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
By some accounts, tribes tested the true fear levels of the prisoners they captured by allowing the prisoners to have the ropes on them to be loose or even unteathered to see if they would try to run away. See more »
After the inmates have been killed, and Gates is looking at the broken arrow, is gloves are on, then he looks at the shotgun shells, and his gloves are off, then he looks at the piece of torn shirt, his gloves are back on. See more »
I'd say most of what I'm telling you is true. And the rest... well, the rest is the West.
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Narration by Wilford Brimley is totally absent in the UK version. See more »
Last of the Dogmen (1995) - on AMC - It is always a treat to stumble upon a film that captures your attention for some inexplicable reason and then works its way into your heart. That's what happened today as I watched "Last of the Dogmen."
There are elements that remind me a bit of "Dances with Wolves" and "Cocoon." I think the "Cocoon" part is Wilford Brimley's voice in the narration and the supernatural elements. At one point Brimley as the narrator states that faith is believing in something you can't see. If you really want to enjoy this film, then faith that anything is possible will help.
Any western with Native Americans being pursued by white oppressors will always be reminiscent of many films before and after "Dances with Wolves." This film is in favor of preserving the rights of the Cheyenne to continue their heritage. Gates (Tom Berenger) and Lillian ( Barbara Hershey) have their rom-com "meet cute" when Gates seeks her help in learning more about a possible hidden Cheyenne tribe he encounters evidence of while in pursuit as a bounty hunter. Conveniently, Lillian is an anthropologist specializing in the Cheyenne culture and is also fluent in their language. In search of the possible tribe, the two main characters end up on a long and fruitful journey along with Gates' faithful dog Zip.
Once with the Cheyenne, they both come to understand their ways, but conflict occurs when Gates leaves the hidden camp to return for medicine. The medicine helps seal the bond with the tribe and Gates and Lillian learn many details about the last of the Dogmen that escaped the whites over 120 winters ago and adapt to their culture. Determined to keep the Cheyenne hidden from society, Gates eventually has to part from Lillian which is tough now that they have spent many moons together.
Predictably, Gates secret is discovered by his angry former father-in-law, but all is eventually set aright and, once again, the theme of faith determines how the audience will feel about the ending.
While this isn't of the caliber of "Dances with Wolves," it still shows that good hearts and good people do exist, and that there are those willing to preserve the heritage of a lost nation. Overall, this can't compare, and it is in no way near as good. But if you enjoy a good western with beautiful scenery, a beautiful story, and an ending based on hope and faith that goodness will prevail, then this is a worthwhile way to spend a couple of hours.
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