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Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee (2007)

TV Movie  |  TV-14  |   |  Drama, History, Western  |  27 May 2007 (USA)
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A chronicle of how American Indians were displaced as the U.S. expanded west. Based on the book by Dee Brown.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ohiyesa / Young Charles
Duane Howard ...
Henry Dawes
President Ulysses S. Grant (as Fred Thompson)
Nathan Lee Chasing His Horse ...
One Bull (as Nathan Chasing Horse)
Wayne Charles Baker ...
Brian Stollery ...
Bishop Whipple
Shaun Johnston ...
Billy Merasty ...
Young Man Afraid
Morris Birdyellowhead ...
American Horse
Chasing Crane


Beginning just after the bloody Sioux victory over General Custer at Little Big Horn, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee intertwines the perspectives of three characters: Charles Eastman, né Ohiyesa, a young, Dartmouth-educated, Sioux doctor held up as living proof of the alleged success of assimilation; Sitting Bull, the proud Lakota chief who refuses to submit to U.S. government policies designed to strip his people of their identity, their dignity and their sacred land - the gold-laden Black Hills of the Dakotas; and Senator Henry Dawes, who was one of the architects of the government policy on Indian affairs. While Eastman and patrician schoolteacher Elaine Goodale work to improve life for the Indians on the reservation, Senator Dawes lobbies President Grant for more humane treatment, opposing the bellicose stance of General William Tecumseh Sherman. Hope rises for the Indians in the form of the prophet Wovoka and the Ghost Dance - a messianic movement that promises an end of their ... Written by HBO Films

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The Epic Fall of the American Indian


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Originally began development in 1995 as a two-part miniseries for ABC. See more »


When Charles Eastman is sitting on the floor, you can clearly see that the soles of his boots are made of man made material with a modern tread design, not the smooth leather soles you would expect to see in the nineteenth century. See more »


General Sherman: [after Custer and his men are massacred at the Battle of the Little Bighorn] The man was a fuckin' idiot. Splits his forces? Daylight raid, high noon?
Henry Dawes: An idiot, perhaps, but he had his orders, Mr. President. Drive the Sioux out of the Black Hills onto the ration rolls, so we could get to that damn gold. The Sioux resisted.
General Sherman: Resisted? Bullshit!
Henry Dawes: They *resisted*, General Sherman.
President Ulysses S. Grant: Blocking a roundhouse to the chin is "resistance", Henry. Massacring five companies of cavalry...
Henry Dawes: I am not defending ...
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Featured in The 59th Primetime Emmy Awards (2007) See more »


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25 August 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Having just spent the past 18 months studying Native American philosophy and having just returned from a week at Cherokee, learning the language and culture up close, I can say this film does help express the complex and heart-rending story of the relationship between the invaders and the conquered in our years 1870-1890.

For those who have been critical of the film (on this site), I should note from a White Woman's point of view, this is about all that Whites can absorb of the "full" story and emotions as a first contact. Yes, more can be told and should be told. But it's a start.

Perhaps this is the beginning of a revival of compassion and cross-cultural understanding.

In 1775, Dragging Canoe, a Cherokee, said, "We are not yet conquered." It has taken 200 years. Let's hope he was right.

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