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Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee (2007)

TV-14 | | Drama, History, Western | TV Movie 27 May 2007
A historic chronicle based on the book by Dee Brown explains how Native Americans were displaced as the United States expanded west.

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Ohiyesa / Young Charles
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Uncle
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Henry Dawes
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President Ulysses S. Grant (as Fred Thompson)
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One Bull (as Nathan Chasing Horse)
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Jacob
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Young Man Afraid
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American Horse
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Chasing Crane
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In the 1880s, after the U. S. Army's defeat at the Battle of the Little Bighorn, the government continues to push Sioux Indians off their land. In Washington, D.C., Senator Henry Dawes introduces legislation to protect Native Americans rights. In South Dakota, school teacher Elaine Goodale joins Sioux native and Western-educated Dr. Charles Eastman in working with tribe members. Meanwhile, Lakota Chief Sitting Bull refuses to give into mounting government pressures. Written by Jwelch5742

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The Epic Fall of the American Indian

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Drama | History | Western

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27 May 2007 (USA)  »

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Untitled Wounded Knee Project  »

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August Schellenberg previously played Sitting Bull in both Witness to Yesterday (1970) and Crazy Horse (1996). See more »

Goofs

The newspaper story being viewed after the Custer battle (Virginia newspaper?) has a dateline of July 3, 1876. The first published account of the event was put out by the Bozeman newspaper (the Times?) on July 4, 1876. Late on July 4, (7:00 p.m.) the Helena newspaper produced a special, extra edition, and at this time, the AP correspondent relayed the material to Salt Lake City, where it was then distributed around the country. The "Virginia" newspaper of the July 3 date could not have contained the story. (Information from searches of archives on the Internet.) See more »

Quotes

Sitting Bull: You must take them out of our lands.
Col. Nelson Miles: What precisely are your lands?
Sitting Bull: These are the where my people lived before you whites first came.
Col. Nelson Miles: I don't understand. We whites were not your first enemies. Why don't you demand back the land in Minnesota where the Chippewa and others forced you from years before?
Sitting Bull: The Black Hills are a sacred given to my people by Wakan Tanka.
Col. Nelson Miles: How very convenient to cloak your claims in spiritualism. And what would you say to the Mormons and others who believe that their God ...
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Connections

Featured in 14th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (2008) See more »

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Hunting Song
Written by Gabe Desrosiers
Performed by Chevez Ezaneh
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A big disappointment
27 October 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The only reason I'm giving this movie 3 stars is because of the casting and the acting. Both were well done. The movie, however, is a disappointment.

I first read Dee Brown's book, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, when I was 10 years old and found out that I was part Cherokee. It struck a cord with me that continues to resonate today, 30 some years later. Expecting a long overdue movie that would capture the eloquent and heart-breaking words and stories of the book, I was disappointed to find the movie barely resembled the book at all. As a college lecturer who frequently refers to the book in my classes, I am quite familiar with its contents. The movie version was barely recognizable.

Indian heroes such as Sitting Bull and Red Cloud come across as arrogant and foolish in this movie. They are not characters that we can sympathize with; in fact, no one in this movie is. While the story of Charles Eastman is worth telling, it is not part of the book and is sloppily woven into the storyline of the Sioux resistance at the Battle of the Little Bighorn to the massacre at Wounded Knee. That the Wounded Knee massacre should be told in flashbacks rather than as direct action is appalling.

So much has been left out of this movie that it does nothing more than commit a great injustice to both the book and the people whose stories are being told. Hasn't America taken enough away from the Indian? Must another Hollywood movie strip Indian people of yet another aspect of their culture, namely their stories, their history, and their heroes? In this movie, it does all three.


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