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The Tonto Woman (2008)

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A white woman is kidnapped from her home by Apache Indians. Traded to the Mojave Indians, she lives as a squaw for 11 years until she is found by her husband. Unfit for society he keeps her... See full summary »

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A white woman is kidnapped from her home by Apache Indians. Traded to the Mojave Indians, she lives as a squaw for 11 years until she is found by her husband. Unfit for society he keeps her in a shack in the desert. Her solitary existence is transformed with the arrival of a Mexican. He befriends her, reignites her self-worth and increases her confidence. He re-introduces her to her husband and leaves. As he is leaving town he is ambushed by her husbands men and there is a gun-battle. Who lives and who dies? Written by Charlotte Asprey

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Just too many flaws in writing
14 January 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The story of a "noble honorable rustler" boggles the mind. The lead character begins by asking forgiveness for sins from a priest, and we're led to believe he has noble qualities, because he isn't a gringo. That pretty much says how the film goes.

In fact, it seems to have been written by a 4 year old, or at least someone who has never strayed outside a cubicle. The characters are all so flagrantly cliché, it would be classified as a comedy to most people.

I'm being overly generous in giving this a "3" because it isn't nearly as poor as most other short films recognized by critics, and the actors are good, with none of them portraying glamor. In fact, the heroine would be just as plain without the markings on her face.

The sole purpose of these critics who rave about garbage like this, and dismiss real art, is to bully people around with their prejudices.

I hope no one takes it seriously that an thief would be so noble. Films like this could cost naive viewers more than they can give.

Poorly written, but some decent visual scenery and good acting.


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