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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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Ray Levoi
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Frank Coutelle
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Walter Crow Horse
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Jack Milton
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William Dawes
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Maggie Eagle Bear
Ted Thin Elk ...
Grandpa Sam Reaches (as Chief Ted Thin Elk)
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Jimmy Looks Twice
Julius Drum ...
Richard Yellow Hawk
Sarah Brave ...
Maisy Blue Legs
Allan R.J. Joseph ...
Leo Fast Elk
Sylvan Pumpkin Seed ...
Hobart
Patrick Massett ...
Agent Mackey
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FBI Agent
Brian A. O'Meara ...
FBI Agent
Duane Brewer ...
Ranger
Lewis C. Bradshaw ...
Ranger
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Himself
Candy Hamilton ...
School Teacher
Jerome Mack ...
Maggie's Kid
Tom M. LeBeau ...
Ray's Father
Bridgit P. Schock ...
Ray's Mother
Terry Graber ...
Doctor
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Bartender
Jerry Allan ...
Drunken Brawler (as Jerry Allan Hietala)
Gordon Patterson ...
Helicopter Pilot
Robin J. Saderup ...
Helicopter Pilot
Buddy Red Bow ...
Man at Powwow
Sam Adams ...
Lakota Singer
Robin Black Bird ...
Lakota Singer
Floyd Charging Crow ...
Lakota Singer
Elroy Cross ...
Lakota Singer
Charles Davis ...
Lakota Singer
Ernest Red Elk ...
Lakota Singer
Kenneth J. Richards ...
Lakota Singer
Severt Young Bear Sr. ...
Lakota Singer
Carlin Orville Morrison ...
Powwow Singer
Verland Theodore Phelps ...
Powwow Singer
Calvin Timothy Red Elk Sr. ...
Powwow Singer
Tim Owen Taggart ...
Powwow Singer
Melvin David Young Bear ...
Powwow Singer
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Army Private (uncredited)
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FBI Agent (uncredited)
Jason R. Lone Hill ...
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Directed by

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Michael Apted

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John Fusco ... (written by)

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Robert De Niro ... producer
John Fusco ... producer
Michael Nozik ... executive producer
Jane Rosenthal ... producer

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James Horner

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Roger Deakins ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Ian Crafford

Editorial Department

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Lee Grubin ... first assistant film editor
Marypat Plottner ... synching editor

Casting By

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Lisa Clarkson

Production Design by

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Dan Bishop

Art Direction by

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Bill Ballou

Set Decoration by

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Dianna Freas

Costume Design by

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Susan Lyall

Makeup Department

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Patricia Androff ... makeup artist
David Atherton ... makeup department head
Joani Yarbrough ... key hair stylist

Production Management

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Jim Behnke ... unit production manager: Washington, D.C.
Christopher Cronyn ... unit production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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George Bamber ... second second assistant director
David R. Ellis ... second unit director (as David Richard Ellis)
Dennis Maguire ... first assistant director: second unit
Jeff Okabayashi ... second assistant director
Chris Soldo ... first assistant director

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Ivica Bilich ... assistant property master
Jamie Bishop ... on-set dresser
Seth Blackbear ... swing gang (as Seth A. Blackbear)
David Brace ... leadman
Jeff Butcher ... property master
John Davis ... storyboard artist (as John F. Davis)
Kate Ferraro ... assistant on-set dresser
Jessica A. Green ... art department assistant
Wendell A. Bud Hill II ... set dresser (as Wendell A. Hill II)
Janet Kalas ... chargeman scenic artist
Beau Little Sky ... swing gang
Alvin Long Soldier ... swing gang
Nick Miller ... construction coordinator
Daniel J. Smiley ... set dresser
Nelle Stokes ... art department coordinator
Jennifer Twiggs ... assistant property master

Sound Department

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Fred J. Brown ... supervising sound editor (as Fred Brown)
Shelley Brown ... sound assistant
Lucy Coldsnow-Smith ... supervising dialogue editor (as Lucy Coldsnow)
Teri E. Dorman ... dialogue editor
Robert Friedman ... foley artist: Sony Pictures Studios
Kimberly Gallagher-Carlton ... dialogue assistant (as Kimberly Gallagher)
Jeff Gomillion ... adr mixer: Sony Pictures Studios
Mark Harris ... machine operator: Skywalker Sound
Rick Kline ... re-recording mixer: Skywalker Sound
Dennis Maitland II ... boom operator
Cindy Marty ... dialogue editor
Christopher Newman ... sound mixer (as Chris Newman)
Kevin O'Connell ... re-recording mixer: Skywalker Sound
Matt Patterson ... stage recordist: Skywalker Sound
Jim Quinn ... machine operator: Skywalker Sound (as James Quinn)
Daniel Rosenblum ... second boom operator
Joseph T. Sabella ... foley artist: Sony Pictures Studios (as Joseph Sabella)
Jackson Schwartz ... foley mixer: Sony Pictures Studios
Michele Sharp ... sound editor
Stan Siegel ... sound editor

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Roy L. Downey ... special effects assistant (as Roy Downey)
John K. Stirber ... special effects coordinator
Ian O'Connor ... action props (uncredited)

Stunts

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Michael Adams ... stunts
Grant Brittan ... stunts
William H. Burton Jr. ... stunts (as Bill Burton Jr.) / stunts (as Bill Burton)
Susan Rangitsch Cronyn ... stunts (as Susan Rangitsch)
Cliff Cudney ... stunts
Loren Cuny ... stunts (as Loren F. Cuny)
Marty Cuny ... stunts (as Marty Paul Cuny)
Tim A. Davison ... stunts (as Tim Davison)
R.B. Dunn ... stunts
Robbie Dunn ... stunts
Richard M. Ellis ... stunts (as Richard Ellis)
Terrance Eugene Fredericks ... stunts (as Terrance E. Fredericks)
Chris Hall ... stunts
Randy Hall ... stunts
Gene Hartline ... stunts
Billy D. Lucas ... stunts (as Billy Lucas)
Steve McAuliff ... stunts (as Steve McAuliffe)
Mark J. Nelson ... stunts
Hugh Aodh O'Brien ... stunts
Bernie Pock ... stunts
Don Pulford ... stunts (as Donald Pulford)
Jeff Ramsey ... stunts
Webster Whinery ... stunt coordinator

Camera and Electrical Department

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Greg Addison ... electrician
Ralph Brandofino ... first assistant camera (as Ralph J. Brandofino)
Ted Churchill ... Steadicam operator
Tony Corapi ... electrician (as Anthony Corapi)
James A. Earley ... grip (as James Earley)
Bruce Hamme ... dolly grip
Andy Harris ... second assistant camera (as Andrew Harris)
Jonathan Herron ... camera operator
Rodger Kelderman ... lighting technician: musco light (as Roger Kelderman)
Jeremy Knaster ... electrical best boy
Ron Kunecke ... lighting technician: musco light
Elliott Marks ... still photographer
Michael A. McFadden ... grip
William Moore ... rigging gaffer
James M. Muro ... steadicam operator (as James Muro)
Julie Nickol ... assistant camera
Randy Nolen ... steadicam operator
Bill O'Leary ... chief lighting technician
Daniel Pershing ... best boy grip
Tim Pershing ... key grip (as Timothy Pershing)
Eric Swanek ... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Paul Taylor ... Steadicam operator
Jim Unsinn ... video playback operator
Eric Swanek ... steadicam assistant (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Ellen Barnett-Bendavid ... casting assistant (as Ellen S. Barnett)
Jim Garrett ... extras casting assistant
Barbara Harris ... casting: loop group
Jody Hummer ... extras casting
Poxy E. Lone Hill ... extras casting assistant (as Estelle Poxie Lone Hill)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Lisa Little Chief Bryan ... wardrobe assistant
Elizabeth Feldbauer ... wardrobe supervisor
Carolyn Greco ... assistant costume designer
Alexis Scott ... wardrobe shopper

Location Management

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John Crowder ... location manager: Washington D.C. (as John A. Crowder Jr.)
Antoine Douaihy ... location manager (as Antoine L. Douaihy)
William Bowling ... location manager (uncredited)

Music Department

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Jim Henrikson ... music editor
Shawn Murphy ... scoring mixer

Transportation Department

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Marles Blackbird ... driver
Donnie Boswell Sr. ... driver (as Donnie Lee Boswell Sr.)
Edwin Bowden ... transportation captain (as Edwin W. Bowden Jr.)
Arthur Claunch ... driver (as Art Claunch)
Gary Duncan ... transportation captain
Roy A. Grace ... driver
BJ Hallett ... driver (as B.J. Hallett)
Terry Johnson ... driver
John Orlebeck ... transportation coordinator
George W. Pumkin Seed Sr. ... driver
David Severin ... picture car coordinator
Don G. Word ... driver
Grady Word ... driver

Other crew

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Lisa Abbott ... medic
Patrick Allen ... assistant: Ms. Rosenthal
Lance Anderson ... badger puppet
James W. Apted ... production assistant (as James Apted)
Paula Benson-Himes ... production office coordinator
Richard Brodsky ... production assistant
Karen Day ... production accountant
James Ellis Deakins ... script supervisor (as James Ellis)
Aimee DeBaun ... production assistant (as Aimee Morris)
Mark Dumas ... animal wrangler (as Mark Wiener) / animal wrangler
Joan Eisenberg ... unit publicist
Bruce Ellison ... historical consultant
Ron Goodman ... spacecam operator: second unit
Donna D. Hernandez ... craft service (as Donna Hernandez)
Manuel S. Hernandez ... craft service
Craig Hosking ... helicopter pilot: second unit
West Humphries ... caterer
Cleo King ... assistant accountant
Steve McAuliff ... animal trainer
Liz Newman ... assistant production coordinator
Ann Pollack ... assistant: Mr. Apted
Sonny Richards ... advisor: Lakota language/ceremony
John D. Sarviss ... helicopter pilot: Washington D.C. (as John Sarviss)
Steve Sass ... SpaceCam assistant: second unit (as Steven Sass)
Barbara Schock ... assistant: Mr. Nozik
S. Fox Sloan ... production assistant
Anna Stackpole ... assistant: Mr. Fusco
Jim Unsinn ... computer/video playback
Ronald Walkshorse ... security officer

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines Two men from different worlds. Two cops after the same killer. Together they must uncover the secrets. Together they must discover the truth. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Coeur de tonnerre (France)
  • Halbblut Thunderheart (Germany)
  • Corazón trueno (Spain)
  • Ubojstvo u rezervatu (Croatia)
  • Coeur de tonnerre (Canada, French title)
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Runtime
  • 119 min
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Box Office

Budget $15,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $4,507,425, 05 Apr 1992

Did You Know?

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Trivia The movie is actually a thinly veiled account of real events that occurred on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation during the early to mid-Seventies. Exploration for Uranium, disease from irradiated water, the American Indian Movement (AIM) and the "Traditional" Natives fight against the Tribal government "Guardians Of the Oglala Nation (GOON's), and the FBI's assistance to the "Goons" by providing weaponry and other assistance are some of the things that are referred to in the movie that were true and documented by Writer/Director Michael Apted when he was a regular visitor to the Reservation during that time. See more »
Goofs The original version shows Val Kilmers character drinking peyote; now that scene has been cut and it makes no sense. Why is he freaking out and having visions in the fire. It destroys the whole point of the movie in that the Val Kilmer character couldn't use logic, etc. to solve the case and had to try something else and learn his 'spiritual' background and get help from the 'spirit world' beyond our normal perceptions... Now it's just some guy acting weird because of a fire... It doesn't explain why he pulls his gun and the Indian sheriff tells him 'I know you're scared'... it was because he was having peyote visions; which are now censored, because all you belong in the soul harvester machine and if you dared take peyote you might learn that truth.. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Straight Talk/Rock-a-Doodle/Thunderheart/Beethoven/Raise the Red Lantern (1992). See more »
Soundtracks Badlands See more »
Quotes Grandpa Sam Reaches: Knock it off! Knock it off! You remind me of a couple of old women!
Ray Levoi: He speaks English?
Walter Crow Horse: Yeah, only when he's really pissed off.
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