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Powwow Highway (1989)

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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 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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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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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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EVERYTHING'S DIFFERENT BUT NOTHING HAS CHANGED
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Pow Wow Highway cuts strait to the heart
24 March 2000 | by NaykoSee all my reviews

"Pow Wow Highway" has the true spirit of independent film making as it pushes aside all the bells and whistles of Hollywood and cuts straight to the heart of the matter. And the heart of the matter in this film is a powerful narrative in the form of friendship and family. "Pow Wow Highway" takes its audience on a humble, but beautiful journey into the soul of two modern Native American friends. The director, Jonathan Wacks, entertains his audience with a simple yet strong story that never goes beyond its deeper sense of Native American spirituality. The characters portrayed by Gary Farmer and A. Martinez create a contrast in ideals and ideologies that give "Pow Wow Highway" a considerable amount of depth and impact that leaves you crying one moment and laughing the next. But it is Gary Farmer's superb performance as Phibert Bono that steals the show and gives this film its most touching and powerful performance. It is to director Jonathan Wacks credit that his camera never strays far from Gary Farmer's character. I found this film to be a bright spot that far out shines the sophistication and capitalistic endeavors of other movies from the same time period. I really believe that the recent success of the independent film movement owes a lot to movies like "Pow Wow Highway." My hat goes off to Jonathan Wack's "Pow Wow Highway" as it is a must see movie that strikes at the heart of good, solid film making.


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