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Journey to Spirit Island (1988)

A greedy Indian persuades his tribe to sell the lonesome 'Spirit Island' for a congress center. Instead of transferring the historical graves on it like he tells his tribe, he plans to wipe... See full summary »


László Pal


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bettina Bush ... Maria (as Bettina)
Brandon Douglas ... Michael
Gabriel Damon ... Willie
Tarek McCarthy ... Klim
Tony Acierto Tony Acierto ... Hawk
Nick Ramus ... Tom
Maria Antoinette Rogers ... Jimmy Jim
Frank Salsedo Frank Salsedo ... Hoots
Skeeter Vaughan Skeeter Vaughan ... Harry
Eddie Hottowe Eddie Hottowe ... Lacy
Rod Gibbons Rod Gibbons ... Peter Mitchel
Harry McCarthy Harry McCarthy ... Tribal Chairman
Lester Greene Lester Greene ... Tipskin
Attila Gombacsi Attila Gombacsi ... Phil
George Amiotte George Amiotte ... Tipskin's Son


A greedy Indian persuades his tribe to sell the lonesome 'Spirit Island' for a congress center. Instead of transferring the historical graves on it like he tells his tribe, he plans to wipe them out. By accident a group of two Indian kids and two friends from Chicago on vacation are flown to the island and get in his way. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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September 1993 (Canada) See more »

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kids deserve better
29 November 2010 | by mjneu59See all my reviews

Four plucky youngsters rescue a sacred Nahkut Indian island off the Washington coast from desecration by another of the many ruthless gangs of real estate developers intent on plundering our country's scenic and cultural heritage. The film is presented as a wholesome family adventure, but adults will have to excuse the simplistic mysticism (dreams, legends, an old Indian curse) and juvenile dialogue, much of it warmed over from a sub-standard Disney scenario. The intention, of course, was to illustrate for children the value of spiritual folklore in an age of eroding traditions, but it's ironic how the Nahkut have apparently been assimilated far enough into the mainstream of American life to inspire a film as routine as this. The photography by Academy Award winner Vilmos Zsigmond ('Close Encounters') is handsome, but along the rugged land and seascapes of the Olympic Peninsula and Puget Sound he could hardly have missed.

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