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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 »

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Joanelle Romero ...
Bonnie Red Bow (as Joannelle Nadine Romero)
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Chief Joseph
Wayne Waterman ...
Wolf Tooth
Margot Kane ...
Imogene
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Sandy Youngblood (as Geoff Rivas)
Roscoe Born ...
Agent Jack Novall
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Louie Short Hair
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Tony Frank ...
Captain Roberts
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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 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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Zwei Cheyenne auf dem Highway  »

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$283,747
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Film debut of Wes Studi. See more »

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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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Featured in Rich Hall's Inventing the Indian (2012) See more »

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FALLEN ANGEL
Written by Robbie Robertson / Martin Page
Performed by Robbie Robertson
Courtesy of Geffen Records
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Gary Farmer's portrayal of Philbert Bono was awesome.
24 July 2003 | by See all my reviews

Gary did an outstanding job. The best part of the movie was when Philbert went to go and wake up Buddy and was standing there in front of him butt naked. I really enjoyed Imogene's part as well. She did a great job telling Buddy of the weekly shootings and how she and Wolf wanted to move to Denver to escape the problems on the reservation. Buddy and Philbert do go on a beautiful journey to help get Buddy's sister Bonnie out of jail in New Mexico for a drug set up, that she did not know of. They truly are superb actors in this film. This movie could surely wrench anyones heart and bring tears to their eyes. I am so glad that this film was shown in my class...thanks Penny.


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