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Windwalker (1980)

In 1797 Utah, an aged Cheyenne patriarch helps his kin to fight off a raiding party of rival Crow warriors and he tells his grandchildren the story of their family.

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Kieth Merrill

Writers:

Ray Goldrup, Blaine Yorgason (additional writer) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Trevor Howard ... Windwalker
Nick Ramus ... Smiling Wolf / Crow Brother / Narrator
James Remar ... Windwalker as a young man
Serene Hedin ... Tashina
Dusty McCrea Dusty McCrea ... Dancing Moon (as Dusty 'Iron Wing' McCrea)
Silvana Gallardo Silvana Gallardo ... Little Feather
Emerson John Emerson John ... Spotted Deer
Jason Stevens ... Horse That Follows
Roberta Deherrera Roberta Deherrera ... Happy Wind
Ivan Naranjo Ivan Naranjo ... Crooked Leg
Chief Tug Smith Chief Tug Smith ... Tashina's father
Fredelia Smith Fredelia Smith ... Tashina's mother
Wanni-Omni-Ska-Robideau Wanni-Omni-Ska-Robideau ... Windwalker, age 5
Dominque Gallegos Dominque Gallegos ... Tashina, age 5
Jason Tahbo Jason Tahbo ... Crow Brother, age 5
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Storyline

An ancient Indian warrior who has reached the end of his life is brought back from his 'death' to save his family from a raiding party of enemy Indians in this unique story of 'Indians without a single cowboy.' Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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He conquered love and death...now he walks the winds of eternity!


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PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Cheyenne | Crow

Release Date:

18 November 1983 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Cheyeni v boju za zivljenje See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$18,636,482
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

With the exception of a voice-over narration, the movie is entirely in the Cheyenne and Crow Native American languages with subtitles. See more »

Goofs

After the scenes where his family has older Windwalker's funeral and are riding their horses home, there is a moment where the camera focuses on the horse's feet and a half-buried chain link fence is visible in the snow. See more »

Quotes

Windwalker: [remembering his past] I never saw my son again, but the pain of wondering still burns within my heart. Searching for this lost one has kept me long upon the earth, but now I look no more. It is a good day to die.
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I almost couldn't remember if this film was real...
17 November 2001 | by harvestwindSee all my reviews

..or if I dreamed this. I remember my older brother taking me to see this film when I was six years old. I was captivated by it then, and over the years, I forgot the name of the film and nobody knew what I was talking about when I would describe it. Not even my brother remembers.

Well, thanks to the wonders of the internet, I was finally able to remember the name and I ordered it not really expecting it to be as enchanting as when I was six. But I still find it to be an amazing film. Very well done with some great camera work. It is refreshing to see a Native American film without the indians merely being a catalyst for the heroism of some cowboy.

A great story and I love that it is done in Native Language and subtitled English. I noticed that they gave the "If you like this movie, you will like 'Dances with Wolves'" recommendation. Well, this is a much better movie. If only because we don't have to see Kevin Costners bare a**e. This film stands on it's own without the marquee names or the white actors with the wig and tanning cream. Check it out.


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