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He's not a "militant"... he's manito. Spirit Being.

Director:

Ryszard Bugajski

Writers:

Robert Forsyth, M.T. Kelly (based on novel)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Graham Greene ... Arthur
Ron Lea ... Peter Maguire
Michael Hogan ... Bud Rickets
Floyd 'Red Crow' Westerman ... Wilf
Rebecca Jenkins Rebecca Jenkins ... Louise
Tom Jackson ... Tom Starblanket
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Therry Bannon Therry Bannon ... Sweat Lodge Singer #2
John Boylan John Boylan
Harvey Churchill Harvey Churchill ... Sweat Lodge Singer #1
Phil Harns Phil Harns ... Policeman
Michael Millar ... News Cameraman #1
Steve Mousseau Steve Mousseau ... Nasty Cop
Andrew Proctor Andrew Proctor ... Regional Police Officer #1
Michael J. Reynolds ... Hunter
Jari Sarkka Jari Sarkka ... Regional Police Officer #2
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Storyline

When a lawyer loses an appeal to stop a logging company from clear-cutting Native American land, Arthur, an Indian militant drags him and the kidnapped logging mill manager into the forest. The lawyer's empty talk about how the company's greed should be punished is put into brutal action by Arthur, who tortures the manager in allegorical ways mimicking what loggers do to the forest. Written by Thomas Pluck <stripey@winternet.com>

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They were destroying the land of his heritage...now they must pay!


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong moments of torture and violence, and for language | See all certifications »
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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 July 1992 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

A Dream Like Mine See more »

Filming Locations:

Ontario, Canada See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This was the first English language film made by director Ryszard Bugajski. See more »

Quotes

Arthur: You're gonna hang here with the crows and watch the earth as it dies. You're gonna hang there and have a little chat with your God about what you killed. Your God. It's your God, your God that shames this earth!
[to Bud]
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Connections

References The Last Wave (1977) See more »

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Prayer Song
by Floyd 'Red Crow' Westerman
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True classic buried by garbage
4 December 2010 | by AnusPresleySee all my reviews

Istvan Kolnhofer is quite correct when he says this is "One of the most important "lost" independent films ever".

I have little to add to the other reviewers other than this film is right on my top shelf next to _Fight Club_ and _Aguirre_ and there it stays.

This can be called a horror flick in its truest form - gnawing dread permeates throughout. But don't expect a splatter-fest - it's not. This is low budget indie at its absolute best. Lack of budget is more than compensated by superb scripting and performance. This is what really sets it head and shoulders above the "stream of consciousness" indie crap that continually oozes out of the film festivals.

Despite it's age, it is as pertinent as ever and stands up to regular repeat viewing. If you ever get a chance to see it, do so - but also note, the less you actually know about this film, the greater your experience will be. Definite keeper.


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