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Smoke Signals (1998)

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Young Indian man Thomas is a nerd in his reservation, wearing oversize glasses and telling everyone stories no-one wants to hear. His parents died in a fire in 1976, and Thomas was saved by... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Victor Joseph
... Thomas Builds-the-Fire
... Suzy Song
... Arnold Joseph
... Arlene Joseph
... Young Victor Joseph
... Young Thomas Builds-the-Fire
Monique Mojica ... Grandma Builds-the-Fire
... Randy Peone
Chief Leonard George ... Lester Fallsapart (as Leonard George)
... Junior Polatkin
... Boo
... Velma
... Lucy
... Cathy the Gymnast
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Storyline

Young Indian man Thomas is a nerd in his reservation, wearing oversize glasses and telling everyone stories no-one wants to hear. His parents died in a fire in 1976, and Thomas was saved by Arnold. Arnold soon left his family (and his tough son Victor), and Victor hasn't seen his father for 10 years. When Victor hears Arnold has died, Thomas offers him funding for the trip to get Arnold's remains, but only if Thomas can also go with him. Thomas and Victor hit the road. Written by Anonymous

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A new film from the heart of Native America.

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated PG-13 for some intense images | See all certifications »

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27 November 1998 (Iceland)  »

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This Is What It Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$43,574, 28 June 1998, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$6,719,300, 18 October 1998
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Irene Bedard and Michelle St. John both have roles in the film. They also co-starred in Disney's Pocahontas (1995) as well as its direct-to-video sequel Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World (1998) , where Bedard did the voice for Pocahontas and St. John portrayed her best friend Nakoma. See more »

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When Thomas walks into the gym, he places the boom box on the floor facing away from basketball court. In the next shot it's turned towards the court. See more »

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Victor JosephThomas Builds-the-Fire: [singing] John Wayne's teeth, hey-a, hey-a! Are they false, are they real, are they plastic, are they steel?
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Crazy Credits

Support HONOR/EARTH campaign. Support American Indian College Fund. Contributions from the profits of this film will be made to each of these organizations. See more »

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Her Song
Music and Lyrics by André L. Picard Jr.
Performed by André L. Picard Jr. and John Sirois
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Overlooked masterpiece
13 February 2003 | by See all my reviews

This film did not get the attention it deserved. When I first heard about a film made by Native Americans, I was afraid it would be an exercise in political correctness. But the ethnicity of the characters took a back seat to the universal themes of friendship and learning to come to terms with one's past. This is one of the greatest "buddy movies" ever made. A couple of years after I saw it I drove through the American Southwest for the first time, and images of the film kept coming into my head. This is a film which really stays with you.


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