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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful:
Beautiful, Complex and Compelling, 1 January 2011
10/10

The main reason I wanted to see this movie was because of the incredible reviews the actors received for their performances. I was not disappointed.

I'm a big fan of Eric Schweig, both as an actor and human being.So I was very pleased with his amazingly sensitive, loving and nurturing portrayal of Samuel, Lila's husband. Jennifer Nichole Porter's portrayal of Lila is also outstanding. She conveys a fragile, child like innocence. These two actors have incredible chemistry and really seem like a loving couple. It's a joy to watch. You truly witness the most beautiful relationship ever seen on film. You can feel the love between these two characters. It seems like you're eavesdropping on a real life story. Samuel has the most gentle way with Lila. He is incredibly patient, devoted and loving towards her.

Mr Barrington played so skillfully by Brian McCardie is the other phenomenal piece to this puzzle. Mr Barrington is charming and intimidating. I will not give away any spoilers. I love the way the film was shot. The ending is promising.

Unbowed (1999)
6 out of 6 people found the following review useful:
Unbowed Brilliance!, 15 December 2010
10/10

I'm not a fan of typical Westerns. This movie for me isn't a Western. It's a beautiful story, set in the late 1800s. The movie basically is about Lakota warriors, one of them a chief, sent to an all Black college as a test to see if Indians can learn.There is racism and racist comments directed towards the Lakota warriors, especially by Junius, played By Catero Colbert. He does a fantastic job of making you hate him.

The movie from beginning to end captivated me. I have already watched this movie fives times very recently! Waka Mani(played masterfully by incredible actor, Jay Tavare)is a very proud, honest, rebellious,strong, determined Lakota chief. Tavare's portrayal is so impressive to me because from the minute he appears on screen, he has the viewer in the palm of his hand. The character is multi faceted and colorful.

I also rather enjoyed the love story. It's obvious the two characters, Cleola and Waka Mani are curious about and attracted to each other from their first meeting.

All the players are incredible here. The entire movie is full of rich characters. You get the sense of the strong bond between the Lakota warriors. These are obvious men with strong friendship. There is a sad scene that truly proves that.

Ron Glass is, as always, brilliant in his role as the hard,strict president of the college.

The love story is beautiful. You root for the characters the entire time. There is a very tasteful,sensuous and beautiful love scene in this movie.

My only complaint is that the movie, though two hours was not turned into a mini series. You are left wondering what happened after the two main characters left together.

There is a lot of history here that most of us weren't taught in school. Do yourself a favor and buy this movie.