilkins (as Darren Reiher)
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Goes Alone's brother
Lowell Raven ...
Lakota Boy #1
Vernon Adolph ...
Lakota Boy #2
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Lucy (as Lea Moreno Young)
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Soldier Getting Scalped
Dustin Cornelius ...
Soldier
Christopher J. Francis ...
Firing Squad Soldier (as Chris Francis)
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Pfc. Anderson
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In the aftermath of the Battle of the Little Big Horn, a twelve-year-old Lakota boy (Goes Alone) comes upon a wounded cavalry soldier (James) hiding in the grass. When Goes Alone sees James about to take his own life rather than be captured, the boy takes pity on him and allows him to escape into a ravine. The next morning, Goes Alone goes looking for James and finds him by a creek, wounded and dying. Over the next two days, Goes Alone and James form a bond that grows into a friendship as Goes Alone tries to help the dying soldier. The price they both pay for the friendship they share is high as their two cultures come into contact again in a startling and emotional conclusion. Written by Anonymous

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On the American frontier, a Lakota boy and a US Cavalry soldier form an unlikely friendship.

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18 June 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film is beautifully written, directed, and acted. The striking thing about it is how little dialogue is involved; all the emotional effects are achieved by subtle visual choices in the filming and the way the actors respond to each other and their circumstances. The understanding achieved between the soldier and the Native American child evolves slowly and effectively. The pacing of the film is outstanding. This is a switch for director Torres, who also wrote and directed "December," which was remarkable for its great dialogue -- the pleading and yelling between the boys in the dormitory who are trying to figure out their places in the war and in the world -- but, like everything he does, it is brilliant. All lovers of film should own this in their DVD collection and show it to their friends!


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