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Squanto: A Warrior's Tale (1994)

Historically inaccurate chronicle of Squanto's life prior to and including the arrival of the "Mayflower" in 1620.

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Xavier Koller
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Adam Beach ... Squanto
Sheldon Peters Wolfchild ... Mooshawset
Irene Bedard ... Nakooma
Eric Schweig ... Epenow
Leroy Peltier Leroy Peltier ... Pequod
Michael Gambon ... Sir George
Nathaniel Parker ... Thomas Dermer
Alex Norton ... Harding
Mark Margolis ... Capt. Hunt
Julian Richings ... Sir George's Servant
Mandy Patinkin ... Brother Daniel
Donal Donnelly ... Brother Paul
Stuart Pankin ... Brother Timothy
Paul Klementowicz ... Brother James
Bray Poor Bray Poor ... Dr. Fuller
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Squanto is a high-born Indian warrior from a tribe on the Atlantic coast of North America which devotes its life to hunting and rivalry with a neighboring tribe. Everything changes forever after a ship arrives from England, prospecting the region's commercial potential for the rich Sir George, who uses all his wealth and influence only for ever greater profit. When it returns, several Indians find themselves captives on board, including Squanto. The arrogant Christians consider themselves utterly superior to the 'heathen savages' and treat them as brutally as they do beasts. Squanto fights a bear in a circus, not understanding how men can be so cruel to that creature either, and manages a spectacular escape, but where must he go? He finds shelter and help in a rural monastery, where it takes his protector some effort to prevent the others considering the unknown as diabolical. In time sir George's men come looking for him most brutally, but he escapes again, now determined to find a ... Written by KGF Vissers

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for action violence | See all certifications »

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USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 October 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Az utolsó igaz harcos See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$19,200,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$3,337,685
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Walt Disney Pictures See more »
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Dolby

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This film and Pocahontas (1995) as well as its direct-to-video sequel Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World (1998) were criticized for its historical inaccuracies. All three of these films feature Irene Bedard in starring roles. See more »

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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Angels Revenge (1995) See more »

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Humpty Dumpty
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Performed by Julian Richings
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Adventures and misfortunes of a historical character from his kidnap to return to his native village
14 March 2018 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Squanto is based on real character , the Native Indian Squanto , he was a member of the Patuxet tribe best known for being an early líasion between the native populations in Southern New England and the Mayflower Pilgrims who made their settlements at the site of former summer Village. The Patuxet tribe lived on the western Coast of Cape Cod Bay where in 1614 Squanto : Adam Beach and Epenow : Eric Schweig, were abducted by Englishmen : Michael Gambon, Mark Margolis, and brought first to Spain and then England, where they lived for several years with merchants involved in a project to settle Newfoundland.Squanto eventually returned to his native Village only to find that his tribe had been wiped by Brit colonists and by an epidémic infection. In the film Squanto escapes from the mean merchants and takes shelter at a religious congregation formed by various Brothers, Paul , Timothy, James : Donnelly, Stuard Pankin, led by Brother Daniel : Mandy Patinkin.

Main starring as Adam Beach gives a nice acting as Squanto along with his pal Eric Schweig. Support cast is pretty good , such as Michael Gambon , Nathaniel Parker, Mark Margolis, Mandy Patinkin, and Irene Bedard as Squanto's wife. It displays an atmospheric and colorful cinematography by Robbie GreenBerg. Evocative and moving musical score by Joel McNeely.The motion picture was professionally directed by Xavier Koller.

The movie is a fiction but inspired by actual events , as when the Mayflower landed in 1620 Squanto worked to bróker peaceable relationships between the Pilgrims and the local natives. He played a key role in the early meetings in March 1621, partly he spoke English. He then lived with the Pilgrims for 20 months. He introduced the settlers to the fur trade and taught them how to sow and fertilize native crops. As food shortages increased Colony Governor BradFord relied on Squanto to pilot a ship of settlers on a trading expedition around Cape Cod.During that voyage, he had What BradFord called an Indian Fever. Bradford stayed with him for several days until he died which Bradford described as a great loss.Considerable mythology and legend has grown up around Squanto over time, largely because of early praises and owing to the central role that the Thanksgiving festival of 1621 plays in American folk history.He was less the Noble Savage that Later myth portrayed him and more a practical advisor and a dependable local diplomat.


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