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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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Screenwriter John Fusco became near-fluent in the Lakota language while living at Pine Ridge. See more »

Goofs

The events upon which the story is based happened in June 1975. There is a portrait of Richard Nixon in the FBI director's office. Nixon resigned in August 1974. Gerald Ford's picture should have been there. Also, as Val Kilmer is driving in the opening sequence, "Badlands" by Bruce Springsteen is playing on the car radio. The album containing this song was released in June 1978. The car driven by Kilmer in the opening scene is a Ford Mustang convertible which wasn't released until 1983. See more »

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Richard Yellow Hawk: Well, well, well, the Washington Redskin.
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Referenced in The Killing: Keylela (2012) See more »

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Badlands
Written and Performed by Bruce Springsteen
Courtesy of Columbia Records
by arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Truly a must see
10 January 2004 | by See all my reviews

I would like to start out by saying that this is one of my favorite films. I thought Val Kilmer was amazing as Ray Lavoy. This movie is based on some real life events; however, not everything in this movie is a real life event, due to lawsuits. Graham Greene also had an outstanding role in this movie. I must say that this movie is a must see, also this movie shows you what things one should not take for granted. If you liked this movie, check out Skinwalkers.


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