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Wind River (2000)

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The 1854 Wyoming historical drama is based on Tom Shell's adaptation of the true life memoirs of Pony Express rider Nick Wilson.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Blake Heron ... Nick Wilson - Yagaichi
A Martinez ... Morogonai
Russell Means ... Washakie
Wes Studi ... Pocatello
Devon Gummersall ... Sylvester
Karen Allen ... Martha (Wilson)
Patricia Van Ingen Patricia Van Ingen ... Anuba
Tim Griffin ... Nick Wilson (Older)
Alanzo Coby Alanzo Coby ... Opening Shoshone Indian #1
Tom Shell ... Pilgrim
Payton Mackey Payton Mackey ... Pony Express Rider
Wayne Brennan Wayne Brennan ... Elliot
Rick Lichtenhan Rick Lichtenhan ... Cowboy
Brandon Baker ... Pantsuk
Peter Yellow John Peter Yellow John ... Morogonai's Indian #1


The 1854 Wyoming historical drama is based on Tom Shell's adaptation of the true life memoirs of Pony Express rider Nick Wilson.

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Drama | Family | Western

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some violence | See all certifications »





English | Shoshoni

Release Date:

27 November 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Frères de sang See more »


Box Office


$5,500,000 (estimated)
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Mad Dog Productions See more »
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Did You Know?


The Wind Calls your Name
Music by Jeff Marsh
Lyrics by Michelle Lindsey and Kenneth Burke
Performed by Lynn Rose
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insightful movie about unusual white/Indian interaction
2 January 2005 | by shihhuangti28See all my reviews

I agree with most of the other comments. This movie was particularly interesting for the insights into native American mores with the white American boy as "outsider" - a reversal of the usual eurocentric approach in western-type movies. I was also interested in the shamanic angle. In response to the previous reviewer, I think the dream of mother that led to the search for the white boy points up a cultural difference between the openness to intuitive (?left-brain) guidance in the native/older cultures rather than the western emphasis on logical/reasoned thinking. This ultimately had good results in that Nick was able to intervene and save the peace-loving Chief when he came under potential attack by a rival leader of the tribe agitating for a more aggressive stance towards the white migrant interlopers (the bit where Nick - having learnt how as part of his warrior training - throws the tomahawk which hits the weapon out of the rival chief's hand before it can hit the main chief - but you'd miss this bit in the movie if you blink, as it takes place very rapidly!). The dream therefore ultimately led to Nick being present and preventing a bad interracial conflict arising. The focus of the movie did seem to be on building bridges between two different cultures and the willingness of Nick to accept mentoring from Morigami is a positive lesson to us to work together today, when the cultural and racial conflicts still seem as deep as ever (and not all from one side!). The movie impelled me to find out more about the native American and shoshone cultures and I hope it has had the same effect on others who have viewed it. A great story, highlighting serious issues in a sympathetic way. Reminded me also of "Dances With Wolves".

Mike Knollys

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