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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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2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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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 ... Agent Jack Novall
John Trudell ... Louie Short Hair
Wes Studi ... Buff
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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Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Film debut of Wes Studi. See more »

Quotes

Aunt Harriet: I get sick of being asked... for good old Indian wisdom. I've got none. So get the hell out of here!
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Crazy Credits

The cast can be seen walking along the highway for part of the ending credits. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Kitten with a Whip (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Fallen Angel
Written by Robbie Robertson / Martin Page
Performed by Robbie Robertson
Courtesy of Geffen Records
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terrific
5 June 2003 | by mboneillSee all my reviews

This film sank into obscurity, and it shouldn't have. An understated and subtle story of personal growth along the quest--it's a standard story, but this film tells it with stark dialogue, cinematography, and characters. Gary Farmer is absolutely convincing, disappearing into his role as the gentle giant completely. A Martinez's Buddy Red Bow is fiery, up to *here* with government treatment of American Indians and closed to sentiment or tenderness. Robbie Robertson's soundtrack is almost a character itself--it's suited to the landscape very well, and its native tones seem to reinforce the spareness of the story and the reservation.

Finding a copy will be really hard, but well worth it.


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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

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,627, 26 February 1989

Gross USA:

$283,747

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$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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