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Thunderheart (1992)

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A young mixed-blood FBI agent is assigned to work with a cynical veteran investigator on a murder on a poverty-stricken Sioux reservation.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Ray Levoi
... Frank Coutelle
... Walter Crow Horse
... Jack Milton
... William Dawes
Sheila Tousey ... Maggie Eagle Bear
Ted Thin Elk ... Grandpa Sam Reaches (as Chief Ted Thin Elk)
... Jimmy Looks Twice
Julius Drum ... Richard Yellow Hawk
Sarah Brave ... Maisy Blue Legs
Allan R.J. Joseph ... Leo Fast Elk
Sylvan Pumpkin Seed ... Hobart
... Agent Mackey
... FBI Agent
Brian A. O'Meara ... FBI Agent
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An FBI man with Sioux background is sent to a reservation to help with a murder investigation, where he has to come to terms with his heritage. Slowly he rejects the intimidating tactics of his fellow FBI agents, who are not so interested in solving the crime as covering up an incriminating situation with the locals, and as he becomes more tuned to his heritage, the locals begin trusting him. Based on actual Reservation occurrences of the '70s. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Two men from different worlds. Two cops after the same killer. Together they must uncover the secrets. Together they must discover the truth.


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Rated R for language, and for some areas of violence | See all certifications »

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3 April 1992 (USA)  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,507,425, 5 April 1992, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$22,660,758
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This is the second film James Horner composed that Val Kilmer appeared in. The first was Willow (1988). See more »

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When LeVoi places the injured child in Maggie Eagle Bear's arms, there are blood stains on his shirt at the left shoulder and on the right near his waistline. When he attacks the shooters in clinic parking lot, there is no blood on the right side of his shirt. See more »

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William Dawes: [Authoritatively to Levoi] It's a sensitive operation. I want it closed in three days!
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Poignant real-life drama mixed with great acting and directing
27 December 2000 | by See all my reviews

This movie, based upon a true incident at the Oglala Indian Reservation in South Dakota, seamlessly combines great acting, much of it by native Americans, taut direction, and delicious dialogue. It is thought-provoking, enlightening, well-paced, and always entertaining. As poignant a movie as I've ever seen, I rate this alongside L.A. Confidential, Life Is Beautiful, as one of the Three top movies of the 1990's. Val Kilmer has never been better and Graham Greene is simply magnificent, even better than he was in Dances with Wolves. This is a must-see for the entire family.


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