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Incident at Oglala (1992)

This film describes the events surrounding a 1975 shootout at the Pine Ridge reservation in S. Dakota where two FBI agents were killed.

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Michael Apted
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Norman Zigrossi Norman Zigrossi ... Himself - Former Assistant FBI Regional Head, South Dakota
Robert Sikma Robert Sikma ... Himself - Former Assistant U.S. Attorney
Darelle 'Dino' Butler Darelle 'Dino' Butler ... Himself (as Darrelle [Dino] Butler)
Bob Robideau Bob Robideau ... Himself
Norman Brown Norman Brown ... Himself
Leonard Peltier Leonard Peltier ... Himself (archive footage)
Duane Brewer Duane Brewer ... Himself - Former Goon Squad Member
Calvin Jumping Bull Calvin Jumping Bull ... Himself
William Muldrow William Muldrow ... Himself - U.S. Government Commission on Civil Rights
Dennis Banks ... Himself - Co-Founder American Indian Movement
James Abourezk James Abourezk ... Himself - Former U.S. Senator, South Dakota
Sam Loud Hawk Sam Loud Hawk ... Himself
Richard Wilson Richard Wilson ... Himself - Tribal Council Chairman (archive footage)
Severt Young Bear Sr. Severt Young Bear Sr. ... Himself (as Severt Young Bear)
John Trudell ... Himself - National Spokesperson, American Indian Movement
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On June 26, 1975, during a period of high tensions on the Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota, two FBI agents were killed in a shootout with a group of Indians. Although several men were charged with killing the agents, only one, Leonard Peltier, was found guilty. This film describes the events surrounding the shootout and suggests that Peltier was unjustly convicted. Written by Eric Sorensen <Eric_Sorensen@fc.mcps.k12.md.us>

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A murder. A mystery. A mockery of justice.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 June 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Incident at Oglala: The Leonard Peltier Story See more »

Filming Locations:

Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA See more »

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Gross USA:

$536,848
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Mono

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Color
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Michael Apted first learned of Leonard Peltier's story while he was researching for his thriller Thunderheart (1992). See more »

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Featured in At the Movies: Robert Redford (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

Wounded Knee
Written by Floyd 'Red Crow' Westerman (as Floyd Westerman)
Performed by Milton 'Quiltman' Sahme (as Quiltman)
Red Cloud Music
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Thoughtful documentary about an under-explored topic
11 October 2016 | by runamokprodsSee all my reviews

Solid, interesting, if slightly dry documentary about a shootout on a Sioux reservation that killed two FBI agents and the government's attempts to blame someone for the crimes, finally railroading Leonard Peltier, using a lot of clearly falsified evidence.

Just as interesting as the trial itself is the examination of the deep political and philosophical split between the 'modern', more white-world assimilated Native Americans, who worked hand in hand with the US government, versus the American Indian Movement (AIM) who were fighting to protect and keep alive Native American heritage -- the conflict leading to a reign of terror by the modern Native American tribe leader.

There is one key element, the mysterious 'Mister X' who supposedly actually confessed to the killings that's awkwardly and strangely under-explored.

In all, this feels like a good episode of PBS's great 'Frontline' series, which - for me- is actually pretty high praise.


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