A Montana bounty hunter is sent into the wilderness to track three escaped prisoners. Instead he sees something that puzzles him. Later with a female Native Indian history professor, he ...
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A Montana bounty hunter is sent into the wilderness to track three escaped prisoners. Instead he sees something that puzzles him. Later with a female Native Indian history professor, he returns to find some answers.Written by
The last official film distributed and co-produced by Savoy Pictures, which went into bankruptcy soon after and had sold off all films that had been delayed or had not been released theatrically. See more »
When the professor and student drive up to Gates the police line tape is sagging but when the student leaves the tape is taut. See more »
There are now three versions of the film. One with the narration by Wilford Brimley. Then there is a version now running on cable movie channels with a guy talking as Louis Gates, that nobody knows who he is. And then there is a plain version without any narration at all. Either way, it's just a great great film. See more »
Under-rated: Good script, good performances, beautiful cinematography
HG Wells once recommended that writers of 'fantastic fiction' choose to break only one rule per story, to avoid stretching their readers willful suspension of disbelief to breaking. _Last of the Dogmen_ proves how well a story based on an implausible premise (traditional Cheyenne surviving in the mountains with their culture intact) can work if everything else is kept real. The action is realistic, and the characters are drawn honestly and allowed to behave in a natural, realistic manner.
As others have pointed out, it's a quiet little story as these stories go, and it's also one of Berenger's better performances; I feel as though I should bird-dog this director, because all the principles turn in good, nuanced work.
I recommend this movie as light or even moderate fare, with something for both romantics and adventurers.
(Curiously, as far as I can recall, the title is never explained in the film. 'Cheyenne' is a French corruption of a Blackfoot or Arikara word meaning "dog people", for the dogs the Cheyenne once used in preference to horses to haul their household goods between camps. The leading Cheyenne warrior society eventually adopted the name "dog men" or "dog soldiers" in defiance. The survivors depicted here would be the descendents of a dog soldier group and their families.)
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