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Smoke Signals (1998)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 26 June 1998 (USA)
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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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26 June 1998 (USA)  »

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This Is What It Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona  »

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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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In a flashback Victor's father asks him who his favorite Indian is and Victor replies "Nobody." Gary Farmer who plays Victor's father stared as an Indian named Nobody in the movie Dead Man (1995). See more »

Goofs

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

Arlene Joseph: If you leave here don't you ever come back. You hear me?
Victor Joseph: Dad don't go.
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Crazy Credits

Thanks to ... the advisers and staff of the Sundance Filmmakers lab ... See more »

Connections

Referenced in Joe Dirt (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

John Wayne's Teeth
Written and Performed by Eaglebear Singers
Lyrics by Sherman Alexie
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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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