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Powwow Highway (1989)

R | | Drama | 24 February 1989 (USA)
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Depicts the struggles of reservation-dwelling Native Americans in the North Central United States. The main character is an introspective and lovable person in a process of seeking pride ... See full summary »

Director:

Jonathan Wacks

Writers:

David Seals (based on the novel by), Janet Heaney (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
A Martinez ... Buddy Red Bow
Gary Farmer ... Philbert Bono
Joanelle Romero ... Bonnie Red Bow (as Joannelle Nadine Romero)
Amanda Wyss ... Rabbit Layton
Sam Vlahos ... Chief Joseph
Wayne Waterman Wayne Waterman ... Wolf Tooth
Margot Kane Margot Kane ... Imogene
Geoffrey Rivas ... Sandy Youngblood (as Geoff Rivas)
Roscoe Born Roscoe Born ... Agent Jack Novall
John Trudell ... Louie Short Hair
Wes Studi ... Buff
Tony Frank Tony Frank ... Captain Roberts
Chrissie McDonald Chrissie McDonald ... Jane Red Bow
Sky Seals Sky Seals ... Sky Red Bow
Maria Antoinette Rogers ... Aunt Harriet
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Storyline

Depicts the struggles of reservation-dwelling Native Americans in the North Central United States. The main character is an introspective and lovable person in a process of seeking pride and identity through traditional and mystical means of gathering power. His high school friend, who is a Vietnam War Veteran, is exerting power as a highly principled social activist, using a modern rational materialist adversarial model of progress. Written by Stan Detering <detering@hevanet.com>

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Details

Official Sites:

Handmade Films Website

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 February 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Zwei Cheyenne auf dem Highway See more »

Filming Locations:

Gillette, Wyoming, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$283,747
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Company Credits

Production Co:

HandMade Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)
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Trivia

Film debut of Wes Studi. See more »

Quotes

Aunt Harriet: Hey, Fat Philbert... come. Chief Dull Knife once said to my Great Uncle Benny Looks Twice... Keep your pony out of my garden!
Philbert Bono: [puzzled] ... Keep your pony out of my garden?
Aunt Harriet: [laughs hysterically]
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The cast can be seen walking along the highway for part of the ending credits. See more »

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Everything's Different but Nothing Has Changed
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Performed by Rachel Sweet
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Powwow Highway is unforgettable, heartwarming, and a triumph for Gary Farmer.
2 July 2003 | by pattyjonesSee all my reviews

I can't say enough about the sheer quality of this little film, so I won't even try. What I will say is that Gary Farmer's portrayal of Philbert was one of the sweetest characterizations I have ever seen, and he's emblazoned forever on my heart. Also outstanding was Graham Greene in a small role as a Vietnam vet suffering from post-traumatic stress syndrome. A Martinez, who's something of a one-trick pony, was very well suited to his role.


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