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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)  »

Also Known As:

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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During the shooting of Lucy and Velma driving backwards, Elaine Miles (Lucy) acquired the skill of driving the car backwards. Hence, no stunt driver was needed. Miles performed the driving herself. See more »

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Thomas says that Victor's dad looks like Charles Bronson in Death Wish V: The Face of Death, the one where he fights the Asian gang. It is actually an Irish gang in that number. See more »

Quotes

Victor Joseph: Thomas, you are so full of shit.
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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 »

Connections

Featured in Moyers & Company: Living Outside Tribal Lines (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

All My Relations
Music by Garry Owen
Lyrics by Pura Fe
Performed by Ulali
(Pura Fe, Soni Moreno, Jennifer Elizabeth Kreisberg)
Pura Fe appears courtesy of Shanachie Records
Copyright Corn, Beans and Squash Music (ASCAP)
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One of the most enjoyable motion pictures I've ever seen,
7 January 2001 | by See all my reviews

This is one of my favourite movies and it's just wonderfully acted, directed, produced, and scored. What can I say except don't rent it, buy it! This movie is all about human emotions and Adam Beach and Evan Adams did an unforgettable acting duty as Thomas and Victor.

It's a film for the ages. A classic and one that is unfortunately, missed by many. Don't be one of those folks that pass this movie because of its "lack of explosions, cgi, or american actors"... Smoke Signals makes you open up your mind, body, and soul.

At least for the 100 or so minutes it's running... then the rest is up to you.


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