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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 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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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

Jane Red Bow: We shoulda rented a car.
Philbert Bono: We have my pony.
Jane Red Bow: Your pony is an old nag.
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Crazy Credits

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


Soundtracks

Sweet Fire of Love
Written by Robbie Robertson / U2
Performed by Robbie Robertson / U2
Courtesy of Geffen Records
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This movie struck a chord deep inside.
8 December 1999 | by boogiebassSee all my reviews

This film has a lot of heart. Gary Farmer's character is one of the most likeable in recent memory. His dignity, kindness and spirituality are inspiring and endearing. Few films work so subtlely to create such an indelible, sympathetic and wholly uplifting message. Set amid the vile conditions faced by Cherokee reservation natives, the movie has much to say to all about responsibility, justice and above all, love. Can't recommend this film highly enough!


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