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Mystic Voices: The Story of the Pequot War (2004)

Spring 1634: Unidentified Indians kill John Stone, a scurrilous Englishman and pirate. The English blame the Pequots and for two years Colonial-Pequot tensions remain high. 1636: Block ... See full summary »

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John Winthrop, Sr.
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Spring 1634: Unidentified Indians kill John Stone, a scurrilous Englishman and pirate. The English blame the Pequots and for two years Colonial-Pequot tensions remain high. 1636: Block Island Indians kill John Oldham. The English send an expedition to punish the Block Islanders and to demand John Stone's killers from the Pequots. Talks with the Pequots break down and violence erupts. The Pequots attack English settlements, and the English declare war on the Pequots -- the first declared war in America. 1637: English Puritans, with Mohegan and Narragansett allies, burn a Pequot village at Missituck (Mystic), massacring 400-700 men, women, and children. The English pursue the remaining Pequots until most are either killed or enslaved. Pequots are forbidden to use their tribal name and are subjugated to other Native Tribes allied with the English. With the help of sympathetic English leaders, they eventually are able to reestablish their own communities, which become the first Indian ... Written by Producers

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When the filmmakers first considered celebrity narrators it was suggested to work with Keir Dullea, a neighbor of producer Guy Perrotta and whose wife, Susie Fuller, was once Perotta's acting teacher. When the narration was recorded sometime later, Louis Edmonds was set to start when he was taken ill with throat cancer. Edmonds suggested that the producers work with his neighbor, Roy Scheider. See more »

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Roger Williams: Boast not, proud English, of thy birth and blood; Thy brother Indian is by birth as good.
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Compelling and Balanced
17 November 2004 | by See all my reviews

I've seen this film twice and both times it was a sell out audience (at least in New Haven and at the second screening in Rhode Island). Friends found it stimulating. While engrossing it was also objective and this alone is commendable.

All the elements worked--from the on-camera interviews, to the production design, the cinematography and editing, the music of Emmy winner Charles David Denler and Joanne Shenandoah, dramatic reenactments,the voice of Roy Scheider, the atmospheric locales-- this is a winner all the way. It certainly makes you think about the bloody origins of the US.

This film deconstructs the Puritan myth as we currently know it. An eye opener.


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