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15 February 2008 (USA) See more »
A white woman is kidnapped from her home by Apache Indians. Traded to the Mojave Indians, she lives... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Charlotte Asprey ... Sarah Isham

Francesco Quinn ... Ruben Vega

Richard Brake ... Isham

Sam Douglas ... Bonnet

Lex Shrapnel ... Springfield
John Golightly ... The Priest
Dan Mullane ... Tom Halloran
Lola Garcia ... Ramona Halloran
Duncan Marwick ... Clyde
Una Nicholson ... Waitress

Directed by
Daniel Barber 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Elmore Leonard  story
Joe Shrapnel  screenplay

Produced by
Matthew Barber .... associate producer
Matthew Brown .... producer
Belinda Lewin .... producer
Paco Pozo .... line producer
Original Music by
Dan Jones 
Cinematography by
Ben Davis 
Film Editing by
Rick Russell 
Casting by
Jane Frisby 
Melissa Martin 
Production Design by
Johnny Green 
Art Direction by
Matt Gant 
Costume Design by
Jane Field 
Makeup Department
Merche Abadia .... assistant makeup artist
Jennifer Harty .... assistant makeup artist
Tanya Lodge .... hair stylist
Tanya Lodge .... makeup artist
Production Management
Russell Hasenberg .... production supervisor
Jessica Leach .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David Lethem .... first assistant director
Xavi Torress .... second assistant director
Art Department
Ken Brackenbridge .... construction manager
Oliver Brinkman .... carpenter
Chris Bunker .... carpenter
Nick Connor .... carpenter
Pepe Del Pino .... carpenter
Philip Gilmore .... carpenter
Rufus Wilkes .... carpenter
Sound Department
Paul Ackerman .... foley artist
Mike Cooper .... sound mixer
Jonny Crew .... sound editor
Jane Hancock .... dubbing mixer
Visual Effects by
Jean-Clement Soret .... colourist
Camera and Electrical Department
Raúl León .... electrician
Jesús Merino .... gaffer
Gustavo Muriano .... electrician
Alexander Reid .... first assistant camera (as Alex Reid)
J.P. Ridgeway .... key grip
Casting Department
Ted Warren .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sally Lines .... wardrobe assistant
Una Nicholson .... wardrobe
Music Department
Dan Jones .... conductor
Elizabeth Purnell .... orchestrator
Transportation Department
Dennis McCleod .... camera car driver
Other crew
Mar Espana .... production coordinator
John Merino .... location scout (as Juan Carlos Merino)
Robert Morgan .... production assistant
Tiziana Parisi .... production coordinator
Joe Shrapnel .... screenplay by
Heather Storr .... continuity
Elmore Leonard .... thanks
Albert Rasch .... in memory of
Tim Roosevear .... thanks

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UK:35 min
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13 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Who is the better Christian?, 20 April 2008
Author: Red-125 from Upstate New York

The Tonto Woman (2007) was directed by Daniel Barber, and is based on a short story by Elmore Leonard. This is an extraordinary short film, and, quite properly, was nominated for an Oscar.

Charlotte Asprey plays Sarah Isham--a beautiful woman in the 19th Century west who was kidnapped by Indians, and was horribly mutilated with tattoos (?scars) around her mouth. Her husband, who loved her, has spent 11 years trying to find her. Once he finds her, he's horrified by her appearance and by the fact that she is no longer his pure, virginal wife. Her husband has isolated Sarah in a cabin far from his ranch, where she's ogled by the ranch hands and visited by no one.

Francesco Quinn plays Ruben Vega, a Mexican-American cattle rustler who comes across Sarah's cabin, falls in love with her, and then has to decide what is the best way to help her.

The movie begins and ends in a small Catholic church, where the priest, a good enough man and sincere churchman, hears Vega's confession. Clearly, Vega, the thief, is the better Christian.

We saw this film in a theater. I think it will work on a small screen, but the emptiness of the dry countryside surrounding Sarah's cabin may not be as evident.

P.S. Pay close attention to the statue of the Virgin.

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